Holiday meals are one the most joyful events of the year, but they can also turn out to be the most stressful ones! It may feel that your kids, and especially your parenting skills, are on display to be judged by your friends and family. If your kids are picky eaters, then that’s the cherry on top! But don’t fuss! Here is some advice to handle such holiday situations at the dinner table, without tension or frustration.
Let Your Kids Know What to Expect
Whipping up holiday dinner calls for some pre-planning. Let your kids know what items you’re planning for the day so that nothing would be a bummer on the table. If you don’t know about someone’s food habits or allergies on the guest list, it’s better to talk to them in advance too!
Set the Bar Low
And that’s for yourself! Holiday meals are family affairs, and generally are full of distractions, especially for kids. From their favorite holiday special or football game on TV to out-of-town cousins or favorite uncle meeting after months, kids have a lot on their plates! So, no matter how picky they are, holiday dinner is probably not the best time to nag your child to have more bites.
Bring Something They’ll Like
As much as you don’t want to make your kids unhappy at the holiday dinner table, you don’t also want to whip up spaghetti as an extra dish only for them. So, bring something on the table that you know the picky little ones will like. A handful of crispy bacon pieces in your mashed potato can do the trick!
Keep Some Perspective
A Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner is just one meal. So, if your picky kid didn’t touch the stuffing or brussels sprouts, no big deal! Just serve the healthy foods or their favorite ones on other days of the week. It’s that easy!
American actress and voice artist, Estelle Harris, passed away on April 2nd at the age of 93. In a statement by her family, it was revealed that Harris passed due to natural causes. The loss was felt by many as her friends and colleagues shared heartfelt messages on social media. Among them was Jason Alexander who paid tribute to his Seinfeld mom with a heartwarming post on Twitter.
Estelle Harris’s Wonderful Acting Career
Estelle Harris was a well-known name in the industry with many memorable roles and career accomplishments. In her early career days, she was the queen of commercials getting up to 25 placement ads a year. Countless viewers enjoyed her portrayal of Estelle Constanza on Seinfeld. The actress had appearances in The Pinocchio Shop, Tarzan II, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, and many other productions. Her remarkable vocal performance brought life to Mrs. Potato Head in three of the Toy Story films.
Beloved Seinfeld Mom
Estelle’s son, Glen Harris, told Deadline that she had a great passion for her work, and those who have followed her career over the years know this to be true. Her recurring role as Estelle Costanza, George’s melodramatic mother, was an absolute hit. Jason Alexander who portrayed George on Seinfeld told the Television Academy back in 2014 that Harris brought a lot of joy to the set.
He claimed that Harris looked a lot like his actual mother and that her portrayal of George’s mother on the show was remarkable and added to the depth of George’s character by showing the type of household he grew up in.
Jason Alexander Paid Tribute on Twitter
A day after Estelle Harris’s passing, Alexander wrote a post on Twitter in honor and tribute to his Seinfeld mom. He named her one of his favorite people and spoke about the joy it was working with her. The actor continued by saying it was a true joy hearing her laughter and ended the post by sending love to Harris’s family.