“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” 10 Proverbs 22:6
The Importance of Family Dinner
Family dinner is so important. It’s a time to decompress, make connections, and increase the family bond. If this is not something your family is in the habit of doing, we encourage you to make the time.
According to the website “Beloved Heart,” children who eat meals with their family on a regular basis:
- have fewer behavior problems in school and are significantly less likely to get involved with drugs, alcohol, and early sexual behavior;
- are significantly more likely to have a healthy balanced diet and less likely to be overweight;
- are likely to have higher test scores relative to the amount of time spent with family;
- have higher communication skills and greater vocabulary;
- teenage girls are particularly less likely to suffer from depression or attempt suicide, and less prone to develop eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia
11 Conversation Starters
Starting a conversation with children who are not used to family dinner can be difficult and awkward. But, don’t give up! Make the time, work together, and enjoy each other’s company.
Try some of these starters for great family conversations. Make sure parents participate, too!
- If you had a million dollars, what would you spend it on?
- If you could only keep one of your toys, what would it be?
- Name 3 things you are thankful to have.
- Describe yourself using 3 words.
- If you could choose a new name, what would it be?
- If you could receive something for free for the rest of your life, what would it be?
- Give someone at the table a compliment.
- What would your perfect day look like from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep?
- Would you rather be able to fly or to breathe underwater? Why?
- Tell a joke, riddle or funny story.
- What do you think is something special about our family?