I can’t believe Thanksgiving is almost here. I love spending the whole day cooking a meal that usually takes only fifteen minutes to eat!
We have not established many Thanksgiving traditions yet in our house. This is because we are usually at another family member’s house. We usually crowd around one big table, kids and adults together. But lots of people choose to do a kids table. I thought I would do some research to see if this is something that I might try the next time we host dinner at our house. I asked some Smarty mom’s and here is what I found out:
Having a kids table can be fun for kids and adults. It allows the adults to engage in conversation among themselves. With kids at their own table, they can enjoy some independence and their own conversation. Since kids usually eat faster than the adults, they can be dismissed from their table without disrupting the adults.
There are some cons to this set up. The kids don’t get to partake in an adult dinner. The key is to make sure that the children’s table maintains the specialness of the holiday and that is doesn’t become a free-for-all. I have heard that a kids table works best when the children are at least four or five and older. This will avoid super young kids continually pulling their parents away from the table to tend to them. A solution to this is to have some older children that you put in charge of the younger children at the kid’s table, possibly even give them a small babysitting fee.
A kid’s table can also be a con because the whole family is not together. This can be solved by putting the kid’s table not too far from the adult table if possible and making sure that everyone should say the blessing together and be seated at the same time.
There are lots of ways to make the kids table special. One reader gets a large paper tablecloth and has kids draw things they are thankful for on it with crayons. Another fun idea is to get the kids to dress up like Pilgrims and Indians. Or have them help set the table. They can color/decorate the place cards for everyone. You can make little turkeys out of construction paper and have them write names. Another tradition is to give all of the kids at the table a Christmas-oriented present. It could be an ornament or decoration of some type, just something fun to get them excited about Christmas.
One of my friends told me that they do not have enough room to seat the whole family at once, so they let the kids eat first. Then the kids watch a movie while the adults eat and everyone eats dessert together. Sounds like a great solution.
Please tell us about your Thanksgiving traditions or tips to make this day special.