Dinner is a special time families often set aside to share together. It can be easy for many families to slip into monotonous conversation that revolves around daily experiences, so it is important to take some time to plan conversation topics before dinner arrives. A bit of preparation will ensure that your family dinner is not only enjoyable, but exciting, as well. Avoid topics that are controversial or hurtful to relatives during mealtime; focus on fun, lighthearted conversation.
Daydream with your family about future family vacations and talk about previous trips you have shared together. Ask each family member to share her favorite vacation memory. Talk about embarrassing moments that happened on trips; don't be afraid to talk about the worst mishaps your family encountered during vacation.
Discuss not only newly released movies, but also older films your family has seen time after time. Talk about the best movies you've ever seen, as well as the worst movies. Discuss what makes a good movie and what your family members' favorite part about watching movies is.
Talk about friendships with your family. Ask open-ended questions, such as "What do you think makes a good friend?" or "What is the most important quality in a friend?" Talk about the most interesting activities to do with friends, how to maintain a friendship or how to tell if your friend is a good influence on you.
Word of the Day
Learn a new and interesting word each day and share it with your family at dinner. Take turns using the new word in a sentence and talking about its meaning. For added variety, assign each family member a day when it will be his turn to come up with the word.
Talk about new and interesting activities your family can try together. Ask each family member what activity he would like the family to do together. Encourage family members to go crazy and dream. Even if the idea is ridiculous or expensive or cannot logically be completed, don't be afraid to talk about things your family wants to do together. For example, maybe one of your children wants to go skydiving as a family. Another might want to go on an afternoon hike. Talk about the suggestions each person has made and, when realistic, try to find time to complete the activity.
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