Families use good listening skills and add to the conversation
by donR March 6th 2016
The Family Dinner Project website has “tons of conversation starters” appropriate for any age level and on a variety of topics. These prompts can be written on cards and shared during the family dinner. This is just one of their many strategies for promoting thoughtful conversation and this is the easy part. Yes, I repeat: “Starting a conversation is easy” …compared to “Carrying On A Meaningful Conversation.” Read more about how to keep a conversation going. Continue reading
The right questions at the dinner table can inspire conversation and build positive relationships between family members.
Anil Gupta suggests five questions be posed at the dinner table. These conversation starters are non-threatening and everyone can contribute to the conversation. Anil’s workshops focus on building relationships which is important as the family sits around the dinner table. Continue reading
Need a source for witty, probing, interesting, challenging, , funny, intuitive, and totally age-appropriate conversation starters? No, you don’t need to find a toastmaster book at Barnes & Nobel. All you need to do is click on this link to The Family Dinners Project and you will find enough material to keep your family engaged in meaningful conversation for years to come. Continue reading
The Sit-Down Meal: Resources by Don R
Where is the best place to go for more information about sit-down family meals? You may as well go to the group that is at the forefront when researching how families benefit from sitting down together during mealtime. Continue reading
Pleasant conversation at meal time is important.
Conversation Starters II
Sit-down meals with nurturing conversation help children learn and practice positive life skills. The Promoting Family Meals Project out of Purdue University has conducted studies that support this conclusion. Continue reading
Table Talk Do’s and Don’ts.
Open conversation is important during a sit-down meal.
Lots of recent studies have shown that children who engage in meaningful talks during a sit-down family dinner grow to become well-adjusted citizens. But some find it difficult to talk openly with others, especially the teens I have worked with.
Someone told me years ago, “It takes different kinds of people to make ‘people.'” Some are outgoing, others withdrawn, bold or reserved. There are many who prefer to just listen and let others dominate every conversation. Everyone is different. But at the dinner table, there are some strategies that help stir conversation. Continue reading