Sunday, August 8, 2010

Family Questions

Well, we're back from our trek across the country!  I will tell you about all the fun we had on our trip later this week, we ended up visiting 8 different states!!

Today I wanted to share with you a fun idea for getting your family talking around the dinner table.  I don't know about you, but I married a "strong, silent type" guy.  My hubby is a true introvert, and truth be told I'm pretty introverted as well.  I am always looking out for little tricks to make dinner more than just a time to eat.  At my MOPS group's spring tea last year, the Mentor Moms gave jars full of questions to each of us.  They have been a lot of fun to use at dinnertime!  The jar was decorated very simply with a ribbon an a sticker that says "Family Questions." 

How it works: someone chooses a question and reads it aloud.  Then, everyone at the table answers.  Even E at 2 1/2 gets in on the action.  When we sit down at the dinner table, she often says "Want to ask a question!" right away.  Here are some examples of questions you might use to make your own Family Question Jar.

* What is the happiest day of your life so far?
* Things you dream about.
* What is your favorite sport to watch?  Why?
* What's the most exciting adventure you've had in your life?
* What is your most favorite meal of all time?
* Name 3 things the person to your left does that make you happy.
* What is your least favorite vegetable?  Why?
* Tell about something special that you own.
* What have you learned about being a friend?
* If you could live on any planet which would you pick?
* What does the person to your right do that tells you they love you?
* If you could be a character in a book, who would you be?
* What is love?  What does it look like?
* Have you ever been lonely?  What did you do about it?
* If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
* Have you ever been blamed for something you didn't do?
* What is your favorite holiday?  Why?
* Things that take courage.
* If you could make a new animal what would it look like?
* What is the bravest thing you've ever done?
* Things you hope you can still do when you're 85
* Things people like about you.
* What is your favorite song?  Sing it!
* What is (was) your favorite bedtime story?  Tell about it.
* What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
* List 5 things you would like to do this year.
* Things you would do with a million dollars.
* What is the most important thing that you do?
* If you could be any animal, what would it be?
* Name 3 friends and tell something about them.
* What kind of job would you like to have?  Why?

As you can see, some of these are more for kids, some are more for older kids/adults.  I simplify some of them for E, and Hubby and I have to answer them, too. I hope you get some use out of these for your family as well!  Feel free to add your favorite conversation starter question in the comments.

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