The Kids Table Dilemma
Where do your kids sit during Thanksgiving Dinner? Do they sit at a kids table or do they sit at the main table with the adults? Regardless of where they sit, a major stress for parents can be just trying to eat their Thanksgiving dinner without any crises. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving dinners, with their fancy Thanksgiving tablescapes, were not exactly designed with kids in mind. They are often elaborate setups with breakable dishes, candles just waiting to be knocked over, and pretty centerpieces that are calling out to be fiddled with. And then there is the adult conversation… politics, talk about extended family members, boring relatives who think kids should be seen and not heard. Yeah, it is not exactly the best dynamics to bring out the best behavior in children.
So I recently began to think about ways to make the Thanksgiving dinner table a more kid-friendly place. I realized that the first thing that should be done away with would be the starched white table cloth. Instead, I decided to that a disposable tablecloth made out of butcher/kraft paper made a lot more sense. In then occurred to me that if I outlined where all the dishes go, Sola could set the table all by herself and learn how to set a formal table while she was at it.
Put Some Crayons On the Table
I also decided to set out crayons on the table so that she could color on it if she got bored. There was something about having such a huge canvas that made Sola want to start coloring immediately.
Finally, I used ceramic, wood, and glass dishes and serving pieces rather than my good china and crystal so that I don’t have to worry about anything being broken. After setting this up to see if it would work, Sola wanted to start using it for every dinner, so I think it will be a hit.
Turning it Over to You
Do you serve Thanksgiving dinner at your house? Do you have the kids sit at the same table as the adults or do you have a kids table? Do you have any secrets to keeping kids occupied during Thanksgiving dinner?