Surviving the Relatives This Thanksgiving

So you’re having the whole family over to host Thanksgiving dinner.  That can add a lot of unnecessary stress and pressure, but it will be much more enjoyable if you heed these simple tips.

First and Foremost, remember this: it won’t be perfect.  And it doesn’t have to be.  With kids running around and adults over indulging on food and drinks, there’s bound to be a snafu.  Best to just roll with the punches.

Hide Breakables:  If you’re going to have a house full of kids, put away potential breakables.  You’ll be much less irritated when you don’t have to sweep up the broken vase you just bought.

Stock up on food items for the younger crowd: You don’t have to go way out of your way, just grab a few staples like apple juice, crackers, noodles.

Designate a kids hangout:  If you have a den or part of the living room where the kids can pull out their toys, it will make for a much smoother day.  Have kids bring a favorite movie, game, or toy to keep occupied.

Set ground rules: Like no food on the couch, no instigating the dog, etc.

Check the emotional baggage: The holidays are not the appropriate venue to voice grievances with family members.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

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