My favorite event every day is our nightly family dinner conversation. It’s one of the few opportunities we have to catch up with one another.
The older my kids get, the faster time seems to be going. The years are whipping by and it seems like mere moments before I’m faced with an empty nest
Between work, school, church, sports, and other family obligations, family together time is pretty limited. For this reason, I cherish our family dinner time because it is the one time of day where we are all together.
Family Dinner Conversation Ideas
A few years ago, we started a dinner ritual of taking turns telling everyone the best and worst parts of our day. Whoever said the dinner prayer would choose the first person and after that person answered, he or she would pick the next person.
I love this tradition because it gives me a peek into each of the kids’ days and personalities (and my husband’s), while providing them an opportunity to unload anything that was troubling them about their day.
Not long after we began this new tradition, one of the kids asked if they could ask a question rather than have the next person list their good and bad parts of their day. The rest of us figured it would be fun to change things up a little so we agreed to give it a try. This twist made everything about our little dinner game even better!
Based on the questions the kids asked, we got a better view of their interests and an appreciation for their creativity. From the kids’ perspective, I think they all enjoy having the spotlight for at least a few minutes each night when everyone listens to their answers.
Family Dinner Conversation Questions
If you aren’t already doing this with your family, here are some suggestions of questions you can use to kick off the dinner conversation:
- What was the best part of your day?
- What was the worst part of your day?
- What was the funniest part of your day?
- What are you most looking forward to tomorrow?
- What is your favorite school memory?
- What is your favorite vacation memory?
- What is your favorite holiday memory?
- What is your favorite dinner?
- What was the best present you’ve ever received and why?
- What do you want to be when you grow up? (For parents: What did you think you would be when you grew up?)
- Tell a story from when you were 4 years old.
- If you could have any super power, what would you choose and why?
- If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
- If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
- What 3 things are you most thankful for?
- If you had one wish, what would you wish for (and it can’t be more wishes)?
- What do you like most about each person in the family?
This is just a list to get you started. I promise you that once you let your kids start choosing the questions, you won’t run the risk of running out of topics.
More Family Dinner Conversation Ideas
After years of doing the questions, we found ourselves doing repeats. That’s when I picked up a box of TABLETOPICS. These are cute little boxes that you keep on the table right next to your salt and pepper. The box is filled with questions to jump start your dinner conversation.
And with over a dozen boxes to choose from, there’s no risk of us running out of questions any time soon!
They even have a wide selection of To Go packs so you can take them with you when you eat out.
Similar to TABLETOPICS, Chat Packs are filled with dinner conversation topic ideas. They also come in a variety of categories so you can choose the ones that are most appropriate for your family.
On a recent trip to Chick-fil-A we got a mini pack of Dinner Games in a kids’ meal. It was full of a variety of game ideas we could play at the dinner table.
There were several cards in the mini pack, but eventually we ran out. I was thrilled when I found out you could buy a full set!
The games are divided into different topics:
- Creative and Critical Thinking
- Expressive Language & Listening
- Just For Fun
- Memory Games
- Phonics & Vocabulary
- Silly Games
- Social Skills
All of the games we’ve played have been fun so we don’t really pay attention to the categories. We just try not to do two in a row from the same category to change up the type of activity from night to night.
FREE Family Dinner Conversation Starters
Don’t worry, if you don’t want to buy dinner conversation starters, there are plenty you can get for FREE!
I hope these ideas and resources make your family dinner conversations more rewarding.