The week of Thanksgiving is filled with traditions, involving food, family, and now even shopping. Remembering some of your favorite family traditions with your children can be an intentional way to instill family values and stay focused on what is really important. If your family did not have any traditions you care to see carried on, make new ones that your children will be proud of. For example, if you have never played board games as a family, pick one up today while you are out shopping for the perfect bird. And while you are at it, purchase a few FreshTake® meals to free up some of your evening time this holiday season so you can play the game you choose. Here are a few questions to help your family carry on old or build new family traditions.
What do you like most about Thanksgiving?
Encourage them to explain their answer. If they like the people who you spend time with ask them particular questions about the friend or relative they mention.
What traditions make Thanksgiving fun?
If they cannot think of any, after a few minutes encourage them to come up with some you can start making this year. For the ones they already like, be sure to include them.
What board game would you like to play this Thanksgiving and why?
Board games are an inexpensive way to encourage conversation around the table after dinner. If you have time, find the one your children are most fond of and have it ready for this Thursday’s feast or the days that will follow.
Your children will benefit from the camaraderie that happens when families spend time together. Family meals, card games, or just a time to share memories is a great way to spend Thanksgiving. Take an intentional step this holiday season to make it one your children will remember for the traditions you began as a family.