You can't exactly post these rules for your guests like you might post rules for your kids.
Still, they are guests in your home, and it's good to have some guidelines in mind, should you need to enforce them. Especially for pint-size guests!
Also, kids need to be able to have friends over.
But they also need limits they understand ahead of time. This is partially for their benefit.
Here are the 11 rules that work in my home.
Have some activities in mind and perhaps even set up for when friends arrive.
No eating anywhere but in the kitchen - or outside, weather permitting. For kids, anyway!
This will both keep the carpet and floors cleaner and provide a delay you're likely to hear if they're putting on shoes to go outside.A strategically placed entryway shoe cubbie or bench by the front door makes it easy for guests young and old to slip off footwear as they enter.
Consider placing a wicker basket next to it and fill with various sizes of comfy unisex slippers for those cold days and nights.
They should keep the sounds heard throughout the house to a dull roar.
People and things can get broken when excited little ones run wild inside.
Toys, games, etc. must be put away after use. And before moving on to the next activity.
This alone will cut down on a majority of the after play date clean ups as well as teach kids about caring for their possessions.
Every child that played with the toys should be part of the clean-up.
Make sure the kids know it's not open season when it comes to the movie channels on TV.
It's a good idea to check up on the kids for this one.
Brothers and sisters are not allowed to horn in on the fun with a sibling's invited friends - unless invited.
Conversations must be five minutes or less. No making crank calls.
Okay, maybe I did. But it bears repeating.
Young visitors should be aware that the penalty for infraction of these house rules is a call to his or her parent for immediate pickup. Period.