Thanksgiving can be a very stressful holiday for anyone who has eating issues. It’s a food-based holiday, and often brings up lots of insecurities and discomfort.
To help yourself, your child(ren) and loved ones have a happier Thanksgiving, take the focus off the food and invest instead in opportunities to connect with each other.
Four great ideas are:
1. Get outside - go for a walk, explore a new park, look at trees, make snow angels, analyze clouds. Just get out of the house and into nature together.
2. Play a game - pull out the board games and set ground rules for fair play and good behavior. Pull out the wiffle balls and plastic bats or turn the patio table into table tennis. Play for fun, and play with love!
3. Get crafty - grab construction paper, pens, paper, scissors, glue, feathers, pom poms, glitter, and googly eyes. Buy everyone a mini pumpkin and carve away. Draw silly portraits of each other. Get messy and have fun! Yes, this is for both kids and grownups!
4. Volunteer together - find a cause you care about and do something meaningful. Serve food for the homeless, muck out stalls at an animal sanctuary, pick up trash, make cards for service people overseas, or plan a fundraiser for a Native American organization.