In my post "Art of the Guest", I made mention of rules for parents with small children. As I previously mentioned, my suggestions for hosts are related to each of the rules for guests. So....what to do with the children?
If your children are teens, as mine are now, they will most likely not mind at all, if you ask them to keep an eye on the little ones. My children are perfectly fine with this and have been praised by many a young parent! It would not be a bad idea to slip your teen helpers a small sum of cash afterwards, but I don't recommend telling them that they will get any remuneration. A family helps one another and that should be the reason they do it.
Older hostesses can do this as well. It is a simple matter to find a young person from your family or social group that could use a bit of extra money or even volunteer hours. Volunteer hours are needed in many communities to graduate or be confirmed into your faith. My daughters got volunteer hours for helping a single mother throw her son a birthday party! What a fun way to earn those hours!
So, fear not, friends! After all, the holidays are all about feeling young!