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  1. GP
    November 13, 2017 @ 12:43 pm

    Have you tried inviting children from your son’s class for a get-together? I organize these things for my child and tend to plan out every detail (I still plan it out completely, but social interactions have become more spontaneous for her).

    For Halloween, we invited classmates to trick or treat together in our neighborhood. Soon, we are having a gingerbread-house-decorating party. We have had baking parties in the past as well as crafting get-togethers. Since your son seems to like baking, maybe have a baking party? Of course, checking with the other moms will be key so that the other children can bake something they like. It usually takes some planning, but it may be worth a try. The key to success for us seemed to be: Choose an activity the child likes and is good at and keep the get-together short. We always invite the classmates’ siblings as well (often they tend to help out and it makes it easier for the parents to be able to attend). It always helps to have a movie ready or to serve pizza/dinner while waiting for things to bake.

    By the way, of course, cookies or cookie cakes or muffins/cupcakes tend to really make baking in a group easier (everybody goes home with their own product). For the gingerbread houses, I get the crafting kits and buy extra items to decorate. I use cardboard covered with aluminum foil as a base. It is best to get at least an extra kit (in case someone’s gingerbread roof or wall breaks). I always have extra icing to hold the pieces together (and literally each year, the moms hold the walls/roofs together till the icing dries). In the end, I use clear gift basket bags to wrap the house. The house on the base gets placed inside and then, just tie the bag and voila. I do always make sure my hubby is around for any of these get-togethers in case my child has a meltdown (then he helps her and I stay with the guests). Also, it is good to have an extra pair of hands or someone who can run to the store if one of the guests is not eating what is being served (we usually are proactive and get chicken poppers or nuggets along with pizza and a sandwich platter, but you never know.

    Good luck with everything! These get-togethers are great practice for our kids, even when they are a bit stressful for us and even when they don’t seem to be perfect. At the very least, we found they help create awesome memories.

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