KEEP IT FUN AND FLOWING

  • Turn off the TV (unless we’re landing on Mars or something). And no cell phones or video games at the table.
  • Fill a container with conversation starters like:

What do kids know more about than adults?
If you could have any view from your bedroom window, what would it be? What’s the scariest thing that’s ever happened to you?
Pick out a question and have everyone answer it.

  • Set expectations. For example, “We’re all staying at the table until everyone’s finished.”
  • Keep it light.
  • Avoid questions that can be answered, “Yes” or “No.” “Did you learn anything at school today?” “Did you go to soccer practice?” “Is that a real tattoo?”

MEALTIME CONVERSATION STARTERS FOR:

Kids up to 5

  • What made you feel happy today?
  • What was the weather like today?
  • Which foods on the table are crunchy (or sweet or spicy)?
  • How do you think the belly button got its name?
  • If snow fell in a flavor, what would you want it to be?

Kids 6 to 11

  • What’s the hardest thing that you did today?
  • If you could change anything that happened today, what would it be?
  • Who did you sit by today at lunch (or on the bus)?
  • What would you like to invent?
  • How do you know when you’re grown up?

Kids 12 and up

  • What’s your newest favorite tune?
  • What would you like to change at your school?
  • What do kids know more about than adults?
  • Teach us something you learned today that you don’t think we know.
  • Who has it easier—guys or girls?