Sunday, September 14, 2014

Daily Mom: TIPS ON MAINTAINING HOUSE RULES WITH GUESTS

Daily Mom: TIPS ON MAINTAINING HOUSE RULES WITH GUESTS

This is probably the most difficult house rule for people to maintain with guests, simply because many find it awkward to ask. But if this is a house rule that is important to your family (And it should be! To find out why, check out “One Simple Step That Can Keep Your Child Healthy”), it’s vital to maintain it with anyone who walks through your door.



5 comments:

Mark said...

I would like some advice from other posters here. As you know I am very strict about shoes coming off at the door. I am relocating to Northumberland and I plan to use my house for my psychotherapy clients.
My new house will have light carpets and I really would prefer my clients to remove their shoes. I had a counselling supervisor in Yorkshire and she expected her clients to remove their shoes.
What would be the best way to handle this. And would be best if I wore socks or smart slippers. This is a new area for me
There is a large therapy centre in Northumberland that actually requires all clients to leave their shoes at the entrance of their therapy room. Only the large committee room in the centre allows shoes.
Any tips or suggestions would be helpful and also I would appreciate other contributors to this blog sharing their experience of visiting a therapist in their own home.

Sandro said...

Hello, Mark,
I think your carpets represent a sufficient reason for a strict shoes-off policy; yet if you consider it from a professional perspective, you need a sort of diplomacy. A customer may be unhappy if asked for shoes off due to the floor protection.
I guess you could suggest stockinged feet as a way to relaxation typical for such practices. If a customer links your request/suggestion to therapy reasons instead of cleanness, he/she is certainly going to comply with gladness. For more hint, I'd recommend that you be in our stockinged feet as well. Good luck!

Mark said...

Thanks Sandro, yes this is a potential minefield. I have looked extensively around the internet and I have found generally that clients do not mind removing their shoes when visiting a therapist in their own home. I am keeping this specific to the UK.
However I will say that I only found out yesterday that the therapy centre where I will be working has a shoes off policy for all their rooms and the centre is flourishing.
Without sounding a little snobby, given the nature of the client groups I suspect that the majority of centre users have a shoes off policy in their own homes.
But it is a bold move for the owners to have this policy.
As I practitioner when I do home visits I always remove me shoes and my clients are more than appreciative. One elderly gentlemen who had a truly lovely house comment that I was obviously well brought up.

Bob said...

Mark, I would imagine that you would have talked to your clients prior to their arriving at your home for a session. I think that it would be a good idea to tell them in the pre visit chat that you find sessions go much better when client and therapist are both shoeless. I would also recommend that you be in socks rather than slippers so that the client feels on equal footing with you.
Good luck with your move and new job

Mark said...

Many thanks. I suspect here in the UK when people see new light carpets that they automatically offer to remove their shoes.
But you are entirely correct that it is polite and prudent to advise people in advance
As i said earlier that shoes off is expected in the therapy centre and it does very well