These common mistakes will mess up your Thanksgiving.
5. Get pouty when people want to watch football instead of eating.
Instead: Realize that for some guests, football is a highlight of the holiday. This year, there are NFL games at 12:30pm, 4:30pm, and 8:30pm, and a college game at 7:30pm. Pick one or two games that matter the most to everyone, and schedule your meal around them.
6. Leave the kids to do their own thing during the football game or adult conversation time, then get upset because they made a mess or broke a vase.
Instead: Set up a dedicated play space—away from breakable items—with games, crafts, and other fun stuff for the kiddos to enjoy.
7. Let an overtired child throw a monster tantrum.
Instead: Make a bedroom, den, or other space available for napping.
8. Heroically refuse offers to help with cleanup.
Instead: Say “Yes, thanks!” You’ll get your kids (and yourself) to bed sooner.