Talks Around the Dinner Table: A Few Starters to Get the Conversation Going

Do you ever run out of things to say at the dinner table? I love my family, but I am tired by the time dinner is done and sometimes I just want to eat in peace while everyone else clanks and chews. However, I also realize that this captive time is really important. So I try to make the most of it on the five out of seven nights a week we are sitting around the table together.

We ask the usual questions about our days and upcoming events. The responses are usually a bit lackluster, until my six year old asks us to name our favorite part of the day. This simple positivity switch makes all the difference in the amount of whining that typically happens during dinner talk. Everyone intently listens and then oohs and aahs over everybody’s favorite parts of their days. It’s a nice way to finish dinner. My kids even say things like, “That sounds great.” or “Wow, that is pretty awesome. I wish that happened to me today.” So, as a mom I feel pretty proud of them. Until they jump back on the whining train when I ask them to clear the table!

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If your talks at the table are getting stale, give these conversation starters a try:

-What was the best part of your day? Why?

-What was the hardest part of your day? Why?

-When were you brave today? How?

-What challenged you today? Why?

-What problem did you have to solve today? How?

-What are you most proud of today? Why?

-Who is the happiest person you know? Why?

-Who made you laugh the most today? How?

-When were you helpful today? How?

-Which person in your life inspires you? How?

Dig a little deeper with these:

-If you could do anything for fun right now, what would it be? Why?

-If you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go? Why?

-If you could learn any new skill, what would it be? Why?

-If you could talk to anyone in history, who would it be? Why?

 

I don’t suggest asking all of these in one night. They should be spread out over the week in my opinion. Plus, when talking with your family you can leave off the secondary “Why?” and “How?” line of questions, but I think that is where the meat of who they are and what they stand for really reveals itself. It is in these moments that we can listen and really learn who they are and who they will grow up to be. Enjoy your meal!

There are no happy accidents.

~Kim
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