According to the latest article in the WSJ, “The New Rules for Parents”, there is one rule that hasn’t changed. That is, to get the desired results from parenting, parents must model the behaviors that they hope to achieve. So if we expect our children to be thankful, and appreciative, we must first model it, demonstrate it and present it so children can learn through our very own actions and deeds.
So how do families stay involved and engaged? Again, it starts with you! The importance of family involvement cannot be overstated. It is the glue that holds families together.
Here are a few suggestions I have personally used for family
involvement that “engages children” with activities requiring writing, math,
art, and computer skills: (Please feel free to share or add to this list!)
- Create and send Thanksgiving dinner invitations or cards.
- Make creative place settings for the dinner table.
- Help select or make menu items.
- Use math to determine the size & prices of turkeys.
- Itemize the total cost for items needed for the Thanksgiving dinner.
- Research stores for best prices and coupons.
- Research restaurants if planning to eat out.
- Write or select a reading or poem to present on that day.
- Present or send thank you notes to the host if invited out for dinner.
- Start each day with a list of all the things you can be thankful for!
Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. ~W.J. Cameron