Family Time Ideas for Thanksgiving

This is the time of year we get to be surrounded by family and loved ones, so take the opportunity to get to know each other better, and really show how thankful you are to have one another. Below are ways to share time with your family and friends this holiday season.

Make time for your family traditions and add more to the list this year!

If you’re anxious about visiting with family, these tips will help you enjoy your time with family.

Make some fun crafts with the kids, and display them around the house for holiday guests to enjoy.

There’s nothing like a good board game to get everyone laughing and in a fun-loving mood!

We hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

Hilarious Tales of Thanksgiving Disasters

Have you ever encountered a few snags in your holiday celebrations? If so, you’re not alone! Mistakes are bound to happen during the holiday chaos. Relax this year and laugh at yourself if you hit a few bumps in the road.

From sick kids who ruin appetites to meeting “his” mother for the first time, this article from Ladies Home Journal has a variety of funny Thanksgiving disasters!

Have you ever dropped the turkey on the floor, washed and then served it? Shhh, it’s OK, we won’t tell!

HuffPost gathered some of the best Thanksgiving fails from their readers!

Watch these videos and try not to laugh too hard at those running from harmless turkeys!

Tell us one of your “disaster stories” in the comments below!

Thanksgiving DIY Turkey

November is here and that means big meals, family gatherings and the kids are home from school. Here is a simple Thanksgiving DIY Turkey that they can do while you have your hands full with making sure everything else is ready for the holiday.

The great part is, many of this you might have laying around the house, left over from your Labor Day cookout.  Just follow the steps below to start creating your Thanksgiving Turkey.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Apple
  • 5 tooth picks
  • A handful of small marshmallows (about 14)
  • 1 magic marker
  • Construction paper (a sheet of red, white, yellow and orange is best)
  • Tape and glue
  • Scissors

Family Fun_All_Thanksgiving DIY Turkey_Craft Supplies

Step 1 – Making the Body

Place your apple flat on the table and have them pick the side they like the most. Set aside the 5 toothpicks and lay them out on the table.

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Step 2 – Creating the tail fan

Use your handful of mini-marshmallows and add 4 marshmallows to the toothpick in the middle, this will make up the center feather. Then add 3 marshmallows to each toothpick surrounding the toothpick in the middle. Next, add 2 marshmallows to each toothpick on the end. The attach them to the back in a fan like fashion.

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Step 3 –  Drawing the Head and Face

For the head and neck, trace your thumb. Make an upside down heart for the wattle (or the gobble gobble as some kids refer to it), and draw the beak however you see fit. Don’t forget the eye’s, which can be as simple as two circles with dots in the middle.

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Carefully cut out the shapes and glue the eyes, beak and wattle to the head and neck.

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Step 4 – Attaching the Face

After you are finished assembling the face, flip the head shape over and place a toothpick in the center of the paper. Make sure you allow at least a 1/4 of the tooth pick to hang out of the bottom. Then secure the toothpick to the back – either glue or tape will do the trick! If using glue, wait to dry before attaching to the body.

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Once the glue has dried, insert the toothpick into the top of the apple in front of the marshmallow tail fan.

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Step 5 – The Finishing Touch

To add a little something extra to the craft, take your leftover construction paper and cut out a rectangle to make a holiday sign. Insert two toothpicks through it and then stick the toothpicks into the front of the apple, under your turkey’s head.

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And Voila! You’ve turned an apple and a few marshmallows into an awesome Thanksgiving Turkey!

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How to Help Your High Schooler Set Goals

To your teen, it might seem as if high school is going to last forever. But you know better. Setting goals provides your teens with concrete landmarks to help them along their academic path. Having set goals to follow will give your teens focus and help them build self-confidence.

Here’s a look at the kinds of goals your teen should be setting and why they are important.

 

  • Of Course Those Courses Matter. How can you help make your teen’s academic schedule beneficial to him or her? Keep your teen’s college and career goals in mind when choosing courses.

 

  • Think Ahead to Test Time. Tests are a fact of life for high school teens. Whether dealing with subject tests, mid-terms and finals, or standardized tests, your teen’s high school career will be peppered with test dates. Well ahead of test time, help your teen set up test preparation goals.

 

  • Extracurriculars Are Not Extraneous. Both colleges and employers think extracurricular activities are important because they showcase skills, commitment and responsibility. In addition, these activities benefit your teen by helping to build independence, confidence and experience. Sometimes, they even help your teen figure out a career path. As your teens set goals for the things they would like to achieve outside of school, help them keep their overall schedule in mind, as well as their college plans.

 

  • You Talking to Me? Have your teen talk to the school’s counselor. The counselor can help your teen select courses and narrow down college and career choices. Setting up goals with the counselor provides a clear framework that helps them keep things in focus.

 

  • Hello College, Here We Come! No matter which year of high school your teen is in, college visits should be on your goal list. Freshman year is not too soon to start looking at colleges. In fact, it’s much better to start early, and you can start locally. Visit different colleges of different sizes, with different kinds of campuses, if possible. Different campuses have different “feels” to them, and visiting will help your teen figure out which atmospheres are most appealing.

 

  • Face the Financial Facts. High school means study time for you too. Your goal during your teen’s high school years should be to learn about college costs. That includes learning about financial aid: how it works, what’s available and if your family qualifies for it. It also includes learning about the differences between loans, grants and scholarships. The earlier you learn the ins and outs, the better, because it’ll give you the opportunity to plan ahead. Then, you can sit down with your teen and have a frank discussion about the fiscal facts. Based on that discussion, you can help your teen set realistic college goals.

 

The more your teens set and meet goals, the more they will realize the benefits and importance of goal setting. How do you help your teens set goals and keep them on track for meeting their goals?