Being Thankful for Laughter (11-29-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

Decide:    To be thankful for shared laughter.

Practice:  Play a Food Game. Select some favorite family food – perhaps one you ate for Thanksgiving or some other special family meal recently. Here’s how to play.

*  Have your child lie down and pretend he’s the main ingredient. For example, like he’s a pile of dough.

*  Add other ingredients like oil, seeds, spices, vegetables, etc. on top of the child.

*  Be creative about using real things as your pretend ingredients. Water could be milk or oil. Discs of paper could be chopped vegetables.

*  Pretend to knead, mix, or shape the ingredients.

*  Finish your “dish” off with toppings like icing, parsley, etc.

*  Put your “human dish” in the oven. You could use the sofa or under a table as an oven. Make sure your oven is an open, airy space that won’t scare the child.

*  Take your “dish” out of the oven and slice it up for eating. Use your hands. No real knives – not even for pretend. And, be gentle. No Karate chopping.

(This Food Game is inspired by the picture book, Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig. You can read this book to learn about Mr. Steig’s Pizza Game.)

 Today’s Parenting Tip was inspired by the idea of being thankful.

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The Holiday Season is upon us. Looking for a clever gift idea? See Holiday Gift Ideas Revisited.

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