Thanksgiving weekend is upon us in Canada. All around the country, families are getting ready to celebrate the holiday weekend with family (and eat lots and lots of food!) Many people look forward to celebrations like Thanksgiving as they bring them together with family members that they may not see as often as they would like to the rest of the year.
However, if you’re the one hosting a big family dinner this Thanksgiving, instead of looking forward to celebrating you may be filled with worry and stress as you make lists of everything you need to do – planning the menu, grocery shopping, cleaning, rearranging furniture, decorating and on and on…
If your Thanksgiving plans include preparing a big meal with all of the fixings, the best way to avoid getting overwhelmed and stressed out is to delegate certain tasks. Don’t be afraid to ask guests to bring a side dish or dessert for the dinner, always accept all offers to clean up afterwards (even better: recruit volunteers ahead of time) and by all means, be sure to get your kids to help out.
Tweens can be a big help with your Thanksgiving celebrations and preparations. Involving your kids takes some of the pressure off of you, helps them appreciate the amount of work involved and builds self-confidence and life skills.
Here are just some of the many ways to get your tween involved this year:
Prior to Thanksgiving Day:
- clean the house (or one particular room)
- make lists
- help with the grocery shopping
- make decorations
- plan activities for younger cousins
On Thanksgiving Day:
- cooking prep (peeling vegetables, making stuffing, etc)
- set the table
- put up decorations
- greet guests
- serve drinks (non alcoholic ones)
- entertain younger children
- serve food
- clear the table
- help wash or dry dishes
Depending on your tween’s interests and skills in the kitchen, you may be able to get them more involved in the cooking or even have them make a dessert ahead of time.
Does your tween help out with your Thanksgiving celebrations? What types of things do they do?
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About Kathy Sima
Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)