For many modern families, the old custom of sitting around the dinner table and catching up on each other’s day has been abandoned. In the face of work deadlines, football training, piano lessons, housework and other commitment this simple communal pleasure is often overlooked.
It is important, however, that we create these opportunities as often as possible. The benefits, as you’ll read in the article below, are too significant to ignore.
Time aside, the other challenge many parents face at meal times is getting their children to contribute to conversations. So, what are some questions that might get them talking? We’ve compiled this list for a little inspiration.
- If you could invite anyone in the world to dinner, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
- If you had a time machine, what year would you travel back to and why?
- What one modern luxury could you not live without?
- If you were the Prime Minister for a day, what three things would you do?
- How can we be more environmentally friendly around the house?
- What can be done to help the issue of youth homelessness in Australia?
- What was your favourite family holiday?
- What was the most important day of your life?
- What is your first childhood memory?
To ensure the spotlight is shared around and parents aren’t always dictating proceedings, it can be a good idea to have one family member ‘in charge’. Rotating each mealtime, this person chooses the topics for discussion and makes sure everyone is getting involved.
Check out the article, ‘The 5 Benefits — and a Few Risks — of Eating Together at the Dinner Table’, and learn more about the magic of family meals.