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Family Dinner Questions.

By How Does She
"How Does She?" is a website created by women, for women to share their talents and support and empower motherhood and womanhood. This post was written by Annie Iverson, a guest blogger from "How Does She? "
glass jar with questions on pieces of paper

Family dinner: one of the most important times of the day. Research has shown that a family who eats dinner together will benefit in so many ways. Some of these benefits include more positive communication with each other, better grades in school, healthier meals and healthier kids (and moms and dads), stress relief, saves money, and so on. The list goes on.

a young girl at the dinner table

I’m totally aware that family dinners are important. I make a strong effort to have them each night. But I have found it takes extra effort to make it an enjoyable family activity. Sometimes it falls short and plays out like this:

I ask my husband, “How was work?”

He replies, “Good. How was your day?”

I reply, “Busy, but good.”

I have no idea what he really did at work that day, and unless he offers that information to me, I usually don’t find out. It is so easy to get distracted by the kids and everything going on that I forget to have a solid conversation.

Same story with the kids. When I ask them how school was, I usually get a one-word answer. Then we get distracted because of something someone is doing or saying. I find myself telling them to stop fighting, stop playing with your food, have good manners, stop touching your sisters, etc. By the end of dinner I’m discouraged, tired, and want to go to bed.

This wasn’t working. We weren’t communicating and talking with each other. Families are so important, and we believe strongly in the family. We’ve always strived to bring the family closer together and to remember how important we are to each other. To learn more about the importance of family and how I feel about it, visit here.

Valuable time was going to waste each night. So, to make the dinner experience better, we now use Family Dinner Questions. We have a jar with a bunch of questions in it to ask each other. Each night at dinner we pull out a question and read it to the family. Some are silly and some are more serious. We take turns asking and answering the questions.

Now our dinners are often filled with valuable conversations, giggles, and learning about each other. As simple as the question jar is, it helps bring in a little bit of order to the dinner table. Since we’ve started this, the children are more eager to take turns and more eager to listen to each other. We’ve laughed together and learned a lot about each other. For us, it’s really helping make our dinnertime together more enjoyable and meaningful.

glass jar with questions on pieces of paper

Here are three PDF pages of questions you can use to get your own family talking and sharing tonight: one, two, three. There is also a colorful version you can get here. Print them off, cut them into strips, and stick them in a jar. When dinnertime rolls around, get ready to laugh and learn a thing or two about the members of your family. Just one little step to help make your family dinner more meaningful.

Learn more about how to strengthen your family.

"How Does She?" is a website created by women, for women to share their talents and support and empower motherhood and womanhood. This post was written by Annie Iverson, a guest blogger from "How Does She? "

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