While eating a delicious meal with loved ones this Thanksgiving is definitely one of the highlights of the celebration, it's also a time to give thanks, get excited about sharing traditions, be grateful for what we have and show appreciation and gratitude to those who lend a helping hand.
If you're looking to teach your kids about what it means to be thankful this time of year, here are some our favorite Thanksgiving quotes.
Repeat: I am not a short-order cook. "It's a child's job to learn to eat what the parents eat," says Ellyn Satter, a registered dietitian and the author of Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family. Instead of the all-or-nothing scenario, offer a variety of foods at mealtime: the main course, plus rice or pasta, a fruit or vegetable, and milk. This way, your child can eat just the pasta and the peas and get protein from the milk. "What a child eats over the course of a day or a week is more important than a balanced meal at one sitting," says Stephen Daniels, the chairman of the department of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, in Aurora.
Oprah Winfrey reminds us to focus on what we have rather than what we don't have.
Thanksgiving kicks off a special time to share traditions old and new with kids, family and friends.