Why are so many memories centered around food? Is it because one of the primal instincts to eat is more enjoyable when shared in the company of others? I’m not sure. I just know some of my favorite parts of the day are spent sitting around the dinner table eating a meal with my family.
While we never lack for things to say in our family (we are quite verbose) sometimes it nice to do something a bit different and have a discussion focused on a particular topic. It’s a non threatening way to discuss in more detail areas we see our children need to work on. Since one area we are focused on this month is gratitude I created these dinner conversation starters to get us talking more about what we are thankful for at the end of each day. Questions and prompts range from “List three things you are thankful for today” to “What is your favorite thing to do as a family?”
Having these kinds of conversations can be quite eye opening. We learn a lot about what our children really want and enjoy. You’ll find that many times it is experiences not material goods that they appreciate.
There is inspired wisdom in this advice to parents: what your children really want for dinner is you. ~Dallin H. Oaks~
To make your own dinner conversation starters jar simple download and print the prompts. Cut out the strips, fold each in half, and place them into a quart size jar.
If you’d like a bit more decoration I also created a label for the jar. Print it, cut it out, roll up and slip inside the jar.
Unroll it pressing it up against the sides of the jar so you can see it. Then add the dinner conversation starters strips.