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How to Make the Kids’ Table at christmas Actually Kid-Friendly

Christmas with kids can be tough. Exposure to foods they aren’t used to, sectioned off at a table with other children they might not always know that well, and expectations of very good behavior for an extended period of time can all contribute to a stressful environment. Here are a few tips for making the kids’ table the best seat in the house (and turning you into the holiday hero won’t hurt, either).

Busy Hands Are Happy Hands

If your children are anything like mine, meals are usually anything but relaxing. More often, they go like this: take a bite, run around the house three times, poke a sibling in the face, repeat. On Christmas Day, why not set out a few activities to make sure there’s less poking, and more fun? A quick internet search brings up hundreds of free Christmas coloring pages—just find a printer, a handful of crayons, and you’re set. Busy little hands are happy little hands and will let you focus on other things.  

Deconstruct the Meal

Children often like their meals distilled down to their simplest parts, and not even the magic of Christmas changes that. For example: instead of feeding them a bite of turkey dipped in mashed potatoes and topped off with cranberry sauce and gravy, your child might prefer each part of the meal separated into its own space. A spacious plate is perfect for portioning out the feast for picky little eaters. (Eventually they’ll realize the wonders of pouring gravy on every Thanksgiving food in sight.)

Tantrum-Proof, Spill-Proof

Not even the prospect of overturned drinks will stop you this Christmas—the Soft Spout Cup keeps a lid on spills until the child is old enough to drink from the open cup.

Happy feasting!

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