|My family - fall 2012|
2. Start a make-believe story and have everyone add to it. I am sure you have seen those movie clips or even done it when you were spending time with friends. One person starts a story and then each person gets to add to it when their turn comes. It can be a fun way for the creative juices to flow and will also give the smallest guys something to listen to while they eat. And my little guys always eat better and stay at the table longer when they are engaged and have something to focus on.
3. Play a Bible review game. We often use dinner time to review Bible lessons, Bible facts, memory verses or even Godly character lessons with our children. The Bible commands us to train our children and what better time to pour into their lives the Word of God than when they are all seated and "captive" already.
4. Create a basket of questions that can help get the words flowing on those nights that no one seems to have anything to say. Some of the questions we routinely use are -
- What is your favorite color?
- What is your favorite Bible person?
- Who are you praying for right now and why?
- What is the best book you have read lately?
- If you could pick what our family did one day together what would it be? This has led to some great ideas/plans for upcoming family outings.
Sometimes even dinner table conversations can't
keep a sleepy toddler awake!
6. Use a printable tool to help. There are several great printable tools out there that would be a fun change to choosing the dinner time conversation. You can check out my Pinterest Board HERE with lots of great ideas and free printables and seasonal and holiday themed ideas to get you started.
But most of the time we all enjoy our dinner time together.
I hope that this has encouraged you to start making family dinner time a priority in your home. And to make it more than just an obligation for your family, start some fun conversations to get to know your children more and to help keep those lines of communication open for the years to come.
Written by Happily Domestic contributor - Amanda Sikes