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Family Dinner Conversation Starters for School Nights

Family dinner conversations can be fun, exciting, and even insightful. But how do you make it happen every night? Here are a few dinner conversation starters designed to get the whole family talking and laughing.

Family Dinner Conversation Starters for School Nights

Between after-school activities, homework, and chores, supper time might feel more like sleepy time. But the dinner table is the perfect opportunity to reconnect, share stories from the day, and laugh out loud together. Instead of asking "How was school?" start with more open-ended questions. Try these unique dinner conversation starters to spice up your meal.

What was the best thing that happened to you today, and what one thing could you have done better?

Too often, we get caught up in complaining about our day. But something good happens each and every day! Ask each person to share what they most enjoyed that day. Or something that made them laugh! 

Then, have them share one thing that didn't go quite so well. Being able to talk about frustrations and then imagine how they could have handled it differently teaches personal empowerment! 

What family tradition do you like best and why?

All families have cherished rituals, like decorating for the holidays or vacationing at the beach. But which ones are most important to each family member? This is a great way to learn which traditions are most meaningful in your home and why they're special to each unique loved one.

If you had a time machine, what era would you visit and why?

Want to make history everyone's favorite subject? Use this fun what-if to bring the past (or future) to life by discussing the day-to-day pros and cons of different eras. 

Outside of the people at this table, can you name one person you’re thankful for and explain why?

Gratitude is an important key to happiness. Asking this question not only establishes it as a family value, but it also sheds light on how different people influence your family members. The answers might surprise you! 

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do?

If your family enjoys travel, this chat could lead to your next trip! It's an eye-opening way to unearth people's interests, dreams, how they like to spend time, and most importantly — what brings them joy. It's also a great way to kick off a family bucket list of goals and destinations. 

Whichever conversation starter you choose, have fun with it! You could go around the table and have everyone answer the same question. Or write the questions on individual slips of paper, toss them in a bowl, and have everyone draw one and answer it. The point is to get people talking and sharing. If you want to bring your family closer together, keep dinner time light-hearted and full of laughs so everyone looks forward to it!