Thursday, December 8, 2016

10 Tips for Helping Your Teen Prepare for the GED Test

Passing the GED test requires knowing basic information such as math, English, and reading along with a few others subjects. Here are ten tips for helping your teen prepare for the GED test.

1. Some colleges offer a basic GED class to help students be more prepared to pass the GED. Depending upon how long ago it has been since your teen was last in school then a basic GED class at a college might be a good idea. The GED classes offer a college are only a few weeks long or so. They are only a few hours long about twice a week. Check out your local college for more information.


2. You can buy some flash cards to help your teen improve on math. It is a good idea to have your teen read a few books and to improve on writing. The GED test has a time limit on each sections of the test so it is important that your teen can figure out basic math answers pretty quick.


3. You can help your teen know fractions, addition, subtraction, and division. The math is the most important part since it is quite difficult. You need to take a few weeks to help your teen have good review of basic math. Flash cards are a great way to make learning fun.


4. Give your teen encourage by telling him or she that they are smart. Tell them that you know that they can accomplish passing the GED test even though it takes a large amount of hard work and determination. Tell them that they need to stay motivated and don’t give up.


5. The GED test requires the person to be able to write a essay as part of the English test. Make sure that the student can write without many spelling error and grammar errors. It is important to not get stressed out over the essay part of the English. The topic of the essay is usually something that is interesting and not boring. Make sure to help your teen improve his or her writing skills if they have any difficulty a few weeks before trying to pass the GED test.


6. Tell your teen how much better he or she will feel about themselves after they pass the GED test. Let them know that when they pass the GED test that will enable them to get a better job and also enable them to go college. Let your teen know that passing the GED test is something to be proud of afterwards since it takes hard work to accomplish it.


7. Make sure that your teen gets enough sleep and eats healthy the day before taking the taking the GED test. Help your teen feel less stressed out since he or she is probably going to be nervous about the entire thing. Let them know that they don’t need to worry about the GED test as much, but just encourage them do their best as possible.


8. If your teen gets overwhelmed or upset then just explain to her or him that everyone gets upset and stressed out before a big test. It is a good idea to study for a while and then do something relaxing. It is better to review the study materials every once a in while a few times each day.


9. You want to help your teen review some of the study material a few hours before taking a chance at trying to take the GED test. It is always a good idea to study notes a few hours before taking a test since the information will be more easy to remember.


10. Let your teen know a few tips before taking the test. It will help them get a better score on the test when they answer the questions that they know the answers to right away without taking a few minutes to figure out the answer and then save the hardest questions for last to answer. Remind your teen not to panic when taking the test.


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10 Tips to Make Your Home Based Business Look Professional

So you want to know how to make your home based business look professional? This is the perfect article for you. In order for people to take you seriously when you run a home based business then you must be professional the entire time. Here are some tips to on how to make your home based business look professional.

1. Have a professional message on your answering machine. Yes, you need to have a professional message when people call your business telephone. You need to state the hours of operation and when they can expect to receive call back. You also need to tell them where they can find more information about your company such as your new website for your company.


2. Have a fax machine. Yes, you need a fax number. You don’t even have to buy a expensive fax machine. You can even sign up to receive faxes over the Internet at www.efax.com and other websites. It is reasonable and affordable. It is great to have a fax to send contracts and other proposals back and forth.


3. Make your company appear larger than it actually is. It will give people the impression that your company is pretty good sized and has quite a few of employee’s. They will think that you are organized and know what you are doing. You can have the role of more than one person when operating your own company out of your house.


4. Don’t have loud background noise when talking to a client on the telephone. Don’t let them hear the television running in the background or the kids screaming. You want to give them the impression that you are in a office building. You can always play a soft type of music in the background since most offices play music.


5. Have a professional website. People love to shop on the Internet to order products or services and also find out additional information about a company. Make sure that people can find out about your company by having a professional website. You can build your own website with a great template without having to know HTML.


6. Let people be able to contact you during regular hours. It is important to have regular hours of operation for your business. It is okay if you like to work at night time or early in the morning when everyone else is sleeping, but make sure to be available to answer emails and phone calls at normal business hours. People get a little nervous if they can never a response to emails or get a real person on the phone.


7. Send out products or services in reasonable amount of time. Don’t wait til the last minute. People like to see that companies are on time and that care about their customers. You will get repeat customers when you show that you are dependable and reliable.


8. Have professional envelopes and paper. When you send out letters then make sure that you have professional envelopes and paper. Make sure to always act professional and make sure to check for spelling errors. It is important to read everything twice before you send it out in the mail to someone.


9. Make sure to have professional business cards. You can get professional business cards at www.vistaprint.com for reasonable prices. They look very professional and look much better than homemade business cards on a regular printer.


10. Always remain professional. This is one of the most important things to remember. In public you have to maintain a professional appearance too. When speaking on the phone and in email then please remain professional then too. It is important to remember to not get too relaxed when talking as a business person. Don’t ever swear or use inappropriate language in front of clients.


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10 Tips for Helping Your Kids to Keep Their Room Organized

When your kids are old enough to start taking care of their own belongings, we as parents should do our part to make it easy for them. It is important for them to be able to remember where their things go. It is just as important that they be able to reach their things. This way they are less likely to get frustrated or overwhelmed. Here are 10 suggestions to get you started:

1. Try to keep dresses, dress clothes, sweaters, and sweatshirts hung in the closet. This will allow for more room in your child’s dresser drawers.


2. There is a hammock that you can buy for your child’s stuffed animals that will help keep all of their furry friends off the floor. It easily attaches to the two walls in the corner of the bedroom.


3. 3 drawer plastic bins are great to help kids learn to take out and put away their clothes. In addition, they are easy to open and easy to reach. You can buy clear drawers so your child can see which clothes are inside.


4. A rolling flat bin is perfect for shoes or small toys. Store the bin easily under the bed where it will be out of site.


5. Step stools give kids that added boost they need to reach in the closet or the top of their dressers. This will eliminate the need for parents to reach up into the high places.


6. Corner sheet clips are nice to help keep sheets in their place. Just put your sheep on normally. Then at each corner attach the two clips with elastic in-between. The sheets should stay in place even when your kids are jumping on it!


7. Left over containers or empty boxes of wipes are good for storing your jewelry, make up, hair stuff, and little knick-knacks. This will keep the clutter in the room to a minimum.


8. Games should be stored on the top shelf of your child’s closet. Start from the largest and work your way to the smallest.


9. A CD rack next to your child’s stereo will protect their CD’s. CD’s are easily broken when placed on dressers. You also don’t want a pile of CD’s falling on your child when they reach up to grab the one they want.


10. A bookcase helps keep books, magazines, crayons, school supplies, and other toys off the floor.


I hope some or all of these tips help your children stay organized. I know it sure helped my three kids, and saved me some much valuable time from trying to keep their rooms clean.


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10 Tips for Hiring and Using a Pet Sitter

For those who prefer to leave their pet in the comfort of home when they travel, rather than boarding him at a kennel or vet’s office, hiring a pet sitter can be a good option. Here are 10 tips for hiring and using a pet sitter.

1. Take a serious approach to hiring a pet sitter. After all, this individual is going to have access to your home and to your pet, so it is critical to find a reliable professional. Ask friends, neighbors, your veterinarian and others you rely on for pet services (such as your pet groomer and pet trainer) for recommendations of reputable pet sitters. You could also contact the National Association of Pet Sitters (NAPPS), a member organization for full-time and part-time pet sitters, to get the names of NAPPS members in your area. NAPPS promotes pet sitters’ professional integrity through a Pledge of Professional Conduct and enhances professional development of pet sitters through a variety of resources, including an annual conference and publications. For more information about NAPPS, check out their website at www.petsitters.org.


2. Be well prepared when you interview pet sitters. Have a set of questions to go over covering topics such as experience, training, credentials, services, and fees. During the interview, introduce the pet sitter to your pet and observe how she interacts with him. Describe your pet’s routines and schedules; his ailments or medical problems, if any; and any medications that the pet sitter will have to administer. If you want a pet sitter to provide any additional services, like taking in mail and newspapers or watering plants, mention that during the interview. Also, request proof of bonding, to cover theft by the pet sitter and her employees, proof of liability insurance, to cover accidents or negligence, and reference (and be sure to take the time to check them out).


3. Pay attention to your instincts when choosing a pet sitter. If you are uncomfortable with an individual in any way or if your pet seems uncomfortable with her, keep looking.


4. Once you have chosen a pet sitter, ask for a contract specifying the services to be provided and fees.


5. If possible, use the pet sitter first for a short trip, perhaps a weekend getaway, before hiring her to care for your pet for a longer period.


6. When you leave your pet with a pet sitter, be sure that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and leave proof of vaccination with the pet sitter. Also, leave a written list of contact information for you while you are away, local emergency contact numbers (for a friend or a family member), the name and telephone number of your veterinarian, and the names and numbers of contractors, such as plumbers, electricians and yard care companies, that you use. Also, provide information about your return, including exactly when you expect to arrive home and, if you are flying, your flight number and landing time. If your plans change, notify the pet sitter immediately. Take the pet sitter’s contact information with you, and let the pet sitter know if anyone else, such as a family member or house cleaner, will be visiting your home while you are gone and be sure that anyone who will be entering your home knows about the pet sitter.


7. Even though you will have gone over this information with the pet sitter orally, write down pet care details such as what your pet eats and when, how your pet should be exercised, your pet’s ailments or medical problems, if any; how and when to administer any medications; your pet’s fears; your pet’s favorite toys and games; and your pet’s favorite hiding places. Go over your home’s safety features, such as its security system and circuit breakers, with the pet sitter.


8. Buy more than enough pet food and other supplies for the time you expect to be gone and put these items in one place. Put cleaning supplies in the same place, in case your pet has an accident while you are gone like missing the litter box or turning over the ficus plant on your favorite rug.


9. Put an identification tag with name, address and telephone number on your pet in case he gets out of the house while you are gone.


10. Leave an extra key to your home with a neighbor or family member and give him the pet sitter’s telephone number; likewise, give the neighbor or family member’s telephone number to the pet sitter. Be sure all keys to your home work, especially if you have had any duplicated prior to your trip.


Sources:


www.hsus.org, Choosing a Pet Sitter/the Humane Society of the United States


www.petsitters.org, National Association of Professional Pet Sitters


www.hsus.org, Choosing a Pet Sitter/the Humane Society of the United States


www.petsitters.org, National Association of Professional Pet Sitters


www.petsitusa.com, Prepare your home and your pet for your pet sitter


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10 Tips to Help Your Child Cope with Being Hospitalized

In additional to possibly not feeling well during a hospitalization, children may not understand medical procedures and may be afraid of unfamiliar surroundings. Although a child’s hospitalization may hard for both parents and child, there are several things a parent or caregiver can do to ease fears and make a child’s hospitalization easier for everyone.

1) Bring comfort items from home. If you have a younger child, items such as stuffed animal or a favorite blanket may bring a sense of security to the child. Older children may want to bring a video game or books. Allowing teens to bring a laptop. Ipod or cell phone may help them stay connected with friends. Always check with your hospital to determine what is allowed.


2) Enlist the help of the child-life specialist. A child life specialist is a medical professional who focuses on helping a child in the hospital understand and cope with medical procedures. The specialist can explain medical procedures, provide support and help the child develop coping strategies.


3) Set daily goals. Depending on your child’s condition and length of hospitalization, it may be helpful to set daily goals. This helps your child feel like he is accomplishing something and getting closer to discharge date. For example, goals could be getting up and walking, doing breathing exercises and taking pill orally,


4) Consider a reward system. Sometimes, taking medication or allowing blood to be taken can be a challenge, especially for younger children. Unfortunately medical procedures have to be done and your child may not like it. Developing rewards, such as watching a favorite movie may help motivate your child to cooperate with needed procedures.


5) Explain procedures and tests in an age appropriate way. Do your best to be honest with your child, without scaring him. Use explanations your child will understand. Give small amounts of information at a time. Encourage questions. Understanding what will happen, may help reduce fears during your child’s hospitalization.


6) Maintain privacy for your child. This may especially be true for teens and pre-teens. Staff maybe coming and going in your child’s room. Ask personal to knock before coming in. Respect your child’s modesty and ask staff to do the same.


7) Keep communication open. Don’t just ask your child how she feels. Ask specific questions. Understand your child may sometimes not feel like talking and that is OK. Just let him know you are there whenever he does want to talk


8) Get out of the hospital room if possible. Depending on your child’s condition, she may be allowed to get out of the room for a while. Take a walk to the playroom, the cafeteria or outside.


9) Help your child stay in touch with the outside world. This is especially important for a lengthy hospital stay. If allowed, encourage other family members and friends to visit. Encourage phone calls and emails from those who can’t visits.


10) Take care of yourself. As a parent or caregiver, you may hesitate leaving your child’s bedside. However, getting exhausted and sick may prevent you from being there for your child. Try to take a break when you can and get some rest. Alternate with other trusted adults to keep your child company.


 


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10 Tips to Help You Put Baby to Sleep

Getting your baby to sleep can be an overwhelming task at times. These 10 tips should help you get your baby to sleep.

1. Figure out when your baby sleeps the best.
If you are having trouble keeping to an exact schedule figure out when your baby sleeps the best. Try putting them to bed when they usually sleep the best instead of trying to force them to sleep at times they have trouble with.


2. Make the bedroom a quiet zone.
Don’t let other family members and pets roam into the bedroom and make sure everyone in the house knows that the baby is sleeping so they keep the noise level low.


3. Play soft music such as classical or piano.
Music can help soothe baby to sleep. Make sure it’s quiet and calming music.


4. Block all sunlight out.
Keep the room dark when it’s time for sleep. If your baby can’t handle complete darkness keep a nightlight on but make sure there is no direct light shining onto baby.


5. Let baby tire them self out.
Have baby play, and crawl around. Even try putting baby in a jumper swing. Have them use enough energy so it will tire them out.


6. Be understanding that your baby is having trouble getting to sleep.
Don’t get angry or frustrated at your baby. Make sure the whole experience is calming so they won’t develop sleeping problems when they are older.


7. Feed but don’t overfeed.
Sometimes a baby will sleep better with some food in their stomach. Do not feed too much so that your baby will be uncomfortable but just feed enough so their stomach isn’t empty.


8. Keep a normal schedule throughout the day.
Try maintaining a certain schedule of getting up, eating, and sleeping every day. Over time your baby will get used to the schedule as they get older and expect the same schedule every day.


9. Take a warm bath.
Giving your baby a warm bath should calm and soothe them. Dress them in their sleeping clothes after the bath so they know it’s time to sleep.


10. Wear certain clothes only for sleeping.
Whether your baby is wearing sleepwear already or is just being swaddled have certain clothes for sleeping only. That way baby will associate those certain clothes with sleeping.


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"10 Tips on Introducing Mr./Mrs. Right on Thanksgiving Day"

So you’ve been dating Mr. or Mrs. someone for the Summer, but you haven’t really given your family much information about him/her, and with Thanksgiving right around the corner you wonder – “How am I going to introduce this person to my family?” Here are 10 dos and don’ts about bringing home that special someone for Thanksgiving Day feast (WARNING – this is applies to female-male couples and does not take into account the dynamics of same sex relationships. Sorry, I’m heterosexual).

1) Don’t just show up at the door with this person. In some situations surprises are great (like a birthday party, or marriage proposal), but this isn’t one of those situations. Even if this isn’t the first meeting tell your family this person is coming. And don’t wait till the day before. Give the family at least a week to prepare for the situation. Afterall, you do want everyone involved to make a good impression.


2) Makes sure the date knows the plan. Walking up to your boyfriend or girlfriend, and simply saying, “Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and we’re going to meet my family. Is that okay,” is not a good thing. Communication is the key to any good-long lasting relationship. Talk with each other. This situation should be on the table at least a couple of months prior.


3) Have the date bring a small present. Choose the gift together, but have them actually present it to the family. Make sure they say the gift is from the both of you. You don’t need something huge and expensive (don’t choose something from the dollar either). It’s the thought that counts. A nice pumpkin pie recipe, or some other kind of recipe is great. Actually food is always a hit as you can eat it immediately – pies, cakes, cookies, wine, etc. are all great ideas. If you really can’t do all that, a nice plant is always appropriate. If you are not plan enthusiasts, visit your local florist and ask for advice (that’s what I always do).


4) Dress for the occasion. You don’t need to look like your having dinner with the Queen of England and the Royal Family, but looking like you’re going to a motor cross race isn’t good either. If you can’t figure anything out dress like a young Republican and all should be fine. Conservative is better than liberal in this race.


5) Make sure your parents can pronounce the mane of the other person. Don’t show up and have your parents trying to pronounce a name longer than the alphabet. Give them a heads up, and if there is a nickname give it up. This isn’t the CIA. Dissemination of information doesn’t require security clearance.


6) Don’t stuff you faces like pigs. This goes double for the date. Even when the parents give the “O,K.” sign for stuffing your face, don’t go overboard. Respectfully stuff yourself, and hold back from 100% burst limits. Next Thanksgiving go for broke, but for now show the crowd that this person has a measure of restraint in the face of great challenges – roast turkey, apple, cherry and pumpkin pie, mash potatoes and heavy servings of lumpy gravy.


7) Compliment, compliment, compliment, that said don’t over compliment. “Oh, Mrs. Smith I noticed that the candles you are using burn with great beauty and radiance…Are they environmentally sound?” Overboard. A simple, “Nice candles, where did you buy them?” Will do. If your date happens to be a candlemaker then no worries, but make sure he/she doesn’t become overly critical.


8) Keep the conversation going back and forth between parties. Don’t monopolize the conversation (this is my weakness). In a new situation I will either talk too much, or not at all, which is just as bad. Help out your date by being a good mediator, and not letting your parents ask too many questions. At the same time don’t let your date talk forever, or not at all. Always be aware of conversation talk time. If 5 minutes goes by and you’re only hearing from one person, find a natural way to enter the conversation.


9) This is directly for the date – always offer to help with things. When the table is being prepared, offer to help. When the food is being prepared, offer to help. When it’s time to wash the dishes, offer to help. Now, don’t offer and not expect to actually help. Maybe you’ll have to wash a dish or 5, that’s okay. Sometimes parents want to see what a date is made of, and will let you wash all the dishes. You’d better do a good job. More times that not as a guest people will say, “Relax, you’re the guest. Don’t worry about these dishes.” But always offer to lend a helping hand.


10) Lastly, always let your date be himself/herself and never do anything that will put them in a position to lie. Now, if you have to put up smokescreens, and perform magic acts, ask yourself, “Why should I have to do this?” If the answer is anything else but, “I shouldn’t have to.” Something is wrong, and you’d better take a look at the situation you are currently in a bit more closely. More important you’d better take a look your date, and yourself.


So there you go, some tips on how to introduce that special someone to your family on Thanksgiving Day. Stay cool, trust yourself, your family, your date, and have fun!


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10 Tips to Help You Maintain Your Diabetes Meal Plan

Following your diabetes meal plan is one of the most difficult diabetes self-management skills that you have to learn, live with and stay with. Knowing what you should eat does not mean that you will eat that way. Getting an A in your diabetes diet class does not insure that you will follow an eating schedule or that you will achieve and maintain your ideal weight.

To do this, you need to be motivated. What is motivation? It is a concept that can be hard to grasp. Most people know when they are motivated, and most can recognize when motivation is absent. When you are motivated, you are stimulated to take action, you feel energized, you have incentive and drive and you feel inspired. Most people have moments in their lives when they are more motivated than others.


Like any other emotion, motivation is not static because it comes and goes. When you have the feeling of motivation, you believe that it will last forever. Unfortunately, motivation is not permanent. When you lose this feeling, you question how you will be able to regain it. Here are some tips that can help you feel more motivated to stick with your diabetes meal plan.


1 Practice Food As Medicine. This may sound complicated, but food is as important in living with diabetes as the medication you take. Medication, alone, cannot help you maintain good diabetes control. The effect of medication is dependent on the time you eat and the type and quantity of food you eat. To see how this statement applies to you, try this experiment.


Take your medication without paying attention to your meal plan for one week. Measure your blood glucose levels regularly and record the results in your diary. Then, for one week, follow your prescribed meal plan and medication schedule, and record your blood glucose measurement at the same times as you did the week before. Then compare your diary records of blood glucose measurements for each of the two weeks. You’ll see just how important your meal plan is when you look at your blood glucose records. When you do this, you may never need any other thing to motivate you to stay with your meal plan again!!


2 Look Within Yourself. Get in touch with your most personal, compelling thoughts about why you want to succeed with your diabetes meal plan. It may be that you want to become more physically attractive to your friends or family. It may also be that you want to respond to family/friends who may be concerned about your need to take better care of yourself. You may even have some self-satisfying needs such as a desire to feel more successful and more in control of your life. Whatever the reason, learn what you really want from your life, and then convert these feelings into action by staying with your meal plan.


3 Imagine the Results. If weight loss is your goal, you need to be realistic and recognize that the effort will take time and a lot of energy. It takes longer to lose weight than it does to gain it.


Your extra weight is the end product of years upon years of unhealthy eating behavior. You will have to recognize that behavior, change it, and then slowly and gradually lose those unwanted pounds. However, you can use your imagination to picture yourself without the extra weight. The best mental imagery you can apply is to think of yourself as a sculptor who is creating a piece of beautiful art. Remember, the gradual chiseling away of extra fat will be slow, but it also may be permanent.


4 Self-Monitor. You can see how food affects your blood glucose levels when you self-monitor these levels before and after eating. You need to record these levels so that you can measure your success in maintaining good control. You can also benefit from recording and monitoring everything you eat. You can keep track of your daily calorie intake and you can learn from your own mistakes by comparing your food intake with your blood glucose measurements. Keeping a food diary can help you to think about your eating behaviors every day, and you can become your own dietitian by reminding yourself to follow the proper eating behaviors. You will become much more aware of your eating habits when you record everything, and this can stimulate you in your efforts to stay motivated to follow your meal plan.


5 Practice the Domino Effect. A chain reaction often can occur as one positive change leads to another. For example, both exercise and blood glucose self-monitoring can have a domino effect on your efforts to stay with your meal plan. Exercise and reduced calorie intake work together to improve weight loss efforts. Self-monitoring gives you hard facts on what your efforts are doing to control your blood glucose.


6 Reward Yourself. When you achieve something, be good to yourself with a nonfood reward. Use such rewards on a regular or even a weekly basis. For instance, if your goal was to lose one or two pounds that week, give yourself a reward for doing this. If it was to exercise three or four times, and you did it, then give yourself a reward. Go to a movie, concert or sports event, or buy yourself a piece of clothing. Each week you should set new goals and motivate yourself by providing a special reward for a job well done.


7 Substitute. Don’t totally deny yourself a type of food that has been a favorite and is now on a “black list.” You don’t want to make yourself feel deprived by totally eliminating this kind of food. Instead, try to identify why your old favorite is now on the “black list.” Does it contain too much sugar, or too much fat or too much salt? After you have done this, seek out healthy substitutes for the black listed ingredients. You can find products that are “free” or “low” in sugar, fat, or salt on the supermarket shelves, and you can use recipes from your diabetes publications and cookbooks.


8 Practice Self-Talk. Keep telling yourself that you want to be successful, can be successful and that you will be successful. Be your own pep rally leader. It really is possible to control your own feelings and attitudes.


9 No Excuses. Practice finding a reason “to do” rather than an excuse “not to do.” Remember, if you don’t feel like following your meal plan, you will always find an excuse such as: “we are going out to eat…we are going on vacation…it’s my birthday…it’s my spouse’s birthday…it’s my kid’s birthday…it’s my Aunt Tilly’s birthday.” If you are going out or celebrating a birthday, try to focus on the occasion, the people, and the social aspects of the event rather than the food.


10 Get Support. You may benefit from the input of others in your efforts to motivate yourself to stay with your meal plan. Enlist the aid of your family members. Visit with your dietitian and your diabetes doctor/educator and discuss your plans, your problems and your progress. It’s also a good idea to join a support group whose members are in the same boat as you.


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10 Tips for Hosting a Large Thanksgiving Dinner in a Small Home

Thanksgiving is a great time for all the family to get together and share a delicious meal. However, Thanks giving can be a challenge if you have a small home and are hosting a large party. Have no worries though this challenge is totally do able. When hosting a large Thanksgiving dinner in a small house remember to use the space that you do have very carefully. Here are 10 tips for hosting a large Thanksgiving dinner in a small home.

Tip 1 Use more than one area for your guests to eat in


One of the problems with hosting a large Thanksgiving party in your home is that you may not have enough space in your dinning room to host everyone. The good thing about a house is that you have more than one room, and you may have a porch or back yard as well. Use all the space you can towards your advantage.


Tip 2 Make sure you have enough places for people to sit


When hosting a large Thanksgiving party in a small home make sure you have enough seats for everyone. You may not have enough tables for people to put their food on but if you have chairs or couches for people to sit in that makes all the difference.


A good idea to do before your party is to gather all the chairs that you have to see if you have enough. Remember you can also use your back yard seating and if you need to you can always purchase some cheap foldable chairs.


Tip 3 Put your food in one area and make it buffet style


The best way to serve Thanksgiving dinner to a large party in a small home is buffet style. Usually if you have a small dinning room and try to fit a whole bunch of people in one table where the food is no one will have any space. By putting the food in one area of your home and arranging it in buffet style it will be easier for your guests to get their food and have plenty of room to eat it.


Tip 4 Be organized


It is always good to be organized especially if you have a small home and a large Thanksgiving dinner party. Make sure you are neat and put set up everything in a organized and easy way.


Tip 5 Use disposable utensils and dishes


If you are having a big Thanksgiving dinner in a small home it is good to use disposable utensils and dishes. By using disposable items you will be able to keep your home clean and you don’t have to do a bunch of dishes later.


When deciding on the right disposable dished and utensils buy ones that have a Thanksgiving theme on them.


Tip 6 Have a lot of trash bags and cans available


When having a large Thanksgiving party in a small home it also good to have garbage or trash cans around, that way you don’t have a big mess later.


Tip 7 Make sure all your guests are comfortable


Sometimes a small home with a lot of people in it can be a stressful or intense place. Make sure all your guests are comfortable. Offer everyone to get seconds or thirds. If everyone is well fed they will feel very comfortable and full.


Tip 8 Make sure your home is at a comfortable room temperature setting


Another issue when having a large Thanksgiving party in a small home is keeping the temperature of the house cool. Body heat and the heat from your kitchen can make your home very warm. If you have air-conditioning then make sure it is at a good temperature so every feel comfy. If you don not have air-conditioning then make sure to open doors, windows, or have fans.


Tip 9 Use placemats and coasters


When you have a lot of people in your home for Thanksgiving and you don’t have a lot of room it is good to have placemats and coasters available to your guests. Some of your guests may not have a table to put their food or drinks. It is good to have placemats and coasters so everyone and everything in your house doesn’t get too messy.


Tip 10 Have Fun and be thankful


Its Thanksgiving and you are with the people you love. Remember to have fun and be thankful for everything you have.


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