Hints from Heloise: Tips on how to be a good guest, brewing a better cup of coffee and more

We have an extended family and a large home. I love having family stop by and come for a visit, but I’ve noticed that they seem to think all the work is on me.

Samantha, I love having company, too, but like you, I want them to remember that I’m their host, not their slave. So, here are my hints for being a good guest:

Arrive with a small gift and send a thank-you note or message once you arrive back home.

Offer to help your host with dinner, errands or cleaning up. Keep the room where you stay picked up and neat.

Respect your host’s privacy by giving them some alone time. They aren’t there to entertain you 24/7. Bring a book to read or go exploring in the area.

Offer to take the host out to dinner or make dinner for them. But if you make dinner, make sure to clean as you go.

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