How to deal with picky eaters at Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving can be a real challenge for parents with picky eaters.

When I was growing up, my mother had two kids that would eat about anything and two that were extremely picky eaters. I won’t tell you which one I was, however the fact I was the first-born child may give you a hint. (we first-borns tend to be parent pleasers!)

Keeperofthehome.org has a great article on this subject. They mention this can be a problem of an affluent society where food is thrown away without a thought. This blog had some great tips for dealing with picky eaters.

  • Prepare real food as much as possible. The closest the finished form is from the farm to you the better.
  • Have the children help you prepare the food. We naturally take pride in something we’ve made.
  • Pray and thank God for your food. Just that simple act gives us a different outlook. It reminds us our food didn’t just come from a nameless farm factory.
  • If a child says he or she isn’t hungry, save the meal for the next time. It shows we don’t waste good food and reminds them food is valuable.

The Thanksgiving story is a great example to teach the kids why the Pilgrims were grateful for food. Here is a link of the first Thanksgiving for kids. Forty-six of the original one hundred-two pilgrims died before the next fall.

Find a way to encourage a child to try new things without shaming them. It can be tempting to use the old phrase, “There are people starving in… “ The goal is to teach your kids gratitude, not give them a guilt trip! And if a child gave a food an honest try and they still don’t like it, relax! We don’t have to like everything to be grateful.

Ahoy! It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Two pirates celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day
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Ahoy, Matey! Happy International Talk Like a Pirate day! Here’s ye coloring page for yer lil’ buccaneer.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

A leprechaun wishes you a happy Saint Patrick's Day

Today is Saint Patrick’s Day. It’s nice this year we have this holiday right before Palm Sunday and Easter. Patrick is a good example of someone changed by what happened on Easter.

I’d like to think the leprechauns are celebrating all three holidays too. Perhaps they will be on the front pew all three Sundays. The pot o’ gold may be near the pulpit.

“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21

Coloring Page: Candy Cane Boy

Image of boy and candy cane coloring page

Here is a coloring page just in time for Christmas. The boy is proudly showing his candy cane. He’s ready to celebrate the holiday season.

You are free to use this coloring page for personal and classroom use. Merry Christmas!

Christmas Nativity Coloring Page

Thumbnail of Christmas nativity coloring page

Merry Christmas! I just love this time of year. The sounds, smells and sights of Christmas bring back memories of Christmases long, long ago. (Hmm. sounds like a Christmas tune.)

I’ve done another nativity scene in a different style. You can find it here.

Here is a Christmas nativity coloring page for you. It is free for personal and classroom use.