Play date nightmare!
When we have a friend over for tea, both my children, age eight and ten, always act up. They wind each other up, argue and try and get the other one into to trouble.
I find the whole experience very stressful and often end up telling one or other of them off whilst the friend is there, which makes me feel terrible. I have tried to arrange for the one without the friend to be elsewhere, at a friend’s house, but it’s not always possible, or I have an activity for me to do with the other child, but they still get drawn towards the child with a friend. I’ve also tried having a friend for both children at the same time but that is even more disastrous.
After the friend has gone home we also often have some sort of a meltdown. Sometimes I wonder whether the whole thing is worth it.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to manage play dates with siblings?