The Internet has taken over the traditional toddler play date, according to a recent article in the Gazette.  States the article, “Young parents on a career hiatus or with part-time jobs are increasingly joining Web-based play date groups, hoping to meet other parents and to give toddlers a chance to socialize.”  The groups seem to work well with today’s busy parents, with a growing number of groups being found on Yahoo! and Meetup.com.  A mom of such a group in Bethesda, MD, says, “I think all of the moms, they weren’t stay-at-home moms before. They had careers, most of them were lawyers. Being at home all day isn’t necessarily what they want to do.”  Most of the groups do have regular meeting days and times and rotate shifts at each parent’s house. 

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