Welcoming Guests

The mitzvah of welcoming guests, or hachnasat orchim, is not just about inviting people in but also making them feel honored, relaxed, and at home.

Kids are naturally pretty adept at honoring hachnasat orchim; they like to play with friends and enjoy time with family. Tap into their natural enthusiasm by reinforcing good “hosting behaviors” during play time and when guests come over. Encourage your kids to greet guests, offer to take their coats, or tell them about what’s for dinner or snack.