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25 Dinner-Table Questions for Kids

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What will your family talk about tonight?

By Tina Bushman

When was the last time you had dinner as a family? And what did you talk about?

Researchers have consistently found that children who share a meal with their parents not only eat healthier, but have better grades and a more supportive group of friends. They are less likely to be on drugs, depressed or in trouble with the law. Eating together as a family creates unity and trust, builds confidence against peer pressure and establishes expectations and values.

Parents, are you making the most of this time?

As children get older and family life gets more and more busy, there can be many distractions that take away from having dinner together as family. Wise parents will make it a priority and use this opportunity to connect with their children, establishing healthy communication and teaching values. However, getting children, especially teens, to talk can be a challenge, making it daunting to start a family discussion. The trick, I believe, is in the question.

Here are 25 questions to ignite some more meaningful family discussions.

  1. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  2. If you could travel back in time, what time would you visit?
  3. Why is wearing a seat belt in the car important?
  4. What would you do if you found out your closest friend was using drugs?
  5. What is one goal you have?
  6. What are some good ways to overcome feeling sad?
  7. Where is our family meeting place in case of fire?
  8. If you could have any pet, which would you chose?
  9. What would you do to make the world a better place?
  10. What is the Golden Rule?
  11. How would you most enjoy spending your birthday?
  12. When should you call 911?
  13. What is the last dream you remember?
  14. What makes someone a good friend?
  15. What is your favorite subject in school?
  16. If you were given a million dollars to give away, what kind of organization would you give to?
  17. What is the hardest work you have ever done?
  18. What is your favorite dessert?
  19. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
  20. What is your favorite part of the day?
  21. Have you ever stuck up for someone being picked on?
  22. What are some of our family’s traditions?
  23. What should you do if an adult politely asks you to help him find a lost pet?
  24. What is something you did to help someone today?
  25. What is the best part of being a part of our family?

Remember this beloved Mr. Rogers quote when asking your family questions: “One of the most essential ways of saying ‘I love you’ is by being a receptive listener."

When children develop a pattern of sharing ideas and opinions in a safe environment, they will feel comfortable coming to their parents in times of need. Sharing a meal — whether it's takeout pizza or a homemade casserole — gives families a chance to bond and connect despite their hectic schedules and provides the perfect time to get your family talking.

What questions do you like to ask your kids?

Tina and John Bushman are the parents of five children and authors of Table Talk: Hundreds of Questions and Quotes to Start Great Family Discussions on Patriotism, Values, Fun and Faith.

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