John of the lovely, local furniture company Via Toy Box offers this hack for shy kids who need a gentle nudge to initiate playdates:
I drop off and pick up my 3 year old daughter from preschool. She would love to make play dates with her little friends, but we're both a little shy. Well, not really me, but it is a bit awkward since moms usually pick up their kids. I don't know how comfortable everyone would be if I asked if we could play together sometime. So, I thought these little business-like cards would help to break the ice and help my daughter make some friends and play dates. The front says, "Scarlet – Preschool Kid", our address, and my wife's contact info. The back of the card is shown below.
It was so cute and she was so psyched up when she handed it to her little friend's mommy. The three other moms around her at the time laughed when I pointed out that her schedule was on the back. Needless to say, email notes have been exchanged and the play date is imminent. I probably need to start printing some more cards, maybe with a little artwork next time.
This is wonderful. It honors a shy child's need to go a little slower socially while encouraging her to spread her wings.
John, I'm also interested what you said about what it's like to be one of the few dads at school dropoff time. My husband sometimes found himself in a similar position. Other dads care to share?
(And I just have to point back to a Via Toy Box review we did some time ago…it's a beautiful, versatile product.)