November 2018 Soto’s Chronicles
Protecting your most valuable asset — your family
FROM THE DESK OF DeDe Soto
How a Thanksgiving meal is eaten is just as important as what’s on the table. On Thanksgiving Day, we gather to express gratitude, reflect on the things we are thankful for, and share a communal meal with loved ones. And, almost always, we do it at a “kids table” and a “grown-ups table.” Separating diners by age is tradition for a reason, and it also highlights the difference in the Thanksgiving experience for children and adults. According to data analytics site FiveThirtyEight, Thanksgiving is America’s second- favorite holiday, with only Christmas ranking as more popular. If you were to conduct the same study with children, you’d probably expect the results to be different. Think back to your childhood. Did you prefer Thanksgiving to Halloween? Independence Day? Easter? New Year’s? Probably not. And there’s good reason for that. Thanksgiving’s focus on family, food, and gratitude lacks the kid-friendly appeal of gifts, candy, or fireworks. That doesn’t mean, however, that kids should pass the holiday wallowing in boredom. Done right, Thanksgiving can be a wonderful experience for children, but you have to make a concerted effort to engage them. Here are a few ways to do just that. CONTROL IN THE KITCHEN “Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking,” says gastronomy luminary and fashion icon Guy Fieri. “It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.” So why not let the little ones in on the culinary journey to Flavortown this year? Nothing will get your kids more excited about a Thanksgiving meal than having a chance to play a role in it. A THANKSGIVING FOR ALL AGES H ow to C reate a K id -F riendly H oliday E xperience
Let me be the first to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! There are so many things I am grateful for this time of the year. My attitude of gratitude is extended to my family, friends, colleagues, and the wonderful members of my team at the Soto Law Group. I am thankful to spend Thanksgiving in Palm Desert with my husband, wonderful parents, my Aunt Toni, and our friends. As I reflect on this year, I am thankful for many things, including my health. I hope that you find yourself thankful for your good health! And I hope each of you will pause and reflect on the many blessings we have, which includes the freedom to call this country home. With much gratitude, I simple say thank you — I hope you enjoy this Thanksgiving newsletter.
Depending on the size of your kitchen and your ability to navigate the space, it’s up to you to decide whether or not you want children to participate in the cooking
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