The holidays are upon us and it all begins with that delectable Thanksgiving feast! There will be an abundance of food, family and fun. However, if you are a parent, there may also be a lot of whining, tantrums, gagging and other random misbehaviors.
To tell you the truth, as an autism parent, I gave up on the holidays a long time ago, but I know most of you still try. For that reason and that reason alone, I have come up with 5 ways parents can make Thanksgiving easier on themselves.
#1: Charge all small portable devices and hide them in your purse or pockets.
The tablet, the 3DS, the iPod, the phone. Seriously, charge them all and then hide them. Don’t pull them out right away, but when your kids start going south, as in screaming and crying on the floor, whip that shit out and you will be their Thanksgiving superhero!
#2: Bring something that your kids want to eat.
This will save you time, tantrums and tummy aches. My family is always like, “Oh, we know the kids are picky. We’ll make something they like.” No, because homemade mac n cheese is not the same as the stuff in the box. I don’t care how DELICIOUS your recipe is. My kids won’t eat it. Either bring something they like or let them go to town on the cookie tray and bread basket. Your choice.
#3: Make the day special for them.
When the guys go watch football and the ladies start chit chatting, pull out a new board game that the kids can play together. Make sure it is something that multiple ages can enjoy, like Connect 4, Jenga or Sequence!
#4: Don’t over schedule.
Too many timed events, too many required things, too many demands can make anyone tired and cranky. EVEN YOU!
#5: Perfection is overrated.
Don’t force the perfect holiday gathering, just go with the flow. Like the gravy on a Thanksgiving pile of mashed potatoes, it may overflow and run on top of your other stuff, but that usually makes it even better!