I have a confession to make.
We have been known to eat dinner while watching TV.
Even worse, some days we eat dinner while Jon and I watch our favorite TV show, and Emily watches her favorite show on the iPad.
Oh, the shame!!
But seriously, it’s not my favorite thing. Growing up, my family always talked around the dinner table. I’m convinced that it was a large contributing factor to our closeness as a family. I remember laughing around the table, talking about life, and growing as a family. I loved that.
I want that for my own family.
So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and outlaw TV during dinner. Even so, we needed a little help in the conversation department.
Enter my table talk jar:
It’s a plain old Ball jar, fancied up with a little bit of tulle. And filled with popsicle sticks that I wrote questions on. Questions like “What would you do if you found $100?” and “What’s your earliest childhood memory?”
You guys. It’s so much fun.
We are talking and laughing and loving it. And Emily joins right on in, even when she has no clue what’s going on.
She knows we’re happy, and that’s all that matters.
How about you? Do you need some help getting conversations started around the table? Here’s how you can make your own Table Talk Jar:
1. Get a jar.
2. Get some popsicle sticks. Or paper (but sticks are way more fun).
3. Go to one of these awesome websites to find questions. (You didn’t think I came up with the questions myself, did you? I am not that cool. These blogs are though.)
Beauty and Bedlam
Skip To My Lou
How Does She?
The Family Dinner Project
4. Write questions on sticks.
5. Put sticks in jar.
6. Put jar on table.
7. Choose stick from jar when eating.
8. Ask family question from stick.
9. Enjoy rowdy conversation and laughter!
It’s not hard, and it’s super worth it.
Is this something you might use in your own house? How do you cultivate family conversation?
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