How many times a week do you sit together as a family for dinner?
We all know that family dinners are one of the most beneficial ways to maintain an open and communicative relationship with our children. Right? Did you also know that they have a major impact on the choices your kids make outside of your home.
According to a survey by Columbia University, teenagers who have a family dinner five times or more a week are 42 percent less likely to drink, 59 percent less likely to smoke cigarettes and 66 percent less likely to try marijuana. The survey also found teens were 40 percent more likely to get A’s and B’s. (If only it would increase their desire to do homework.)
Forcing the kids to the table is great, but eating in silence or in front of the television defeats the purpose. You know, because talking is the actual point. But? Getting your kids to talk can be harder than flying an airplane with one wing, a broken engine and no gas.
There are ways to get them to do it, but it takes a little creativity and some trickery. “Yes” or “no” questions will get you “yes” or “no” answers.
You: “Did anything interesting happen at school today?”
Awesome. Just like that the conversation is over. Below are questions that will inspire your kids to talk. One for each day of the week. Enjoy getting to know your kids better.
Monday: Name three things about yourself that you really like.
Tuesday: Name one thing about yourself that you wish you could change. Why?
Wednesday: If you could keep your room any way you wanted, how would it look? How long do you think you could go without having to clean it?
Thursday: What is the best movie you have seen this year? The worst?
Friday: Do you think video games about war make you behave differently when you play them?