In my opinion, there’s no better place in life where more or better memories are made than around the family dinner table.
There’s just something very special and bonding about gathering together around food, holding hands to pray, thanking God together as a family, and then connecting with each other’s hearts and lives through real life conversation.
I would encourage you as a parent to fight for eating around the dinner table together daily as a family over the next week. As you do, here are 7 conversation starters you can start using tonight with your kids that will help you engage in some healthy and enjoyable discussion.
Ask one of these questions or statements at each meal and be prepared to facilitate the conversation in a direction that fosters a heart for God and serving others.
1 – MONDAY
If you could be like someone you have met (other than someone in our immediate family), who would it be and why?
2 – TUESDAY
Explain in detail what was the best thing or your favorite thing that happened to you today.
3 – WEDNESDAY
Tell one kind thing someone did for you today. Name one kind thing you did for someone else. How did either one make you feel?
4 – THURSDAY
Name one of your favorite superheroes and tell us what we can learn about God’s supernatural power from them. (remind them that while superheroes are fun, only God truly possesses supernatural powers)
5 – FRIDAY
What is the one characteristic of Jesus that you are working on developing the most in your life right now (or need to currently work on the most)?
6 – SATURDAY
Pick one person around the table and find things about them to brag on for 60 seconds straight. (use a timer and once a person has been chosen, they can’t be picked again by someone else. This ensures that everyone gets to have their strengths praised.)
7 – SUNDAY
What was the one thing you remember most that you learned about in church today?
I hope that you’ll take the challenge to fight the enemies of your family dinner table this week, and that you’ll enjoy conversations, the laughter, and the memories that will naturally be made around your table as your hearts are knit together.
If you take the challenge, reach out to me next week and let me know how it goes.
If you have other ideas for how you engage around your family dinner table, please share in the comments. Let’s learn from each other!