This has been an insanely busy month for us. We spent the first two weeks visiting family in Calgary and these last two weeks are going to be spent with family visiting us from overseas. To say the least, this has been quite the change of pace from our usual routine. I’d say it has been especially challenging for my two daughters who naturally, like most young children, fare better with their normal routines.
Being a houseguest or having houseguests can both be equally hard on children. It can disrupt their schedules and throw their small worlds into disarray. However, I’ve found that there are ways to minimize the negative effects so that everyone involved can enjoy the experience and have a great time. Because I’ve been sticking to a few houseguest rules, my children are having an incredible time with friends and family with only minor hiccups:
As long as I am able to accommodate my children, there is nothing I enjoy more than family gatherings and spending time with the people I love. With just a little bit of thoughtful planning, everyone can have a wonderful time, including my young daughters.
What are some of your tips to managing your children during family and friend visits?