After listening to and enjoying some "actual play" podcasts I'm about to try DnD with my wife and children. None of us have played before, so after some research I've decided to go with the official DnD 5e starter set.
Due to a slight misunderstanding I thought that the set was fine for four players including the DM, it seems that actually it's meant for a party of four or five plus the DM.
Given that the party will only be three strong, none of them have played before, and two of them are children I would expect them to not be hugely effective to begin with.
As DM I'm planning to help as much as I can with the rules and hints about what they can do (initially they won't have read all the rules). But I'm concerned that as a small party they might struggle.
The kids have decided that they like the wizard and rogue and my wife is happy to play any of the remaining characters. From my research I've suggested the cleric for her so that they have someone with high AC and good healing.
As I haven't played before either I'm looking for suggestions on what else I can do to get things off to a good start. Obviously I can do things like reduce the number of enemies in fights, but I assume that there are a lot of other tricks that I'm not aware of to help in this kind of situation.