Thanksgiving Prep: How to Involve Your Kids
- November 9, 2012
- by Melissa Lawrence
The Thanksgiving countdown is on for the big day: Turkey Day! I often feel like all the work of preparing for a holiday like Thanksgiving is left to me (not easy, because I do have a big extended family), but not this year! I’m going to try to involve my kids in every part of the process, from grocery shopping to helping me make the best Thanksgiving side dishes (don’t think they’re big enough yet to work on the turkey), to actually doing the dishes after the meal! (Wish me luck!) I’m hoping this will be fun and educational for them and who knows, they might even eat some of the dishes with less opposition!
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Kids in the Kitchen
First, have them help create the list for the big day before you drive to the grocery store. Have them help putting your items in the bags and the shopping cart. This will keep them focused and give them a great sense of accomplishment!
Cooking with kids can be such a great bonding experience! With smaller children, give them easy manageable tasks to make them feel included, such as “hand me that spoon” or “bring me a paper towel”, etc. With the older kids, I think they are definitely old enough to fill the role of sous-chef! Hand them a peeler and some potatoes and watch them compete against each other! This will get the job done faster and help you a lot!
Lastly, show your kids just how exciting fruits and vegetables can be! The fall brings such a great variety of fruits and veggies, such as pumpkins, apples, and sweet potatoes! Who knows, your kids might now be begging to eat their vegetables at every meal!
Hope these tidbits helped! What are your favorite family traditions during the holidays? Share below!
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