In my opinion, there’s no better place where memories can be made than around the family dinner table. It’s potentially one of the easiest ways for parents to invest in their children, especially when they’re intentional about it.
There’s just something very special and bonding about gathering together around food, holding hands to pray, and then connecting with each other’s hearts and lives through real-life conversation.
I’d encourage you as a parent to fight for eating around the dinner table daily as a family over the next week. As you do, here are some conversation starters to start using tonight with your kids that will help you engage in some healthy and enjoyable discussion.
As you discuss these, be prepared to facilitate the conversation in a direction that fosters a heart for God and serving others.
If you could be like someone you’ve personally met (other than someone in our immediate family), who would it be? Why?
Explain in detail . . . what was the best thing and/or the worst thing that happened to you today?
Tell one kind thing someone did for you today. Name one kind thing you did for someone else. How did either one make you feel?
Name one of your favorite superheroes and tell us what we can learn about God’s supernatural power from them. (Remind them that while superheroes are fun, true supernatural powers belong to God.)
What is the one characteristic of Jesus that you are working on developing the most in your life right now (or need to currently work on the most)?
Pick one person around the table and find things about them to brag on for 30 seconds straight. (Use a timer and once chosen, a person can’t be picked again. This ensures that everyone gets to have their strengths praised.)
What was the one thing you remember most that you learned about from church today? How did God speak to your heart through that?
While I know it’s unlikely that many of us will sit at the dinner table as a family seven days in a row, try to get in as many days as possible this week. And add these questions not only to your “dinner table toolbox,” but to your daily routine as needed.
I hope that you’ll take the challenge to fight the enemies of your family dinner table this week. I know that you’ll enjoy the conversations, laughter, and memories that will be made around your table and in your hearts.