Arrange a Volunteer Opportunity
What better way to get your preteen more engaged in Thanksgiving than to arrange for a volunteer opportunity? Giving back inspires compassion for people who are less fortunate, while creating lifelong memories that you'll both share. Older kids can help out at food pantries and soup kitchens, but they can also deliver treats to other families or rake up leaves around the neighborhood. Challenge the kids in your family to do one act of service before dinner and you'll be surprised what great ideas they come up with.