As so many people buzz around preparing for large family gatherings at Thanksgiving, I've heard lots of talk about children's seating.
There are a few schools of thought with regard to Kid's Tables:
1. Separate seating for children is horrible. No matter what the age or temperament of the child, everyone at the table should just deal with it.
2. Children are loud, noisy beasts and grownups should not have to deal with them at all. Children should all be banished to another location.
3.Families with children should be seated together with their children and childless adults should be left in peace.
Granted, these are all extreme stances…but what is the right thing to do?
On one hand, children can only learn how to behave appropriately at an adult dinner table if they are given the opportunity to do so….but, on the other hand, does your great aunt really want your 2 year old flinging sweet potatoes into her hair? On the one hand, holidays are meant to be about family togetherness…but, on the other hand, if you can't fit all of your guests at one table–how are you supposed to break it up?
I will be at my parents house for Thanksgiving dinner…probably sitting at a small table in the corner with my husband and our two little ones, a state of affairs which is just fine with me 🙂 Not banished to another corner of the apartment, just seated at another table in a room with a big table and couple of smaller ones.