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11 HOUSEHOLD RULES FOR YOUNG GUESTS





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.

  1  hosts (yes, kids) plan ahead for visitors

Have some activities in mind and perhaps even set up for when friends arrive.

  2  WE ONLY EAT IN THE KITCHEN

No eating anywhere but in the kitchen - or outside, weather permitting. For kids, anyway!

  3  NO SHOES IN THE HOUSE

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.

  4  NO LOUD MUSIC

They should keep the sounds heard throughout the house to a dull roar.

  5  NO RUNNING, SHRIEKING, OR ROUGH-HOUSING INSIDE

People and things can get broken when excited little ones run wild inside.

  6  PUT THINGS AWAY AFTER you USE them

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.

  7  NO MOVIES or tv WITHOUT PERMISSION

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.

  8  WHEN SIBLINGS HAVE FRIENDS OVER, THEY ARE THE SIBLING'S FRIEND

Brothers and sisters are not allowed to horn in on the fun with a sibling's invited friends - unless invited.

  9  PHONES ARE FOR BUSINESS

Conversations must be five minutes or less. No making crank calls.

  10  DID I MENTION NO RUNNING, SHRIEKING, OR ROUGH-HOUSING?

Okay, maybe I did. But it bears repeating.

  11  GUESTS MUST ABIDE BY ALL HOUSEHOLD RULES

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.

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