Everyone needs to feel appreciated. Adults, though, have had time to develop a strong sense of identity and most can maintain self-esteem even when not getting praise regularly from others. Children, however, have fewer coping skills, so when they receive little or no attention, kids often think there is something wrong with them.
During the Thanksgiving holidays, parents can take time to reinforce a child's sense of belonging and importance to the family.
The Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund, which works to prevent child abuse and neglect by strengthening and supporting families, offers the following ideas:
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Thanksgiving brings us thoughts of the comforts of home, but the holiday exists today thanks to the arrival of the Pilgrims on these shores, and their trip here was a long way from comfortable.
You can create cool turkey crafts that are sure to look fine long after your turkey dinner is done. This 3-D turkey is fun and will make a beautiful centerpiece or a great wall hanging at your Thanksgiving family gathering.