Monday, November 14, 2011

Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for families and friends to gather with joy. So, what happens when you plan the perfect feast and everyone is hungry? You sit down at the beautifully set table but your grandchild doesn't want to eat the green beans, hates pumpkin pie, and begins to cry because everyone is begging the child to eat.

Do green beans really matter?
Very often children get overly excited. Changes to their daily routine can effect their behaviors. Do the children really need to sit at the table for the entire meal?

Here are a few suggestions:
In a nearby room, set up for an art activity. You can have paper, crayons, stickers and tape. Puzzles and Legos can be fun. Children can make "turkeys" out of Play Doh, feathers and sticks. A special Thanksgiving video can work, if all else fails. 

There is an old children's song "Over the meadow and through the woods to grandmother's house we go.......".
But which grandmother?
Holidays can be wonderful but they do present problems too.
Some families alternate years and some can blend together.
Some go to one family for Thanksgiving and the other family for Hanukkah/Christmas. This situation is unique to each family and each must come up with their own solution.

Perhaps you have some good ideas. We would love to hear from you. Wishing you a wonderful holiday,

Sue and Ann

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