Politely Managing Children at Thanksgiving Dinner - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. Thanksgiving dinners always include family members of all ages. I recommend, for a flawless event that the adults can enjoy, and the children as well, that you set a table separately for the children and serve the children earlier than the adults. Set a fun table that is festive with things that children like, maybe a little hat or a special little something that indicates it is Thanksgiving, and the colored napkins, and everything. Make it easy to eat food for the children and have it cut up the sizes appropriate for their age, and maybe glasses that are not breakable. Let the children have fun. Set it in a separate area and give them their dinner at least an hour to an hour and a half ahead of time. When they are finished, you can then send them to an activity, such as a video game or books, or some sort of activity with a board game. And then, the adults can move to their dinner. You may wish to have one of the teenagers continue to supervise the younger children so that the parents truly can have an enjoyable meal. Then, of course, the formal event for our adults can be very luscious with all of the appropriate crystal glasses and the candlelight, and all of the lovely things that make it significant. Parents can then relax. The host feels fine because nothing is going to be broken or spilled, and everyone has a lovely, lovely Thanksgiving dinner.