With summer here, we've been spending time at the family cottage. Conversation was pretty quiet today at lunch so I took a look online for some conversation starters. I'm not sure how this will be received tonight at dinner by my in-laws, but here are a few resources that could come in handy if I work up the courage.
[above image] Spin this handy cutout wheel (assembly instructions included) from Real Simple for conversation starters that they guarantee will perk up your dinnertime conversation.
Conversation Starters from Aha Parenting has 100 ideas for questions to ask your kids, so that everyone can get to know each other better. The questions especially get into topics relating to values and life, going a little deeper than some of the other questions that I found online.
These conversation starters from Family.com, the Disney site, are a fun and a little lighter than the ones from Aha Parenting.
If you want to spend a little money on conversation starters, our family has a box of these Table Topics. Ours is all about food, but this one on Amazon.com is a family version that looks like fun.
I definitely think it's worthwhile being intentional about conversation around the dinner table. After all, life moves at a blinding pace and dinner is the one time that we pause and spend time together. Whether we choose to ask the fun questions or go a little deeper, the effort to enjoy being together counts for a lot!