Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it’s a time when we disconnect from our busy lives, reconnect with friends and family, and break bread. Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to plan meals and cook with our children, read about the holiday, and, most importantly, give thanks for our blessings. During the holiday, it’s also important to keep nutrition and a sleep schedule in mind – even though we might bend the rules a little.
Thanksgiving and Nutrition
First, don’t let kids get too hungry before the big holiday meal so they won’t be tempted to overeat. Keep them on a regular meal schedule and always include foods in the holiday meal that are fresh, unprocessed, nutritious – and some that your child is familiar with.
There are many great Thanksgiving books available on everything from the history of the holiday to gratitude. Here are just a few of my favorites:
Thanksgiving and A Sleep Schedule
With the changes this holiday brings to everyone’s schedules, we have to accept that our child’s regular sleep schedule may be a bit off. It’s okay to bend the rules a little, but be sure to return to a regular sleeping schedule as quickly as possible.
If you have a little one who still naps, and you’re traveling or having guests, their regular nap schedule may have to take a break. As long as you are consistent with your little one’s nap schedule 80% of the time, you should not fret if your baby misses an occasional nap if the environment isn’t conducive to napping. Here are some guidelines:
Remember, you should always go through your regular bedtime routine when your child is awake. Then get them back on their normal sleep schedule and routine over the next few days.
Whether you’re traveling to see friends or family this Thanksgiving or welcoming loved ones into your home, I wish you many blessings of love and gratitude.