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Get help for Thanksgiving from a source that is closer than you think

If you think you have to deal with cooking the big meal all by yourself, you're wrong. There are many ways that you can divide the responsibilities to save your sanity, but you may be neglecting one of the biggest helpers who may already be in your home – your kids.

Kids can help prepare fresh veggies this Thanksgiving.
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You may occasionally let your kids help prepare weeknight meals, but Thanksgiving? Yes. They are a ready group of people who can be kept occupied by helping you in the kitchen to make some of the parts of the dinner. For instance, young toddlers can tear lettuce or snap the ends off green beans. Older children can help you cut up bread or vegetables for the stuffing. Teenagers are the perfect age to pass on your family's secret recipe for the perfect mashed potatoes or stuffing. See some more things that you can get the kids engaged in this Thanksgiving by watching the video.

Think your kids are still completely inept and uninterested in cooking? Check out some of these practical tips for cooking with kids in the kitchen that can be applied to your daily meals or for a special Thanksgiving dinner. You can also take your kids to one of Houston's Williams-Sonoma stores on November 30 at 9:30 a.m. for a junior cooking class that will teach your kids Thanksgiving recovery healthy smoothies and other blender drinks. It's the last of the junior cooking classes for this month. Here's were you can find the four Houston-area Williams-Sonoma stores. They are found at Highland Village, Baybrook Mall, First Colony Mall and Town & Country Village.

For last minute help with your Thanksgiving menu, check out Williams-Sonoma's free technique class that will show you how to prepare a perfect pie. These classes will be November 24 and 25, 2013. Call your nearest Williams-Sonoma store for times.

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