10 Ways Toddlers Change Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Dealies

Before I had kids, Thanksgiving was a fairly relaxing holiday. I’d take my time baking over several days. There was no rush to get the turkey in the oven before everyone woke up. And after the main course, I’d kick back and watch a little TV to top off a great day.

After kids…











Here are some other ways toddlers change Thanksgiving:

  • You become the multi-tasking Queen: cooking, cleaning, potty training, wiping snot…it all happens simultaneously. Please wash your hands.
  • The sight of a naked, headless bird sends your tot into a tantrum. Chasing them with the gizzards…optional.
  • They question the turkey baster…how come the turkey gets that much medicine? And then they run!
  • You bake with a wooden spoon in one hand and a screaming kid in the other.
  • The buffet table becomes the barricaded table and is moved behind enemy lines…because all it takes is one tug on the tablecloth or the little acrobat climbing up the sides.
  • You practically eat standing up, because they can’t sit down (or still).
  • Clean-up goes from washing dishes and wiping things down to having to call in ServePro to steam clean the curtains and scrape dried gravy from the ceilings.
  • Dessert goes from real Boston cheesecake to JELL-O cheesecake pudding. Bring on the candy sprinkles!
  • You don’t bother giving them a leaf-adorned napkin. You ARE the napkin.
  • Their genuine appreciation of the food and family makes the holiday even better. Little smiles and laughter…what a holiday bonus.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Posted on by Crystal in Confessions of an Older Mom

6 Responses to 10 Ways Toddlers Change Thanksgiving

  1. another jennifer

    So very true! Makes me happy I don’t have toddlers anymore. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving, Crystal!
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  2. Brittany M.

    Yes, yes, yes. I have four boys, and one is a 2 year old…this is why I prepared most of the food the night before this year. Its hard to cook when you’re chasing a nudist potty training toddler around
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  3. Norine of Science of Parenthood

    You ARE the napkin! Love it!!
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  4. Mila

    ‘HURRY!FIRE!GRAB THAT!”- You cracked me up 🙂
    Hope you had more relaxed Thanksgiving this year:)
    Love the post!

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  5. Kristen

    so true! It’s so much harder to prep and bake too without little fingers touching and smearing everything! Hope you had a lovely holiday…

  6. BritishMumUSA

    How about the Thanksgiving that your now 17 y/o but way back when 7 y/o told everyone in GREAT detail how babies are made!!! Penis, vagina, eggs and sperm!!! Yep, I should write about that one. Oh when asked how she knew, she said I read the book on my bookshelf upstairs in my bedroom. It is a book on sick kids and a bit about how they are made. Darn it!!!!
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