Meaningful Meals

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After a long day at work, sometimes the last thing you want to do with your evening is expend additional energy at the dinner table. It can be easy to distract yourself with television or phones during meals but this is often the only occasion a family or couple (roommates, partners, etc.) have together. Here are some ideas to generate meaningful conversations with your dining companions.

  • Avoid close-ended questions such as “how was your day?” or “do you have homework?” Instead ask, “what was the best part of your day?” or “what was the most interesting thing you learned today?”
  • Have a jar of fun or silly questions that gets passed around the table. Everyone draws a question and takes a turn answering.
  • Talk about where the food you’re eating originated (where it was grown, how long it took to get to your home, how you cooked it, etc.) and how it makes you feel.

For more fun ideas about dinner, check out The Family Dinner Project: http://thefamilydinnerproject.org/

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