Every now and then, we’d like to plan a formal dinner party with a variety of guests and occasions. You don’t have to send your kids away to your moms or to a sitters house. It’s becoming much more widely accepted to include kids of all ages to be the an important part of the formal gatherings we host. It is authentic, real, natural, communal and holistic.
It is the dream of every parent to create an amicable atmosphere that will leave their guests feeling more at home than ever before; and this couldn’t get even better without the active involvement of kids when entertaining your esteemed guests.It’s true that at times kids can get a bit unruly when guests are around, leaving you with silently clenched teeth and those constant glares at them, whose message, unfortunately, always goes ignored most of the time. So, what do you do to ensure that you’ll always want to give your kids a grateful hug after your visitors’ departure? Here are a few ideas that might help:
It is of utmost importance to let your kids know that you’ll be expecting some visitors. It can only be fair enough to get both yourself and your child prepared, rather than expect them to automatically adapt to the change in the living room once visitors come along. After informing your kids basic dinner etiquette, it will also do you a lot of justice to give them a few guidelines on what you expect them to do such as greet the visitors respectfully, avoid playing and making noise in the presence of the visitors, and a bunch of other simple rules that you think would be important to observe.
Additionally, you might request your kids, depending on their age, to help you in preparing as well as serving the visitors’ refreshments or meal. Many parents will tell you that one of the many things kids enjoy doing is preparing meals with their parents. Not only does this activity prove educational for kids but also acts as a powerful session of bonding with the parent. When It comes time to eat, be sure to remind your kids to observe proper table manners during mealtime.
From the pre-phase, the actual time comes when your visitors will come knocking. Time for action. At this point, it is quite important to retain the usual way you interact with your kids around the house when nobody is around. Kids can be quite sensitive to such matters and you might only get them confused if you tried acting in a more strict manner simply because your lawyer is within the vicinity. Let the whole process of entertaining your visitors seem as natural as it could possibly be.
Finally, your visitors will eventually leave. At this juncture, it’s important to appreciate your kids for what they did right and correct them with love on areas they might have messed. This will enable them appreciate every time somebody visits as an opportunity to extend the warmth and love of the family as naturally as possible.