A few weeks ago, my 9 year old offered to make breakfast for everyone – a Giant Puffed Pancake. On his own initiative, he put toppings in bowls and set out the necessary cups and plates, plus set the table for everyone. I was so happy to see my son had absorbed the lessons of hospitality he had participated and witnessed in our family.
The holidays can be a great time to teach kids about practicing hospitality and being good hosts. From littlest to biggest, there are lots of ways to include kids in preparing for guests staying in your home or guests coming from dinner. The key is to tailor the task to the age, and make time to supervise. Teenagers can also help supervise preparations by younger siblings as long as they understand what needs to be done.
Preparing for guests at meal time
Include children in preparing the food for the meal. They can help shop for food, or do simple prep tasks like cutting up vegetables.
Have one or more children set the table. We assign two children for table setting with the 4 year old paired up with the 9 year old, and the 5 and 7 year old paired together.
Have one child responsible for collecting coats from guests and storing them in a designated spot. This works best if the clothes can be laid on a bed.
How do you teach your children about serving others?
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