Respect and Manners are our common bonds as civilized people. Please see www.janpolk.com
for information on Respect Awards for children, teenagers, and adults. This project is sponsored by artist Jan Polk.
1. Houseguests should bring all the necessary supplies and clothes, and take them all home when they leave. It's a nuisance to the hosts when items are left behind, whether from a hope to be invited back or a failure to double check the guest room.
2. Host and guest should be clear about the arrival and departure dates of the visit. Anyone can be a charming and considerate houseguest for three days, which is why weekends were invented.
3. Hosts should ask houseguests in advance if there is something special they would like to do, including time to do nothing or follow spur-of-the-moment inspirations. Also ask if there are foods they especially like or dislike.
4. Houseguests should offer to help, and also take "No" for an answer. If houseguests stay longer than a weekend, they should treat the hosts to a dinner out. They should also give a gift about once a week.
5. When the visit is over, he or she should ask the host how to leave the bed - remade, unmade, or stripped? In case of doubt, take off the sheets and make up a mock bed. This saves the host one step of work, and also leaves a neat room.