Thanksgiving is stressful enough as it is, but when you add a toddler to the mix, it can make it even more difficult!

In just a few short days, your family will be gathered around your table to eat turkey and stuffing and to say what they are thankful for, but before you sit down to that magical moment, you have to finish planning your menu, take a trip or two to the grocery store, tidy up before your guests arrive and, of course, prepare Thanksgiving dinner. Getting everything done on your to-do list won’t be easy, and when you have a toddler in tow, it can make it even more difficult. Luckily, our toddler care experts in Bowling Green have come up with these tips for surviving Thanksgiving with your toddler:

#1. Keep them busy.

When your toddler is constantly pulling on your shirt or calling your name, getting stuff done is not exactly easy. Do your best to keep your toddler entertained while you are busy preparing for Thanksgiving by coming up with some easy crafts, renting their favorite movie or investing in some good, old-fashioned coloring books.

#2. Give yourself some wiggle room in your schedule.

When you schedule out your time over the next few days, make sure that add in some wiggle room. Toddlers don’t always understand time crunches, and you will probably have more than few bumps in the road to deal with in the days ahead. By adding in some extra time in your schedule, those bumps won’t have to derail the entire thing!

#3. Get your toddler involved.

Toddlers love to be helpful, and there are plenty of small tasks that your toddler can probably handle. Whether you enlist your toddler to help you pick out Thanksgiving decorations or hand you the ingredients you need while making dinner, they will love to be a part of preparing for Thanksgiving!

#4. Feed the kids first.

There’s nothing more frustrating than having to get up multiple times during your holiday dinner to supervise your toddler’s dinner, and the best way to avoid this is to feed them ahead of time! Your toddler can still join the rest of the family for dinner, but, at least this way, you won’t have to constantly worry if they are eating enough or hiding their vegetables under their napkin.

At Smart Start Child Care, we are proud to provide child care for kids of all ages, including infants and toddlers, and we hope that you have a Happy Thanksgiving! Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about our toddler care programs in Bowling Green!