If you are a parent or spouse then having good conversations at the dinner table is an important part of your relationship strategy, or it will be as soon as your kids begin to talk! Relationships are so important. Conversations at the dinner table can lead to great ways to connect with your family.
This whole conversation-with-a-purpose-of-connecting concept may be new to you. If so, that’s awesome! Learning how to ask meaningful questions is key to having great conversations at the dinner table.
Asking open-ended questions is a great way to get to know your family members better. Don’t give them the chance to mumble an uninterested “Yes” or “No”!
Here are a few questions to get you started:
1. Tell me something great that happened to you today. Once your loved one tells you about the event that took place, ask more questions! Questions are a great way to show that you are interested in their lives and in them.
2. What act of kindness did you witness or perform today? This gives you an opportunity to see into their love-language selves and learn what makes them tick. Speaking their love language is a win/win for everyone~
Here is a link to Gary Smally’s 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts and The 5 Love Languages of Children. Just so you know, those are affiliate links, meaning if you click on them and purchase the book, I get a commission, which helps keep this blog up and running.
3. What did you do today that you would like to be acknowledged for? So often we feel unappreciated at work or at school. Sharing these things with those you love allows for a time of validation to take place. That’s a great place to build a relationship!
4. What are you grateful for today? Gratitude is an amazing thing. It not only gives us the opportunity to express our appreciation to those we love, but it helps us get outside of ourselves and give to others. We then experience more fulfilling lives. Another win, right?
5. Are there conversations we need to have, or unresolved issues that we need to deal with? Staying current in our dealings with those we love is an important aspect if we are to experience loving, growing relationships.
As always, this is not an exhaustive list. These are just a few questions that will help you start good conversations that will build lasting relationships and good communication.
Do you have a conversation starter to add to the list?