Magazine article Work & Family Life

Having Visitors or Going Home for the Holidays?

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Having Visitors or Going Home for the Holidays?

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Q My son and daughter-in-law are coming for Thanksgiving with their 7-year-old daughter and 2-year-old twin boys. Our house is full of breakables and we have an unfenced pond on our land. Any advice?

-B.C., Athens, GA

A This is a time of year when many of us will be visited by, or will visit, family and friends. Here are a few guidelines to make it safe and fun for all.

If you are the host family

Keep in mind that children's likes, dislikes and interests are constantly changing. Find out their favorite games, toys and foods and have some on hand for them.

DISCUSS THE ACCOMMODATIONS in case parents need to bring a portable crib or playpen. Let visitors know if you have stairs that can't be closed off so they can bring a portable gate.

"CHILD PROOF" the house as much as you can. Don't forget to put drapery and window shade cords out of reach and secure cupboard doors.

BE AWARE OF WHERE CHILDREN ARE at all times. For example, city parents may think four-year-olds can play alone outside. Talk about house rules right away, such as "no one goes out without a grownup."

If you're the visiting family

LET YOUR HOSTS KNOW what time the kids go to bed, any allergies they have and their favorite foods. …

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