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.