As a young family, we almost always had dinner together every night at the dining room table. (At least until baseball, basketball, and drama intervened.) I know now what a luxury it was that our schedules allowed this and how lucky we were to be together every night. To get the conversation going my husband and I used to ask, “What was the funniest thing that happened to you today?” And each of us had to answer – it was a great positive way to share our days and experiences. Our kids definitely were inspired to share. Here are some other ideas that I came across today:
- What was the best thing that happened at school today?
- Tell me something that made you laugh today.
- Where is the coolest place at the school?
- Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said.)
- If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed someone up, who would you want them to take? Why?
- Where do you play the most in the playground?
- Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?
- If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?
- Tell me about three different times you used markers today at school.
Even now when my 27 and 31 year old kids come home, the first thing they want is to have family dinner. It is so affirming to have them ask for something we created and sustained so long ago. Our family dinners now happen about 4 times a year when we can put all four of our working schedules together either in Massachusetts, California or New York (where they live), but they are still full of sharing, laughter and connections. Here is a great resource to kickstart your family dinners!