25 Tweets About What It’s Really Like To Celebrate Thanksgiving With Kids

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As a parent, the things you’re most thankful for include your child’s health and safety — but attempting to share an elaborate meal with them and all of your extended family may leave you feeling less-than-filled with gratitude.

You can count on children to bring their full, honest, picky-eating, straight-talking selves to the table. While not always relaxing or enjoyable, every Thanksgiving with kids is a meal to remember.

Here, some of the wittiest parents on X (formerly Twitter) share their wry observations on what it’s like to share this national holiday with little ones.

I love when my child has themed group lunches at school like “Thanksgiving Feast Day” or “Holiday Brunch” –

– so she can practice refusing all the food and ask for chicken nuggets, before her final performance in front of our family.

— Amanda Marcotte | Mediocre Mommy (@storiesofamom) November 19, 2019

I love Thanksgiving. Can’t wait to slave for hours over a meal my kids will rudely reject in front of relatives who are judging my parenting

— Ally (@TragicAllyHere) November 16, 2016

When your children refuse to eat anything other than a buttered dinner roll today just take a deep breath and be thankful that there will be more leftovers for you.

Also, fuck guilt and other people’s opinions on what your kids should or shouldn’t be eating.

— Moderately Mom (@moderately_mom) November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving is a sweet day where my kids scream for hrs while I cook & then my 4 yo announces at the table that Grandma Edna smells funny.

— Ash (an female) ⚪️ (@adult_mom) November 16, 2016

It’s the day before thanksgiving and my children better not ask to eat today.

— Professional Worrier (@pro_worrier_) November 27, 2019

Spent the hour ride home from Thanksgiving with my butt wedged between two car seats because the #baby was screaming. Yea, holidays with kids!

— Ohio mom of two 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ #BLM (@OhioMomoftwo) November 24, 2017

It’s almost Thanksgiving, so that means it’s time to buy a bunch of food your kids will stare at for 10 minutes before asking for pie!

— the Mom TruthBomb (@momTruthBomb) November 16, 2016

My kids think I’m going to make them breakfast when we still have plenty of cranberry sauce leftover from thanksgiving we need to eat.

— Jessie (@mommajessiec) November 28, 2022

When planning your Thanksgiving meal portions, don’t forget to account for all of the stuff your kids will throw on the floor.

— Lauren Mullen (@DraggingFeeties) November 18, 2017

It’s 9pm on Thanksgiving :

One of my children is eating mashed potatoes with a spatula, out of glassware.

One of my children is dipping eggos in home made whipped cream.

The other one is yawing “I’m not tired”

Thanksgiving accomplished!

— hahahaheater ❄️🌨️☃️ (@dishs_up) November 27, 2020

The most rewarding part of cooking for days to have a wonderful thanksgiving for my family is when the kids start gagging and ask for pop tarts

— Maryfairyboberry🧚🏻♀️ (@maryfairybobrry) November 1, 2021

What son of a bitch signed me up to bring 30 juice boxes and a pumpkin pie for 5’s kindergarten Thanksgiving party?!

Oh shit. It’s me. I’M the son of a bitch.

— Marissa💚💛 (@michimama75) November 22, 2021

May this be the year that your children eat something other than dinner rolls.

– a parent’s Thanksgiving blessing

— the Mom TruthBomb (@momTruthBomb) November 28, 2019

[Thanksgiving dinner]

Me: *wins wishbone contest*

Wife: so what did you wish for?

Kids: *walking into the kitchen* our shoes are tied and we are ready to go

Me: *smiles*

— The Dad (@thedad) November 26, 2020

Thank you, in advance, to my family for the hours they’ll put into preparing a Thanksgiving dinner so that my daughter can eat mac ‘n cheese & immediately raid the dessert spread.

— ωнαтѕαяαнѕαι∂ (@tinyandtired) November 23, 2017

You know what I’m thankful for every Thanksgiving? Having kids that all of a sudden are “tired” when I’ve had enough of visiting my family.

— A Bearer Of Dad News (@HomeWithPeanut) November 20, 2018

Kids: *open fridge*

Me, being the cheerful mom I always thought I’d be during the holidays: DONT YOU DARE PUT YOUR HANDS ON ANYTHING IN THERE! THATS FOR THANKSGIVING!!

— MomTransparenting (@momtransparent1) November 27, 2019

Going to my parents for Thanksgiving, where my kids will continue to be picky eaters, but it’s an away game.

— Tired Dad of 2 (@Tired_Dad_of_2) November 25, 2021

Let’s get married & have kids so instead of enjoying Thanksgiving dinner you can make sure no food touches on her plate while I microwave him a hotdog.

— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) November 22, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Or as we like to call it in our house, “I don’t like that, I want butter noodles.”

Godspeed.

— Amanda Marcotte | Mediocre Mommy (@storiesofamom) November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving, don’t forget to pack some granola bars for your kid who will look at a table full of every imaginable food and refuse to eat any of it.

— The Dad (@thedad) November 24, 2022

We have this tradition where every Thanksgiving my wife & I cook a big meal, then our kids criticize it

— A Bearer Of Dad News (@HomeWithPeanut) November 24, 2021

Me, before kids: This is dumb, we should get the whole week off.

Me, with kids in school: Do they really need the day after Thanksgiving off, too?

— Ramblin Mama (@ramblinma) November 21, 2017

Son: why is there a parade for thanksgiving?

Me: to remember why we celebrate *points* there’s a turkey *points* and that’s a pilgrim

Son: *points to Pikachu* and who’s that?

Me: *smiling* son, I think it’s time I tell you the true meaning of the holidays

— The Dad (@thedad) November 28, 2019

Nothing makes me long for Monday morning more than a 5-day Thanksgiving break spent with kids hopped up on pie and leftover Halloween candy.

— the Mom TruthBomb (@momTruthBomb) November 28, 2016

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