November 14, 2011
Relatively Great Thanksgiving?
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is almost here? Traveling to big gatherings of friends and family should be joyous occasions but can be overwhelming for little kids. Here are some tips to mitigate the stress that often leads to tantrums.
- Thanksgiving dinner is often served at an unusual time. Have light snacks available to prevent meltdowns by hungry kids. Elderly relatives will also appreciate a snack or appetizer at customary mealtimes – especially if they have to take medications.
- Carry small children into a crowded room. Staring at a bunch of knees and towering adults is intimidating. This also protects shy children of overly touchy relatives.
- The kid’s table is a good thing but keep an eye on things – it can quickly fall into chaos.
- Consider serving the kids first and letting them eat while the adults put the last minute touches on the meal and table. Then let the kids play while the adults enjoy a more leisurely meal (without the constant demands for more food). Prepare kids desserts (or have them make their own – our friends at SugarLoco have fabulous ideas!) that can be served ahead of the adult desserts.
- If visiting friends or family that do not have kids, bring an activity kit, travel games or puzzles to entertain your kids.
- Provide space for the kids – a basement or backyard and a football can do wonders toward a pleasant gathering.
What are your suggestions for making Thanksgiving fun for everyone?