Hire Your Child
Hire your child to do a specific job at Thanksgiving dinner, and tailor the task to his interests. Assign your shutter-happy kid a camera to be the official Thanksgiving photographer, or if he’s into art, have him create name cards for each of the place settings. If he's comfortable with younger cousins, ask him to be the babysitter and take the little ones outside to play. Having a specific job will make your child feel important and included in family duties during the festivities.