Ready for Black Friday?

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Cartoon of a boy with a football helmet. He says to his mom, “I’m ready to hit the Black Friday sales with you.
I was watching some football and was assaulted by all the Black Friday ads. I’m not sure which game is rougher: the tackling or the shopping. Be safe out there, warriors!

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.

Coloring page- Pumpkin and Mouse

Coloring page of a pumpkin and mouse

It’s autumn around here. The leaves are turning and soon the kids will be flocking to apple orchards and pumpkin farms.

Here’s a little coloring page for your classroom or for home. The mouse has a little pumpkin all for himself. But watch out for him. He likes corn too!

Click on the image to download a larger version of this coloring page.

Pilgrim Kids Coloring Page

Pilgrim Kids Coloring Page

Coloring page of two Pilgrim Kids. This page is for the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States and is available for personal, church and school use.

I’m open to suggestions. Let me know what coloring pages you would like to see, and I may be able to post it for you.

Thanksgiving Turkey Coloring Page

Thumbnail for Turkey coloring pageThanksgiving is just around the corner in the United States, and that means turkey with stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes and… well, I’m getting hungry!

While you’re waiting for that turkey to get done, you can color this free page of Tom Turkey smiling for everyone. This guy has no idea he could be dinner. And that’s okay! Cartoon turkeys rarely become someone’s meal. They’re too rubbery!

Click on the image to download an Acrobat file.