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Involving Your Kids in Your Thanksgiving Day Preparations

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only a week away. Try not to fall victim to stress as it is a wonderful time of the year for bringing families together and filled with traditions.

Written by: Jen Block

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only a week away. Try not to fall victim to stress as it is a wonderful time of the year for bringing families together and filled with traditions. Here are some quick and easy ideas to get your children involved in the preparations:

  1. Have the children design name tags and placemats for all the guests coming. It also would be fun to get them laminated so the original artist could look back years from now and see the beautiful work they did when they were younger.
  2. Assign one child to be in charge of family photos on that day. With children being so technologically savvy these days, sometimes they are more well equipped to use our fancy phones/cameras than us!
  3. Ask some of the children to prepare a “welcome greeting” for the guest.
  4. Of course, some items are prepared and frozen over this upcoming weekend. Have your young chef assist you in the kitchen!
  5. Create a scrap book and have colored pencils, crayons etc, on a table and as each person enters the home they can write down what they are most thankful for (if they can’t write, a cute picture will suffice).

The more you delegate and involve your kids, the more your traditions will be remembered and held close to all hearts as everyone will share a special role in this holiday!

Bio: Jen Block is the Associate Director at Camp Sewataro. She was a camper and Waterfront staff member in the 80s. She returned to Sewataro in 2007 and now her daughter is sharing in the Sewataro experience.

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