Thanksgiving is the day our nation dedicates to giving thanks for our many blessings. Since your greatest gifts are probably your children, be sure to take time today to make them feel appreciated.
- First: Include them in the preparation of Thanksgiving dinner. Let them help you make the stuffing, stir the gravy, or decorate and set the table. Mention how they helped you to all the relatives.
- Second: Take time-out for a family walk or a game like Monopoly. Nothing is better for giving the day a happy feeling of togetherness and belonging. Don't let TV sports keep you from your children. Instead get a ball game going with your family.
- Third: Make the dinner itself long and pleasant. Include the children in the conversations. And don't force them to eat Aunt Karen's squash or clean their plates. This is not the time to give your lectures on healthy foods or good manners.
- Finally: Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity for making families stronger. Use it to build pleasant memories and rich traditions for your youngsters.
If you have any questions about your child's health, consult your healthcare provider.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
Last Review: 6/1/2008
Last Revised: 6/1/2000
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