Our dinners consist of the same conversation topic starter, which is started by my beautiful three and a half year old each night as soon as our bottoms hit the chair.
“Tell us about your day, daddy.”
And off we go, describing our daily adventures.
As you know, finding time to spend with the entire family during the week is a difficult task. My husband often works late. I will begin a class next year. We take yoga and go to the gym. So, dinnertime is often our only chance to actually ‘get together’ during the day, and sometimes it is tough at that time of night to actually think about things to talk about.
Of course, for now we do well, and that topic lasts at least ten minutes. After that, though, we sometimes run out of things to say.
Julienne Smith found that she was having the same problem and so she set out to change that. She began by writing down dinner conversation topic starters, thought provokng topics to get her family talking.
She has turned those initial scribblings into a recipe box filled with 200 conversation starters. Food for Talk is available through Amazon for just $12.50 and provides families with wonderful conversation ideas such as when you make a decision do you go through facts or feelings and, for the little ones at the table, what do you want to be when you grow up. Parents then explain what they wanted to be when they grew up.
Research conducted by the University of Michigan found that dinner time is more important than other activities the children will attend, such as school, church and playing sports.
If you are having a tough time thinking about things to talk about as you sit around the dinner table, check out Food for Talk.