Parties and family gatherings are an exciting and sometimes scary time for young children. They move from a calm home environment to a space where everyone wants to spend time with them.
Of course, all that attention isn’t meant to overwhelm your child! And there’s something you can do to get ready.
Before an event like birthday parties or holidays, prepare a little role play game to help your child be the center of attention with grace and poise.
Try these scenarios at your own home:
1. Knock on your front door with your child and ask another family member (older sibling or other parent) to pretend to be your host. Practice shaking hands or hugging and saying hello.
2. If you’re bringing a gift, practice handing it to your host saying, “This is for you.” It’s a great ice breaker!
3. As you enter the home, practice taking shoes off and hanging coats up, and explain to your child that this is what guests do at a party.
4. If your child would like to find a place to play or read a book quietly, practice asking your host, “May I use your bedroom?” or “Where can I play?”
By preparing in this way, your child will understand the ins and outs of social etiquette!
Every holiday or birthday party you attend will be a new learning experience, and your child will be ready to be a graceful and considerate guest.
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