I used to really work up a sweat preparing for playdates hosted at our house. I also worked myself into a crazy tizzy.
Are the windows wiped down? Is that dog drool on the wall? Have I vacuumed up every trace of anything with fur that lives in this house? Are there fingerprints on the trashcan? Goodness, we can’t have them thinking we have a dirty trashcan!
Now, I simply don’t have the time and the energy. Or? I’m just over it. With that in mind, I’ve come up with a pledge that should outline what one should and shouldn’t expect when coming to our house with small children.
The Playdate Pledge
I can’t promise my floors will be spotless, but I will strive to keep dust-bunnies to a size that is not frightening to your small child.
I can’t promise my trashcan will shine, but I will strive to at least make sure it can close.
I can’t promise there will be no dirty dishes in my sink, but I will strive to make sure we can’t see the stacked pile from the living room.
I can’t promise my kid won’t hit yours with a toy sword, but I will strive to make sure all real knives are moved off the counters.
I can’t promise my house will smell like “clean cotton” or anything “crisp,” but I will strive to make sure it doesn’t smell like a 3 year old (who insists on peeing ALL BY HIMSELF and misses the toilet about 6 times a day) lives here.
I can’t promise I’ll have wholesome, organic snacks your kid will love, but I will strive to have some that aren’t dusted with processed cheese powder.
I can’t promise the toys will be sterile, but I will strive to keep them free of Ebola.
Kendall is 3 years 3 months and Leyna is 8 months old