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Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity for parents and students to take a break from the stresses of school. Everyone needs to relax a few days and recoup before the countdown to exams begins. If you are having visitors at your house, the kids should have responsibilities to help prepare for the...

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For Thanksgiving, Kids Should Take a Break From School (but Help at Home)

Posted by: Livia McCoy on Nov 25, 2013 in Livia McCoy


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Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity for parents and students to take a break from the stresses of school. Everyone needs to relax a few days and recoup before the countdown to exams begins.

If you are having visitors at your house, the kids should have responsibilities to help prepare for them so that everyone can have more fun. Depending on how old they are, children are able to help in significant ways. The obvious ones are to put away their own things, make up their bed, dust the furniture, and set the table; but children can also help in the kitchen. As soon as my children were old enough, they began to prepare one or two dishes for our Thanksgiving meal. That continues today, and now every person in the family contributes something significant. It is part of our family tradition.

Including children in Thanksgiving preparations teaches them that they have responsibilities to the family. It improves their self-esteem, because what they are doing is genuinely appreciated by others. It also makes the workload more manageable since everyone does their fair share.

I am so thankful for those who read my blog each week. It is a privilege to share what I have learned about children who struggle in school. I hope you and your family are able to spend this day doing what you all love the most.

I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving Day!

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