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Prom­ise treats.

Send a text telling your guests you’re ea­ger for their ar­rival and that good­ies like strong cof­fee, ice cream, and bour­bon will be wait­ing for them. It’ll make air­port se­cu­rity or traf ic more en­durable.

Have small gifts wait­ing,

sug­gests Charles Fisher, a dad of two and the re­sort man­ager of the Four Sea­sons Re­sort in Or­lando. Of­fer kids pre­sents of the craft or ac­tiv­ity va­ri­ety to give them some­thing to do dur­ing lulls (read: free you to sit and chat with your sis).

Make time for self-care.

It may be hard with peo­ple stay­ing in your home, but self-care can be as sim­ple as do­ing some deep breath­ing in the shower. Any­thing you can do to get cen­tered be­fore you’re jug­gling your guests will help, says psy­chother­a­pist and mom Perri Shaw Bor­ish.

Don’t try to do it all!

You’re not run­ning a B&B, so out­source chores when you can. Or­der in pizza or take the kids out for pan­cakes. And re­mem­ber: Most guests want to feel use­ful, so let them set the ta­ble or strip their beds. When you feel over­whelmed, re­mind your­self that no visit’s suc­cess hinges on how clean your toi­lets are or how crisp your linens may be. Sure, my sis­ter-in-law in­evitably man­ages to check all the boxes on her list, but her nat­u­ral hos­pi­tal­ity has more to do with her host­ing phi­los­o­phy than her Swif­fer skills: “It’s all about the tra­di­tions and mem­o­ries we’re cre­at­ing for our kids,” she says. “Time to­gether with fam­ily and friends will truly stay with them.”

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