Today’s nonfiction book focus is on “Table Talk,” written by John and Tina Bushman.
When was the last time you had dinner as a family? And what did you talk about? Researchers have consistently found that children who share a meal with their parents not only eat healthier, but have better grades and a more supportive group of friends. They are less likely to be on drugs, depressed or in trouble with the law. Eating together as a family creates unity and trust, builds confidence against peer pressure and establishes expectations and values.
Are you making the most of this time?
When John and I were newlyweds, John planned a creative date night for us: ping pong and taking turns asking and answering questions from A Question Book. It was so fun to get to know each other better and it became one of our favorite date nights, repeated often through our 19 years. As our children came along and were finally old enough to carry on a conversation, we decided to come up with our own list of questions to ask them at dinnertime and soon discovered that, with all seated and hands busy, it was a great way to connect as a family despite our increasingly hectic schedules. Asking questions became a nightly tradition. Our “table talks” have always provided not only great conversation and a chance to get to know our 5 kids’ personalities better, it became a time to teach and convey our own morals and values to our children.
Last year we decided to put our questions, along with quotes, into a book for our kids, and realized it could help other families to improve their family communication as well. February brought the publication of Table Talk, hundreds of fun, thought-provoking questions and quotes that will get your family talking, and talking about what matters.
As children get older and family life gets more and more busy, there can be many distractions that take away from having dinner together as family. Wise parents will make it a priority and use this opportunity to connect with their children, establishing healthy communication and teaching values. However, getting children, especially teens, to talk can be a challenge, making it daunting to start a family discussion. Table Talk can help get those conversations started.
Here is a sample of some of the questions you will find in Table Talk that will ignite some more meaningful family discussions.
1.If you could travel back in time, what time would you visit?
2.What would you do if you found out your closest friend was using drugs?
3.What are some good ways to overcome feeling sad?
4.What would you do to make the world a better place?
5.What makes someone a good friend?
6.If you were given a million dollars to give away, what kind of organization would you give to?
7.What is the hardest work you have ever done?
8.If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
9.Have you ever stuck up for someone being picked on?
10.What is something you did to help someone today?
Remember this beloved Mr. Rogers quote when asking your family questions: “One of the most essential ways of saying “˜I love you’ is by being a receptive listener”. When children develop a pattern of sharing ideas and opinions in a safe environment, they will feel comfortable coming to their parents in times of need. Sharing a meal “” whether it’s takeout pizza or a homemade casserole “” gives families a chance to bond and connect despite their hectic schedules and provides the perfect time to get your family talking.
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