Meaningful Mealtime Discussion: Conversation Starters for Family and Friends

Meaningful mealtime discussion is important for encouraging closer relationships and focusing on healthy fun together. I remember sitting at the dinner table as a little girl conversation starterslistening to my parents and older siblings engaging in lively conversation. Sometimes we’d sit at the table for a couple hours talking and sharing. I was too young to really participate in a lot of the discussion, but I distinctly remember being excited by the energetic and animated conversation.

When I had my own family, I was looking forward to the same kind of spirited and fun conversations. But even as I tried to guide it in that direction it seemed to fall flat. I finally found something that worked! I wrote questions on pieces of paper and put them in a basket. Each person drew a question. One person read the question and answered and then each person answered the same question. Then we moved on to the next person’s question.

Wow! It WORKED! I also tried it when I had a group of people over and we had so much fun sharing with each other. We found out so much about each other!

Summer is ending and lots of new fall happenings are beginning. This is a perfect time to use conversation starters to create meaningful mealtime discussion. Here are some ideas. Use these and make up some of your own!

Family or Friends:

  1. What are three things you enjoyed doing this summer?
  2. What is one thing you are looking forward to this fall?
  3. If you were a flavor of ice cream, what would it be and why?
  4. Who is a famous person you’d like to have lunch with and why?
  5. Which do you like better: summer or fall?
  6. What’s your favorite summer day activity?
  7. What’s your favorite fall activity?
  8. What was something exciting you experienced this summer?
  9. What is something that you are afraid to do but would like to work up the courage to do?
  10. Are you a “cup is half full” or “cup is half empty” kind of person?
  11. What book did you read this summer that you would recommend?
  12. Fall is a good time for sitting around an outdoor fire. Would you rather roast marshmallows or hot dogs?
  13. What will you miss about summer?
  14. What fall tradition do you look forward to?
  15. What is/was your favorite subject in school?
  16. What would you like to be when you grow up? (This always gets lots of laughter when asked adults, but it’s so fun to hear their answers!)
  17. Do you prefer sunrises or sunsets?
  18. How did you bless someone this summer? What is something you’d like to do for someone this fall?
  19. What would make a good Halloween costume this year?
  20. What is a great way to say good-bye to summer and hello to fall?

Use these discussion ideas with family and friends and enjoy the lively and animated conversation! Everyone will appreciate time together and sharing in a meaningful way.

Please share in the comments some ideas of meaningful mealtime discussion ideas.

 

 

Betsy Ringer

Betsy has had a long career that includes training supervisors and managers at a large health care facility, creating new departments in churches and speaking to a wide variety of audiences. Many have discovered their design through her training in Spiritual Gifts, Personality and Passion. She is the speaking specialist at iBloom and uses her many years of experience to mentor other women entrepreneurs. She has jeeped in deserts in Mexico, hiked to remote waterfalls, landed on a glacier in a helicopter, parasailed over whales and went white water rafting in Alaska. Her adventuresome spirit is contagious and you will certainly catch her zest for life.
About Betsy Ringer

Betsy has had a long career that includes training supervisors and managers at a large health care facility, creating new departments in churches and speaking to a wide variety of audiences. Many have discovered their design through her training in Spiritual Gifts, Personality and Passion. She is the speaking specialist at iBloom and uses her many years of experience to mentor other women entrepreneurs. She has jeeped in deserts in Mexico, hiked to remote waterfalls, landed on a glacier in a helicopter, parasailed over whales and went white water rafting in Alaska. Her adventuresome spirit is contagious and you will certainly catch her zest for life.

Comments

  1. What a great idea, Betsy!! I remember long conversations around the dinner table as well; Growing up on a farm, many of them were focused on that area of life; but there was always fun and laughter and togetherness. It’s something we need to bring back for sure!! Thanks for the ideas!

  2. Found these helpful to get some conversation started at my small group. Thanks.

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