It’s never to early to begin to teach your kids the importance of manners and how to be a good guest. Today I’m sharing a few ideas for teaching your children how to be a good guest.
Children love the opportunity to visit friends and family for play dates, holidays, birthdays, weddings and so many more.
It is fun for children to see people, experience new things, play with new toys, and spend time with friends. This makes it essential to teach our children how to be a good and gracious guest. The first step is to set simple ground rules and go over them as often as necessary.
Teaching Children to be a Guest
Simple Rules to be a Good Guest
- Always say please and thank you during your visit.
- Always ask permission before touching or playing with anything.
- Follow the rules of the house or venue you are visiting.
- Never run or jump inside a friends home or event venue.
- Always use your “inside” voice.
- Eat and drink in designated areas only unless given permission from an adult.
- Never open door. Including cabinets, refrigerator, drawers, or closed doors.
- If you accidentally spill something or make a mistake always be honest and apologize.
- Know where the bathroom is upon entering to avoid an accident.
- Always thank the host for inviting you.
Fun Activity to Teach Your Child How to Be a Guest
Children learn quicker when they are engaged in active play. Incorporating role play is one effective way to teach this lesson.
You can use puppets, stuffed animals, dolls, or just role play with your child.
Go through different scenarios demonstrating good and poor behavior as well as different types of events.
Give your child the experience of being the host as well as the guest. A child will also learn the importance of proper guest behavior from the perspective what she would expect as a host.
Remember the point of teaching a child to be a proper guest is to show respect a gratitude to the host. Rules are a great guideline and perfect place to start. Yet, you will see through discussing thankfulness, respect, and obedience in light of being a guest that your child will naturally take on the role of a good guest.
Free Printable Challenge
Download and print the Guest Challenge Cards Activity to help you with this activity below.
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