Lately, I am realizing how a finished basement will be nice for our children. Right now when Charley has a playdate they play right under my feet. This can be a good thing and a bad thing...
I love that I can hear and see what they are doing. Listening to four year olds interact is very entertaining...but listening to them disagree or argue at my feet...it is really hard not to step in. I try really hard not to. So a basement would give them the space so that mama isn't stepping in. Lately, we have had some new playdates that are reoccurring. Charley goes there one week...they come here the next. I think this will be so nice this winter when it is cold and we are trying to avoid the indoor play/germ areas.
I don't know if it is that Mr. C is turning 5 soon or if it is the influence of these playdates but there are some neat things occurring because of some new friend time. From some of his playdates he is being inspired...
From Miss Elly - is inspired to imagine and play make believe whether it is house, spy camp, or other stuff.
From our neighbor girls- he preforms dog shows and plays with his stuffed animals -which I love because you collect these stuffed things and then they just sit.
From Mr. Hayden- Charley now pulls out his building toys (tinker toys, lincoln logs, blocks, legos) and builds for 30 minute chunks of time - all by himself!
From Mr. Talon - he is seeing that you can take your time to color and use many colors.
It is really fun to watch your child play with other children. You see their personality, how they problem solve, their tendencies with those he knows well and those that are strangers, and his confidence in what he knows and believes. Playdates are such a gift. And some people might shy away from having another child come over to their house, but really - the truth - I get so much done when there is another child here. Charley is happy and I can see and hear his happiness. And the toy mess that they make - totally worth it (if you don't feel like having clean up breaks from time to time).