On Thanksgiving we are all encouraged to express gratitude for all the blessings we are given. Spiritual writers and thinkers of all faiths worldwide remind us that all we have is a gift from God. Most non-religious people realize that what we have is a gift of nature. Any way you look at it we are gifted, and it is good to pause, recognize it and give thanks.
The table is the center of the feast. Around it we get together, tell stories, remind one another about how funny old Uncle Bert could be and that we still miss him. And we talk about how good the food is and all sorts of other things. What we talk about is not as important as just being together.
As a Dad, Thanksgiving is a good time to tell your children how thankful you are for having them in your life. Kids need to hear that they are valued and individually recognized as important. So this year at the table single out each kid by name and tell him or her that you are thankful for them. If you have a kid that has been giving you lots of problems take time out from focusing on the problems and just mention that you love them.
All this brings me to my final point, and that is, direct the conversation so that it is always going in a good direction. This is not the time for us to criticize one another. Thanksgiving dinner should not be a time to correct others; rather it should be without any ill will or rancor. Have fun with one another. And don’t make fun of anyone other than perhaps, yourself.