Thanksgiving food prep with children: Putting kids to work cooking holiday meals

Parents, start your engines, 'cause the holiday countdown begins now. With Halloween out of the way (whew!) it's time to start thinking Thanksgiving food prep. And today's topic is how to put kids to work cooking holiday meals. Kids in the kitchen at Thanksgiving--sounds like a recipe for disaster, doesn't it? Visions of eggs on the floor and stuffing on the ceiling make parents shy away from letting little ones help with food prep. But if you're juggling cooking and childcare, enlisting youngsters' help is the perfect solution. It's the best way to keep them corralled, in your sights, away from mischief and out from underfoot. So if you're up to your elbows in cranberries and children, here are cooking jobs kids can do successfully.   Thanksgiving food prep with children: Putting kids to work cooking holiday meals |

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