During the Thanksgiving holiday season, take the time to reinforce your child's sense of belonging and importance to your family. There are many ways to show your kids how much you love and appreciate them; here are just a few ideas to get you started:
- Involve your children in the planning and preparation of the Thanksgiving meal. This is a fun opportunity for your family to interact and a good way to show your child how your family needs to work as a team—and how each team player is essential.
- During the meal, ask family members to state what they are most thankful for. Parents can offer thoughts on why they are thankful to have each of their children in their lives.
- Share your happy childhood memories from your own Thanksgivings. For many parents, the holiday season is a deeply nostalgic time. Let your kids know how wonderful it is to be reliving the holidays again now with them in your life.
- Don't forget your children in the rush and frenzy of the holiday! Taking a couple minutes to stop and hug your child—whether she's a toddler or a teen—will help her feel part of this busy season.