Over the last 2 years we’ve had a fair few house guests. See we moved from an apartment to a house by the beach, so it was bound to happen. But from all of these visitors I’m sure that I now that I know the key principles of being a good house guest.
- You may be on vacation but your hosts mightn’t be, relax, chill out, but help out where you can.
- Offer to cook a meal
- If your hosts suggest getting take out its polite of offer to contribute towards the cost, or offer to pay (if you have the financial means)
- If their children instigate play with you, you are obliged to play
- Children wake up early. Be warned parents can’t change this because you want to sleep in. No one can quieten down a happy toddler in the morning! If a quiet vacation is what you need them get a hotel!
- Be mindful of what you say to the toddler and how you say it. Toddlers are sponges
- If you’ve taken up a new habit since last seeing your friends it’s probably a good idea to let your friend know before you ask if you can stay. For example – don’t arrive to stay at a non smoking household with a newborn and announce that your now a smoker. (Yes that’s happened)
The overarching principle is BE MINDFUL. Don’t make life harder for your host. Life with a newborn, toddler or child can be pretty full on. If you make their life that little bit easier your friends will welcome you back with open arms anytime!