Thanksgiving is right around the corner! For an over-planner like me, this means the spreadsheets, lists, and plans of attack are flying through my head this week. While I’m not hosting the meal, I am bringing several dishes to my parents’ house. I am a New England traditionalist when it comes to Thanksgiving, and it’s important to me to pass on my own traditions to my two sons. Raising boys who can cook, and cook well, is really important to me, so I like to try to include my 3 and 6 year old boys in as many ways as possible as we get ready for our family’s dinner together. It’s true that they do not do “perfect” work, but in my opinion, the benefit of having them be included and learn their way around the kitchen is worth the possible less-than-perfect results. And trust me– the grandparents don’t mind at all if things don’t look exactly as planned. If you’re interested in finding ways to let the kids pitch in and help on Thanksgiving, here are some age-appropriate ideas!