At what age do you do/expect to do playdates where the kids are dropped off and the parents don't stay?
I had exchanged #s with another mom in their class so we could plan something, so yesterday I texted her and said since it was a nice day they were welcome to come over and play and she could bring both of her kids (she has a girl in their class and a 3rd grade girl). She said sure they were over about 30 minutes later.
When they got here she thanked us for doing this and she was excited about being able to work on her lesson plans (she's a teacher) and have some time alone. I was shocked and embarrassed, I had no intentions of this being a drop off situation, but one where she stuck around and chatted while the kids played. My DH was busy with garden and yard work, so I wasn't prepared to watch 4 kids alone, plus I don't know these girls other than a few meetings at school events! So I had to tell her that wasn't the intention of the invitation and she was very nice and apologized for misunderstanding and I apologized if I miscommunicated, and thankfully she stayed.
Are we at an age (6) where playdates are expected to be a drop off situation? I was really looking forward to getting to know another mom, and I wouldn't be comfortable just dropping mine off with her because I don't really know her yet.