What Does Your Toddler Need To Know About Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving Turkey

Gobble, gobble.

We traveled to New York City a week ago to spend time with family. My Dad recently had surgery so it’s been nice to be around during his recovery. We’ll also be here for Thanksgiving this coming week.

Since we live so far away, and we’ve added two new family members in the last three years, we haven’t been able to be with our extended family on our favorite holiday for a number of years. So this year, it’s a big treat.

Now that Shnook’s constant queries about next Halloween have curbed (or at least lessened)  it’s time to focus on Thanksgiving.

Of course, we love to cook in my family, so I’m hoping that he will be able to participate in this family ritual to an extent. Both he and  Fuzz can make their own Thanksgiving dinner in the toy kitchen set up in my mom’s dining room, which is the same one from when my sister and I were young.

Other than food traditions,  there is also the idea of giving thanks, which we’ve attempted to make the Shnook understand from an early age.

What about the story? Will you attempt to tell your toddlers any specifics about the story of Thanksgiving, or just explain some of the traditions you have in your family, or both?

I’m not sure my toddler needs to know or understand the details of stealing land from Native Americans, but do you think three is old enough to have any understanding about injustice on a large scale? I don’t know about your toddlers, but mine experience their own personal injustice at least once every seven minutes.

Would it be worth it to have this conversation pertaining to the holiday, or should you just keep it about turkey and pecan pie? What do you think?

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