According to the New York Post, parents obsessed with getting their toddlers into elite kindergartens, like Trinity and Horace Mann, are willing to shell out $400-an-hour for these play dates. It’s totally worth it too, kids who come out of those schools are said to be among the best Duck, Duck, Goose players in the world.
Why do kids who are as young as 4-years-old even need a recreation expert? Well, it turns out that wealthy kids are totally clueless when it comes to spontaneity. Wednesday Martin, who is documenting rich Manhattan mothers, was quoted saying, “These children have five classes a week but they don’t know the simplest thing — how to be at ease and play spontaneously with a child.”
Time to teach them how to be spontaneous too. Let’s schedule thirty minutes of that after lunch. Hopefully these top dollar kindergartens have some top dollar therapists too.
The paid play dates are monitored by experts who instruct toddlers on how to socialize with other “well-heeled peers” in order to increase their chances of getting accepted into these private schools. Of course this program doesn’t include teaching wealthy kids how to play with poor kids? And why would they? Poor kids are totally gross!