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Growing Up as an 80s Kid 2 months 6 days ago #85

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1982 – Ok, so play dates weren’t even a thing in the 80s. But if they were, they actually had very little parent intervention:

“Mum, I’m going to my friend’s house”
“Ok”
Picks bike off the front lawn and rides to friend’s house, without a helmet, on the footpath or on the road, with no hands.
Drop bike on friend’s front lawn.
Knock on front door and ask if friend is allowed play.
Hang out with friend.

2015 – Now play dates are such a ‘thing’ that there are whole webpages dedicated to how to host the best ones.

“Mum, can I have a play date with my friend?”
“Maybe. Let me just check my diary. Ok, you could see them next Saturday. I just need to check with their mum to see if they’re free. If they’re not free then, I’ll try for the following Sunday”
The mums make arrangements for a mutually convenient time, agree on who will host the play date and book in appropriate start and end times for the play date.
The visiting child’s mum will then drive child to the friend’s house with some appropriate BYO snacks.
The visiting child’s mum will take child inside and decline a coffee as she is eager to drop and run [but not before noticing that the host mum has baked biscuits – possibly organic]

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