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Is it a challenge to talk to your family at dinner time?

How to get the family talking together

Is it difficult to get your family talking at dinner, or at all?

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How to get the family talking together

Is it difficult to get your family talking at dinner, or at all?

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 HERE 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; you cansee it HERE

Copyright Carrie Groneman,  A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2017

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  1. Connie Rasmussen says:

    This is really a great idea. The question ,,”is there a family friend or neighbor that scares you ?” could be the most revelant question there .
    The question jar is also a great gift if you filled it with “why I love / like / appreciate you” slips of paper. I gave one to my dad years ago and he really enjoyed reading my love and appreciation for him. 🙂

  2. Diane Roark says:


    I love this idea! The best place and some times the only place for conversation is at the dinner table.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Diane Roark

  3. Love your list of dinner conversation starters! Thanks for sharing at Happiness is Homemade 🙂

  4. Tammy says:

    I love this idea. Would be great too for just adults. Thanks for sharing

  5. This is a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi and Charly

  6. My mom always said she was going to do this, yet our dining room table was never quiet! I like your questions! I have pinned this to our Mother’s Day board. Thanks for linking up to our Mother’s Day blog hop!

  7. Monica says:

    Great post – pinned! Thanks for sharing at Family Fun Friday!

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