Tips For Managing Kids While Hosting For The Holidays
Hosting friends and family for the holidays is no easy undertaking whether you're a seasoned entertainer or new to the game. Throwing kids into the mix adds comfortable chaos, but adding a little structure for younger guests can make holiday hosting a little easier. Here are a few tips for managing kids while hosting for the holidays.
Lay Down The Law
Having lots of family and friends in your home for the holidays creates a new dynamic your kids may not be used to. You may have to change some rules a bit and set up boundaries to keep them and your guests comfortable. Go over privacy rules with your kids as well as which areas and items are restricted. It may take a few mistakes and missteps for the rules to sink in, but it makes guests more comfortable even if they don't know they're being shielded from everyday behaviors. Stay positive about the rules with your children and let them know the boundaries will be redrawn after the holidays.
Let Them Help
With extra people in your house, it's hard to keep track of what everyone is doing and if the kids are staying out of trouble. One way to combat mischief is by keeping them busy with responsibilities. Give the kids hosting responsibilities and let them take charge of tasks you need to get done to be a great host. Give them easy things to do like putting pet clothes on the dog to take him for a walk, stocking bathroom supplies and linens, or making sure the entryway is in order. Not only does it help you out, but it gives them something to take ownership of and take pride in to accommodate visitors. In short, it makes them feel as important as they are.
Plan A Program
Hosting the holidays is a lot like project management: you need a schedule for every activity, and communicating this schedule to your kids makes keeping track of them much easier. Before your guests arrive, create a calendar of all the tasks, chores and meals for the week that your family is staying with you. Post it in the kitchen on the refrigerator or chalkboard where everyone can see it and they (and you) know where they're supposed to be at all times.
Keep Them Active
Holiday hosting isn't all about showers and meals and wrapping gifts ? all of that takes up a lot of time, but there is some down time. To keep your kids (and your guests) from getting antsy, plan a few events to get everyone out of the house and enjoy the season. Before your guests arrive, ask your kids for ideas on what they want to do and what they think the guests would like to see while they're visiting. You can have an ice skating outing, play games, watch a community tree lighting or see a holiday production put on by a local theatre club or ballet troupe.
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