45 Interesting Family Bonding Time Conversations for the Dinner Table

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Table Talk Conversation: The importance of family bonding time is tremendous. To make your family bonding time 10X better next time, here’s some amazing conversations to have.

One of the biggest frustrations we all hear from other parents is how do we get our kids to really open up?

I know you’re probably saying, “my kid always talks to me.”

But do they really share what’s going on inside their head?

How do we really get them to spill the beans with what’s on their mind?

What are their questions, worries, concerns? What friends are they doubting and how can we as parents get them to talk?

The fact is, the more family bonding time we have, the easier this becomes and one of the easiest ways to do this is around the dinner table.

How to Make Family Bonding Time at the Dinner Table Tasty

Study after study shows that eating dinner together as a family at least 2-3 times a week provides huge benefits for the child.

Children are less likely to engage in risky behavior, do better in school and have closer relationships with the family when eating together.

But how do we make that time together more tasty (figuratively speaking)?

Here are four tips to on how to make family bonding time at the dinner table better;

  1. Don’t lecture at the dinner table. If you want your kids to open up, make the environment enjoyable. If they feel they’re going to be judged, they’re less likely to open up next time.
  2. Conversation takes two and if you want your children to open up, you should also. When you share your frustrations or excitement with your child, they can relate more. If we, dads and moms, seem “perfect” then they’re less likely to share when they’re feeling “imperfect.”
  3. Put down the devices and take a digital detox for the dinner. Here’s where we have to lead by example. It’s hard, I know, but our kids can tell if we’re paying attention to them. We can’t be looking at our phones while trying to have some good bonding time and expect them to open up. We have to be attentive (plus it’s good manners).
  4. Add some flavor to the conversation by spicing it up each time with something different. When you ask the same questions to anyone day in and day out, you’ll get the same answers day in and day out. Thus when you change it up, the responses and depth of conversation also changes up.

Let’s jump in to 45 different family bonding time conversation topics to try.

Let us know your favorite in the comments below or if you have one that we should add let us know?


45 Powerful Family Bonding Time Conversations to have a Dinner to Increase Critical Thinking & Have Fun

  1. High – Low Conversation: What was you high and what was your low for the day? Go around the table and have everyone share theirs. This really gets kids to open up when they realize we have “lows” also.
  2. What’s the one thing that makes you feel the most alive in your life right now that you can’t stop thinking about it each day?
  3. What did you fail at today? Love this question. Billionaire Spanx founder Sara Blakely’s father asked the family this Dinner Table question frequently and it helps teach the idea that if you aren’t failing at something, you’re not pushing yourself hard enough.
  4. If you had to write the job description of what makes a good parent in 6-10 sentences, what would it be?
  5. Who’s your favorite entertainer today and what do you love about him or her?
  6. What’s one thing you’d like to learn that you’ve never tried or told anyone you’d like to learn?
  7. Who’s a popular actor now that you think carries themselves well in the limelight and what is it that you like about them?
  8. What’s your biggest fear that you’ve never shared with anyone here at the dinner table?
  9. If you could be any celebrity for the day, who would it be and why?
  10. What do you feel makes our family different compared to others?
  11. If you could make school different, what would you do and how do you think it would help other kids learn better?
  12. What’s a talent you’d like to learn that you don’t currently know?
  13. Do you think book stores will exist in 10 years and what’s something they could do to make them a retail location people love to visit more frequently?
  14. If you could bring back a band that isn’t in existence any longer, which band would it be and why?
  15. If you could pick 3 people to teach in your school for the day who aren’t teachers, who would you pick and what would you want them to teach that could benefit the class?
  16. What do you think are 3 things that make someone a good role model?
  17. If we were deserted on an island for a year and could only bring one possession, non-electronic, what would it be and why?
  18. If you could volunteer anywhere that needs volunteers, where would you help out and why?
  19. If you could say one kind word that describes everyone at this table, what word would you use and why?
  20. If you could get rid of one object in the house and replace it with something from a friends house, what would it be and why?
  21. Which non-politician do you feel would make an amazing President and why?
  22. What’s your favorite brand that’s new this year and what do you like about them?
  23. What’s something we should cook that’s new and something we’ve never tried?
  24. What’s the most popular thing now that annoys you?
  25. If we could travel back to a date in the past, what day would you go back to and why?
  26. If you could be a part of any sitcom that isn’t around any more, what one would it be and why?
  27. What’s the strangest dream you’ve ever had that you didn’t finish and woke up?
  28. What’s a habit someone has that annoys you and why?
  29. If you were offered $5,000,000 but you could never use electronics again, what would you do?
  30. What would make the perfect weekend outside the home on a budget under $50? Go!
  31. If you could wave a magic wand to bring someone back from the past, who would it be and what would you want to ask them?
  32. If you could improve one product you use everyday to make it more efficient, what would it be and why?
  33. If you were to write a book that could help the world, what would you title it and what do you feel would be the best advice you could offer?
  34. What cartoon character would you want to be and why?
  35. If the power were to go out for a week and you had to pick one location to be, where would that be and why?
  36. If you could feed, for one night, 50 homeless people or help one homeless person get back on their feet so they were never homeless again, which would you choose and why?
  37. Say your best friend shares something with you that they want to tell their parents about, but are nervous. How would you coach them?
  38. If you could learn a new hobby, what would it be and why?
  39. What are 3 things people do in school that you feel aren’t kind?
  40. What are 2 character traits you feel are vital to living a successful life and why?
  41. If intro music were to play for the person sitting next to you on your right every time they enter a room, what would it be and why?
  42. What’s a subject you feel they don’t teach in school that they should? How could you learn it today?
  43. What household rule do you completely disagree with? Now play devil’s advocate and share why it’s a good rule?
  44. How would you define gratitude to someone who doesn’t understand it and why would they want to be grateful?
  45. What’s a widely held belief that you disagree with?

Conclusion: Family Bonding Time at the Dinner Table

These 45 questions are guaranteed to spark creativity and get your kids critical thinking skills kicked into high gear. There are no right or wrong answers, but it’s sure to spark fun conversations.

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Conversation as a family is key and the more meaningful, the better.

What questions do you ask your kids at dinner that really gets them to open up? Let other Moms and Dads know in the comments below.

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About The Author

Michael Kawula

I’m a husband and father of 3 amazing children. For the last 20-Years I’ve been a serial entrepreneur. My goal is to help parents empower all our children to achieve their inner greatness.I’m an author, Inc. 500 featured Company, have been interviewed by Anthony Robbins, CNN and featured in over 100 publications over the last few years.