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Small Talk Leads to Great Relationships

My family is very busy, running from sports to music lessons, doing homework, dinner, then bed.  Some nights the only time we have together is dinner.  Even on those nights we are still rushing through our meal just to get to another activity.   This may be the only time that I can sit and talk to my husband and kids about their day.

Small Talk

Asking a couple of questions at dinner can help make the conversation flow.  Parents tend to ask, “How was your day?”,  but many times kids don’t know how to answer or will just be silly.  They might say, “Fine.” or “Good.”.  We ask 2 simple questions at our house to get the conversation going.  

What was the BEST part of your day?

What was the WORST part of the day?

This usually gets the kids talking. They love telling us about the best, which could be they got to pick something out of the treasure box at school or they won the dodge ball game in gym. The worst could be that they fell on the playground and sometimes, the worst part of their day is eating my dinner (usually on a meal they don’t like).

Most the time they won’t answer with one word.  They love to share and explain why it was the best or worst part.   If they don’t elaborate, you have some information now and can ask questions.    I was really surprised when my other kids were asking questions too.  They love what Mom and Dad have to say about their day.  This is a really simple and fun way to start a conversation at the dinner table and get the whole family involved.  And maybe discover something about your children that maybe you didn’t know.  

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chellie

Friday 9th of October 2015

I loved reading this a second time Holly. Thanks for linking it up to From the Archives Friday!!

Carolin

Sunday 22nd of March 2015

Talking is so important. People always underestimate it...

Thanks for linking up with our Parenting Pin It Party x

Jenn

Sunday 22nd of March 2015

We do this, too, and on the few nights dinner is staggered because of schedules, the Hubs and I "play" it at bedtime with each child as we tuck them in.

The bonus bit of the "worst part of your day" is that quite often they will tell you something that happened that maybe they wouldn't offer voluntarily. It's like they are given permission to talk about something bothering them that a "what's wrong?" does not.

We also love the box of questions sold by American Girl (they are not gender specific, whic is awesome).

Janine Halloran

Wednesday 18th of March 2015

Sometimes we ask really silly questions and our kids love that. Like if you could have any superhero power, what would it be and why. We answer too, and they think it's hilarious. So much fun!

Holly

Wednesday 18th of March 2015

Fun! I'll have to try that one.

Ashley Tukiainen

Tuesday 17th of March 2015

Great tips, I love how you're specific about exactly what to say