Re: How long for a 5 year old play date?
I think there are two types of playdates. There are the ones where parents stay and there are the ones where parents do not.
You are not expected to socialize with every single parent that your child wants to have their kid over to play. Certainly, at 5yrs old, with a family I trusted, I would let another child just be dropped off at my house for a playdate or visa versa.
It's rare that I talk to my sister and she doesn't have 1 or more extra kids at her house and she's not entertaining the parents. She's letting the kids have fun in the other room or the backyard while she goes on with housecleaning or whatever. It's fun for the kids to have a friend over.
SAHM to Magnolia May (09/10), Luke Russett (04/13) and expecting 11/16. Wife and best friend to my airman.