Holiday Party Briefing
When you’re a kid, the holidays can feel like a blur of new faces and forced courtesies. Before the next holiday get-together, flip through some old family photos with your child. Share stories about the relatives and friends who are coming that will help him connect with them. Etiquette expert Hilary Brennan recommends having your child write down some questions to ask them. Trying to relate to people he doesn't know well not only builds social skills—it encourages him to appreciate and love them instead of just thinking of them as random people who come around once a year to shower him with gifts.