Make the Day Kid­friendly

In­volve them and they won’t mind that you’re dis­tracted by en­ter­tain­ing.

Parents (USA) - - Life Thanksgiving - Ayn-monique Klahre

Have the kids make an easy dessert that can be re­frig­er­ated the day be­fore. It can be some­thing sim­ple like a marsh­mal­low-fruit salad. They’ll feel like they helped make the meal. Dora Stone

Set up a kids’ ta­ble with butcher pa­per and mark­ers so the kids can draw and doo­dle while the fi­nal food prep is go­ing on. Frances Large­man-roth Brook­lyn, NY

En­list the kids to make place cards for the ta­ble. It keeps them busy, and when I set the ta­ble I can then be sure ev­ery­one has the right glass­ware. Plus, when we sit down, no one is wait­ing for me to tell them where to go. Al­li­son Gra­ham

Ap­point the kids the of­fi­cial guest greeters. They can wel­come the guests with a tiny party fa­vor or a spe­cial draw­ing. Dora Stone If you use can­dles, make sure you have enough for ev­ery kid to blow one out. Oth­er­wise, there will be tears!

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