Too Cool for Family Thanksgiving? 6 Ways to Get Kids Involved

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Bring on the Butcher Paper

Borrow the “butcher paper table cloth” idea from the restaurants that know that the best way to combat preteen boredom without disrupting dinner. Layer a large piece of butcher paper on the tables and provide plenty of crayons to go around. Even older kids will appreciate the chance to scribble and doodle while eating and talking, and having something to keep your child occupied may help him feel more comfortable—and less annoyed—if he’s been assigned to the kids’ table.