We have made the effort to eat dinner together regularly as a family since Immy was small. It doesn’t happen every night but, for us dinner works better than any other meal, at least during the week.
For the longest time our dinnertime conversation started with Immy asking, “How many meetings did you have at work today, Daddy?” She was much more curious about her father’s day thanks to having actually spent the day with me herself!
But since starting kindy we have started to hear a lot more about her day, which is something that I hope continues on as she grows.
Reflecting on the idea of meal time conversations, I asked friends of the Childhood 101 Facebook page to share their conversation starters for family meals. Here are their responses;
- We have a dinner microphone (pretend of course) and you have to take the microphone and talk about your day and what you did.
- My Dad used to always ask us ‘What did you learn today?’ and he wouldn’t accept cheap answers like ‘Nothing’!
- Mostly I’ll ask the kids in turn about the best thing in their day…with 4 of them around the table + us that’s usually enough of a conversation starter to last the whole meal 🙂 we’ll springboard topics from there.
- Share the high and low point of the day (or best and not so great), an idea I first saw portrayed and really liked in the Bruce Willis movie, The Story of Us.
- At dinner time I really try hard to tell my 3yo what it was that I enjoyed about him/doing with him during the day. It’s a good conversation starter and reaffirms for him that no matter how rushed or cranky I am, ultimately I adore him and it helps him to unpack some of his day so he doesn’t have to do all that processing when it’s sleep time (and thus take HOURS to fall asleep).
- How much does it cost? Electricity or to make a book, etc. We talk about the process which turns into a history lesson and financial literacy discussion.
- What’s everyone’s favorite word for the day?
- What was something that made you smile today?
- What 3 things are you thankful for today?
- What’s the most interesting thing from your day?
- What happened that was special in your day?
If you would like more ideas for getting your kids talking, be sure to check out our printable family conversation cards, this fun Would You Rather conversation game and our tween conversation starters.