Meal times are a great opportunity to reconnect with your family and I found a fun way to get silly and some serious conversations rolling. At every dinner, my 8 year old son, tries to bring the ipad to the table and every time I tell him, no electronics at the dinner table! Families should take advantage of this time to talk about their day, their feelings and goals. If you’re anything like us, the questions sorta become monotonous and coming up with unique conversation starters on the spot are not as easy as it sounds. I found this cute game, that can easily be replicated, called TABLETOPICS. Each family member takes turns picking a card, reads the question and everyone takes turns answering it. The advantage of creating your own set of questions, is that you can make it more personable. This is a great way to get to know your children better and see what exactly is going through their minds. Not to mention is a great conversation starter for some important life lessons. Since my son is still young, I created easier and more relevant questions for his age. All I did was cut up a deck of index cards and wrote questions on each one. At dinner time, bring out the stack of cards and start talking!
Here are some examples of questions I wrote down:
- What makes you smile? List 5 things
- Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?
- What gets you excited about life?
- What do you wish you spent more time doing?
- What is one thing you hope to do this year?
- What is your greatest skill?
- who do you trust and why?
- What makes you proud?
- What can money NOT buy?
- What is your definition of success?
- If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
- What do you have that you can not live without?
- Name one favorite memory.
- which is worse, failing or never trying? Why?
I also found a pdf online with a bunch of other questions here.
Let us know how it goes! Happy talking!