One sure fire way to get everyone talking at dinner is to ask about their day. The trick is not to ask yes, no or fine questions. My favorite thing that I did growing up and that we do at our house is to let everyone tell what the best part of their day was. It keeps the mood positive. I also try to keep a mental note of things like spelling tests, class parties, and field trips so I can ask specifically about those things. I think it’s also fun for the kids to hear about the best of our day as well. It might be that I had lunch with a friend or got a problem solved, but no matter what – it’s sharing.
Other good starters might be:
- Tell me about that book you reading.
- How about that new movie about … coming out?
- What did you have for lunch?
- Who did you sit with at lunch?
- Who did you play with at recess?
My kids prefer these types of questions over hypothetical ones such as…
If you could be a celebrity, who would you be and why?
Those might work at your house, but my kids look at me like I’m crazy. We prefer a more natural line of questioning. I also am sincerely interested in hearing what they had for lunch or who they played with.
So use these tips to get your family chatting around the table.