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Grown-ups worry about unequal playdates

By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: My husband and I have two children, ages six and one. We are part of a group of three other couples who also have kids. Our friends all have one child each.

I have noticed in the last year or so that two of the couples are always doing things together with their children. Their kids are 2-1/2 and 3 and they are always going over each other's houses, going on outings and such.

The problem is that they never invite us!

I don't know if they are inviting our other friends who have a seven-month-old, but I don't see that family in the pictures I see of their outings, which are posted all over social media.

These two couples invite us and other friends to other things (showers, holiday parties and birthdays) but not when they go out for playdates with their children. It hurts me that they don't include my children because we have always invited them whenever we do things.

My husband brushes it off. It doesn't bother him, but it bothers me.

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Now I feel like excluding these families from our lives. My husband will still be friends with them, but I feel like stepping back and not including them in mine or my children's lives anymore.

Can you provide any advice?

-- Left Out

Dear Left Out: Here's my advice: Grow up.

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