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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl...  (More)

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Glad we were all unprepared

Uploaded: Apr 27, 2015
This morning my son and his friends had fun running around at the park.

None of us parents had expected the temperature to be in the 80s, so many of us came to the park unprepared. Not only did we meet up at a park with very little shade, but many of the kids were dressed in long pants and long shirts. Not exactly summer attire.

When we accidentally go to a play date unprepared, we almost always can keep our kids happy if we pool our resources together. Someone forget sunscreen? toys? a diaper? snacks? water? No worries, most of the time one parent has remembered something that another has forgotten.

It can be hard to figure out exactly what to pack in your diaper bag when you leave the house with little ones. You don't want to lug a huge bag of unnecessary stuff that you will never use, but you also don't want to have to leave an enjoyable outing early just because you left something important at home.

It's nice to sometimes lean on the shoulders of friends when you come unprepared to a play date. And it's especially nice when you can immediately return the favor when they are also in need of an extra hand.


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Posted by Palo Alto Parent, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland,
on Apr 29, 2015 at 7:05 pm

There's an app for that

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Posted by EmmaB, a resident of College Terrace,
on May 1, 2015 at 1:52 pm

EmmaB is a registered user.

SO TRUE! We adults think we're so much smarter than our children... And yet, they seem to have so much more social intelligence than we do, sometimes.

How many times have you seen a child walk up to another child and say, "Can I use that when you're done?" "What are you working on?" "Can I play?"

Adults hardly ever do that. I'm glad something like an unexpectedly hot day can bring us together for community and sharing :)

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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Almanac Online blogger,
on May 1, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

EmmaB - Thanks so much for commenting! Yes, kids can definitely teach us parents a lot.

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