Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Table Talk Conversation Starters

I am always looking for good questions to ask people to keep conversations lively and meaningful. I think I need to have questions planned out ahead of time because I suffer from brain freeze. Not the kind you get from downing an iced skinny vanilla latte too quickly, but when you really want to get to know people better but you can't think of one word to say. 



Perhaps you don't suffer from this paralyzing infirmity, but you can still find yourself wishing for something to help make your conversation more meaningful and less of same old same old.


Now that we're into the school year and--hopefully--more of a schedule, you might like help taking your mealtime conversation beyond "What did you do in school today?"

(Hint: the answer is always "Nothing.")

Enter the conversation question. 



love Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagorbourg's creative conversation starters in Table Talk: Activity and Recipe Ideas for Bringing your Family Closer at Mealtime. Here are a few of my favorites:


What is your favorite room in our home? Why that room?

What is your favorite family tradition?

What famous person would you like to have as a guest at the table? What would you talk about?

Who has been your favorite teacher and why?

Ask a teenager in the family to read the lyrics of a favorite song from the CD wrapper and discuss it. How does music affect your life?

Devise a family plan for evacuating your home in an emergency.

Which of your friends’ parents do you respect most and why?

Who-Does-It-Belong-to-Night: Bring out a bag of out-of-place objects one by one. Who does it belong to? (Keep it light.) Does it work? Do you want to keep it? Then you may be excused to quickly put it away.

This could actually be fun! One day while my kids were all at school, I was fed up with their things all over the house and other things all over their rooms. I piled each child's things in the middle of their bedroom floor. When they got home I told them that before they could have their snack everything in their pile had to be put away in it's proper place. Somehow I made it lighthearted and they spent about 15 minutes laughing and making comments to each other while running around the house carrying things to where they belonged.

What characteristics do you see in yourself that came from Mom or Dad?

I hope this isn't an "Ouch!" question!

This book is worth having for the wit and wisdom, the recipes and the conversation starting topics. If you can get a hold of a copy, by all means do it. But even if you can't, now you have some questions to use around your table tonight.


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