Hello Visitors!  Welcome To My Home, Here Is The Rule Book.

Visitors to your home can be fun and helpful but can also be very stressful.  Remember, you are the expert on your child’s routine and their schedule.  Don’t be afraid to let people know of your expectations when they are visiting and interacting with your child.  A perfect example is a visiting relative who smokes cigarettes and is not used to being around babies.  They go outside your home to smoke but the second hand smoke is still infiltrating your home.  A friend comes over and turns on your TV and starts watching an inappropriate movie.  These are just a few examples where you need to be a mindful mommy and speak up for what you want your child to be exposed to.

You also need to be aware of having other children in your home.  Remember, the rules in their home may not be the same as the rules in your home.  For example, my children grew up with dogs.  I taught then to love and respect animals.  I also have taught them that dogs can be dangerous and unpredictable.  Therefore, my children understand how to pet the dogs and leave them alone when they are tired.  For children not used to being around dogs they may try to grab and pull their tails or chase them.  Therefore, do not assume all children know to interact with dogs.  It is your role to be mindful of these situations and inform the children of the rules for visiting your home.

By:  Shannon Davis PT, DPT