Thanksgiving is known for being a time all about family togetherness - but does that always translate into preparing for the holiday? How do you get your kids, of any age, to help prepare for the big meal or having visitors? It can seem like a daunting task when you face it by yourself. Here are a few things to try to get everyone involved.
Don’t assign them recipes - let them pick their own! If you’re very serious about your menu, you can offer your kids a list of possibilities to pick from. Or - you can just let their imaginations run wild. You may end up with Froot Loops pie for dessert, but let’s be honest, doesn’t that sound kind of delicious? Instead of telling your kids how they have to help, this gives them a little freedom and a lot of room to be creative. They won’t feel forced into participating in the day - they may just be excited about trying something new!
Want to get them involved before the big day? Have them help with the shopping and the meal planning. Plus, they will begin to build basic concept of how to take a big project and split it into smaller steps. Involve them in making the shopping list and helping you find the ingredients needed for the meal. When your kids have a job to do, it will make shopping with them go much smoother.
Carry this theme a step further and let your kids decorate the kids table! Take them to a dollar store and show them all the decorations, then let them run wild. Not only will it get you out of setting one of the tables, but it’s probably going to make a hilarious instagram post - #win.
If you don’t like the idea of having too many cooks in the kitchen, you can try getting your little ones (or not so little ones - teenagers can help too!) involved in the spirit of the holiday: giving. Let everyone pick a charity to donate time or money to during the holidays, so they can really understand what giving is all about. You can even make a family activity out of it by working on a service project together. That’s sure to make you memories that last a lifetime.
There are tons of way to get your entire family involved in Thanksgiving. The most important thing is that you all enjoy each other this busy season.