Our last Mannerly Monday post dealt with being a guest in someone’s home. Today, let’s flip the coin and discuss being a mannerly host. Here are some areas to work on with your children when you have guests in your home.
- When your guests arrive, greet them at the door and invite them into your home. Offer to take any coats and hang them up.
- Make sure they have a comfortable place to sit. Let others take a seat first, while you sit wherever is left.
- With your parent’s permission, take the other children to your room or other area to play. Offer others first choice of what they would like to do. Make sure that you share your toys and games and always play fair. If there are several children, make sure that you are welcoming and friendly to all of them.
- At appropriate times, offer your guests snacks and drinks. Be willing to help your parents serve the family’s guests.
- When guests leave, walk them to the door or to their car and thank them for coming.
We always want to be hospitable and make others feel welcome in our home. The basic premise should be that the guest comes first. If you have suggestions for helping children learn to be good hosts, please share in the comments section.