Is it a challenge to talk to your family at dinner time?
How often do you eat together as a family?
When you do, is everyone talking together or are they all on their electronic devices, or is the television on?
Why is it important to eat and talk together?
Research has shown that families who eat together have more close-knit relationships.
There is a lower number of depression and suicidal tendencies in teens and older kids.
Less substance abuse in teens and adults who eat together and hold meaningful discussions.
Vocabulary and education are higher in children who eat together as a family and have conversations.
Bonding and insight that comes from these times bring fond memories and instill a sense of belonging to strengthen relationships.
It can seem like crickets are living in your home when you tell your family that you want to start having talks during dinner.
They may look at you like you just dropped in from another planet, but I have a solution for you.
Dinner Conversation Starters
Print off this awesome list of questions that I’ve provided in colorful and fun strips put them in a family CONVERSATION JAR on the table at dinner time.
You can take turns pulling them out and answering the question
One question can be chosen and everyone takes a turn answering the same question; which would be very fun and enlightening to find out what is going on in their life without prying or being perceived as prying.
You will be amazed at the benefits of this small, but very powerful tool to get the dialogue going with your family.
You can download my FREE printables here, cut them out and put them in a family jar, bowl or special container to use.
This game Table Topics is also another option, see it HERE
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2017
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