Dinnertime is the part of the day when everyone’s schedules finally align. It’s a golden opportunity in our busy lives to catch up and strengthen relationships. But sometimes, as much as you try to strike up a discussion with your kids, you hear only one-word answers. This is completely normal. One tip for families — ask some deeper dinner table questions where everybody gets to participate.
Switch off the TV, put away the smartphones and spark a meaningful dinner conversation with this list of 25 questions to get you started. You can write these topics on slips of paper and draw them from a jar, or put them down on note cards and shuffle them into a stack. Try to fit in at least one of these conversation starters at the dinner table every time you sit down together!
- If you were going to live on a deserted island for a year and only allowed to bring three personal items with you, what would they be?
- What’s your favorite smell? Does it remind you of any good memories?
- How would you spend a million dollars if you could?
- Would you rather not hear or not see?
- Is there extraterrestrial life on other planets? What do you think they might look like?
- What’s the most recent joke you heard?
- What did you do with your friends today?
- What were two great things that happened today, and one not-so-great?
- What superpower would you have for life and how would you use it for good?
- If you could work in any career for one week, what would it be?
- What’s your favorite song on the radio at the moment and why?
- How would you describe a good friend?
- What’s your favorite family activity we do together and why?
- What’s the earliest memory you have?
- What’s one talent you have that you’re really proud of?
- If you could pick a different name for yourself, what would it be?
- If you could go back to any time period, when would it be? Would there be any historical people you’d want to meet?
- What are you planning to do after dinner tonight?
- What do you think is your lucky number and why?
- What’s the best gift you could give to someone?
- If you won a vacation to anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go?
- How did you meet your best friend?
- If there was one type of cuisine you had to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
- What’s one thing you hope will never change?
- If you could write the next great bestselling book, what would it be about?
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