We think Thanksgiving provides a lot of teachable moments for children. Whether they be our own children, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, godchildren, or our best friends’ kids, children learn by example. We’re sure that there are many more Thanksgiving-related opportunities for teaching and learning than those we’ve listed below – and our thoughtful readers will surely come up with some great ideas of their own – but, here’s our food for thought (pun intended!).
Pass the Muffins Beyond the Table
As we discussed in our “Give More than Thanks” blog post, why not bake up an extra batch of muffins or an extra loaf of your favorite holiday bread for a local food kitchen or an elderly neighbor this Thanksgiving? Even if you can’t gather your favorite children to help you bake, ask them to join you in delivering your sweet treat to its intended recipient. That way, they’ll get to see how the hearts of both giver and receiver are warmed by a good deed.
Healthy Food Can Still Be Delicious
Of course, as a company that offers products that pair with fruit and vegetables, as well as one that provides parents with a smart way to get kids to eat their fruit & veggies, we’re a big believer, and speak from experience, that healthy food like beautiful, nutrient-rich produce can be as delicious – in fact, even more delicious – than some comfort-type foods that lack nutritional value.
We’ve got lots of great seasoning mixes and delicious side dish recipes to make all sorts of fruits and vegetables pop at your Thanksgiving get-together! So, why not set a goal to serve a “rainbow” of fruit and vegetables this Thanksgiving? And, consider tying it in with November’s #ProduceChallenge from The Produce Mom.
There’s Great Reasons to Give Thanks
We saved the most obvious and easiest lesson to teach for last – and that’s the importance and benefits of “giving thanks.” Regardless of religious beliefs, research shows that adults and children alike benefit from “counting their blessings” and expressing and acknowledging gratitude for them. Regardless of whether or not a prayer accompanies it, why not ask each guest at the Thanksgiving table to share things and people for which they are grateful before diving into Thanksgiving favorites? And, why not work on this great “Gratitude Turkey” craft (shown in picture below) from Parents Magazine with your child guests pre- or post-Thanksgiving-meal?
Share This Season!
During this season of sharing, officially launched by the Thanksgiving holiday, we hope you’ll share with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram photos of the special dishes you make, time spent with family and friends, and/or things you did to give more than thanks this Thanksgiving, using #givemorethanthanks. And we promise to share too using the aforementioned hashtag as well as #bakedwithlove #madewithlove #blessingcounting #produceup #producepusher #fallflavors and#holidaysimplepleasures. And, throughout the November and December holiday season, we’ll be sharing both our and your great recipes on our “Holiday Simple Pleasures” Pinterest board.