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 listening 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:
- What are three things you enjoyed doing this summer?
- What is one thing you are looking forward to this fall?
- If you were a flavor of ice cream, what would it be and why?
- Who is a famous person you’d like to have lunch with and why?
- Which do you like better: summer or fall?
- What’s your favorite summer day activity?
- What’s your favorite fall activity?
- What was something exciting you experienced this summer?
- What is something that you are afraid to do but would like to work up the courage to do?
- Are you a “cup is half full” or “cup is half empty” kind of person?
- What book did you read this summer that you would recommend?
- Fall is a good time for sitting around an outdoor fire. Would you rather roast marshmallows or hot dogs?
- What will you miss about summer?
- What fall tradition do you look forward to?
- What is/was your favorite subject in school?
- 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!)
- Do you prefer sunrises or sunsets?
- How did you bless someone this summer? What is something you’d like to do for someone this fall?
- What would make a good Halloween costume this year?
- 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.