Conversation Starters around the Dinner Table

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Mark your calendars for Family Day! 

September 26, 2016, is a day dedicated to making the time to eat a family meal together. Parents play a pivotal role in their children’s life which includes their decision to not engage in substance abuse. Family Day is a national event that began in 2001 and works to raise awareness of the importance of talking to your child about the harms associated with alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs. These conversations are not limited to the kitchen table and families are encouraged to find moments throughout their day to have these important discussions.

So, how do I start the conversation with my child?

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) has provided some conversation starters to help you on your way. Try one of the following: 

  • If you could study anywhere in the world, where would you go? 
  • If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? 
  • What would you do if someone ever tried to offer you drugs? 
  • Where would you want to go on a road trip with your friends? 
  • What’s currently your favorite singer or band? Why are they your favorite? 

So grab your saucepan, ingredients, and family for a fun night of conversation and memories. To learn more about Family Day please visit 

To learn more about Employee & Family Resources prevention efforts please contact Katie Bee, Prevention Manager, at 515.471.2327 or via email at

Drug-Free Employee & Family Resources is here to serve you. Our work focuses on reducing the negative consequences of substance abuse and problem gambling through grants from the Iowa Department of Public Health. As a leader and innovator in the field of human services, Employee & Family Resources is dedicated to helping people manage life’s challenges so they can reach their full potential. EFR is a highly valued resource delivering prevention, intervention, and treatment services that support and enhance the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities by providing professional and culturally competent services within three dedicated branches of EFR: Community Services, Substance Abuse Services, and Workplace Services. Learn more and contact EFR for more details.

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