Hello, dad of 2 elementary school daughters here. They make friends pretty easily when they have classes or on the playground.
We have a clique of close friends for them and us, but we’re open to new people of course.
Last week a mom and I chatted after a summer class ended, and exchanged numbers for the kids to play, because they had met over this week-long class. They live one city over and it’s unlikely that we’d see them again, unless we planned it. I don’t think my kids clicked that strongly with them, and further the little brother of the siblings kept trying to give unwelcome hugs to my youngest. I talked to my DD and she doesn’t want to see them again. I’m in agreement. (The mom didn’t hold back her son.). My other daughter doesn’t care, or remember much about her classmate.
My question isn’t whether we hang out with them and start a back and forth. It’s that I want to be polite, and I don’t want to burn bridges, or be rude. And, I’d like to see how other parents are being selective. Do I just not write back? I’m not normally like that.