As the kids get older and their busy schedules get busier, it becomes increasingly difficult to find time for family dinners. While we strive for at least three nights per week, we have a MANDATORY Sunday night family dinner and Table Talk is always a crowd pleaser. It is amazing what you learn about your kids when you ask fun questions and not directed questions. By directed I mean: “Do you have a girlfriend/boyfriend?” “Did you have a good day at school?” “Do any of your friends drink or smoke pot?” “Have you ever sexted or received a sext?” They will plead the 5th faster than a politician under oath.
I am 17 years into parenting and my teenagers talk with me. Often and about all topics. The reason they do is because I have been talking, asking and listening to them for years. Talk with your kids, do it often, you will reap the rewards when it matters most.
Table Talk: Questions to Ask Your Tweens and Teens
Would you rather spend the day with Selena Gomez, LeBron James or President Obama?
Would you rather visit Australia, Italy or China?
Would you rather cook a meal, do a load of laundry or mow the grass?
Would you rather work for Disney, Xbox or Apple?
Would you rather go to an amusement park, a beach or the zoo?
Would you rather win an Oscar, an Olympic Medal or $5,000?
Would you rather eat Oreos and milk, a hot fudge sundae or smores for desert every single night for the rest of your life?
Would you rather watch sports, documentaries or sitcoms?
Would you rather have live on the beach, on a lake or in the mountains?
Would you rather eat a steak, your favorite pasta or mexican food every night for the rest of your life?