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Parenting Tips on Entertaining Other Families with Children
Below are successful ways you and your family can entertain other families with children:
1. Let your children help you plan the party. They are sure to contribute ideas for food and games that your kid-guests will enjoy, and the more your children feel like hosts, the more successful the event will be.
2. Plan an ice-breaking activity that the kids can all do together as soon as guests arrive. Make it something simple that does not need much adult supervision - a kids' tour of the house and yard, for example, or a group mural (hang butcher paper and put out markers). This enables the kids to get to know each other (or become reacquainted) on their own time, and adults then get a chance to greet each other.
3. Be sure to have ready a few structured activities, such as playing games or making crafts, but don't interrupt the kids to participate in these if they are getting along well and devising their own entertainment.
4. If you have a big group, suggest that each parent take a half-hour shift supervising the kids. That way, the children get to know each adult (and vice versa), and each adult is likely to have enough enthusiasm and energy for one short shift. The other advantage, of course, is that the adults all get time to talk among themselves.
5. Plan a meal that encourages everyone to move around and get to know each other. Barbecues are successful for just this reason, as are picnics. You can also try an ice cream sundae bar or a cookie-decorating party. And no matter what is on the menu, be sure to have peanut butter and jelly and other kid staples on hand so your adult guests don't have to spend the meal imploring their children to eat unfamiliar food.
6. Have in mind a few activities that adults and children can do together as a group. Charades, softball, touch football, and group walks through the neighborhood are all tried and true. For older children - if you want to be more creative - you can try something more unusual, such as a game of group portraits: write everyone's name on a piece of paper and put the pieces into a hat; each person then pulls the name of another and draws his or her portrait; in the end, everyone must guess whose portrait is whose.
7. In the event some kids tire out before their parents (or just in case one or two children need some quiet time), put out a few children's books or comics and have on hand a couple of children's videos.
At the end of the party, take group pictures so that you can send copies to your guests later. With older children you can encourage the kids to exchange phone numbers or, if your guests are from out of town, addresses. This ensures that the kids will feel that their party was only the beginning of an on-going friendship and exchange.