How to promote family communication at dinner table?

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Need more healthy and holy conversation around the dinner table?  I just found a neat product that helps a family do just that.  It’s called The Meal Box.

In our age of TV dinners, fast-food, and faster-paced lives, it can be a struggle to find ways to regularly connect as a family.  I truly believe that so many of our societal problems stem from unstable and malnourished families.  And when I say malnourished I’m not talking about food (although that seems to be a problem as well).  But I’m mostly talking about spending time with each other.  Being involved in our kids’ lives.  In our parents’ lives.  In our siblings’ lives.  Loving each other and actually showing that we care.

Talking around the dinner table has become a foriegn concept in many families and we’ve forgotten how to do it.  Products like The Meal Box try to help us remember and give us a nifty tool to make it easy.

The Meal Box contains 54 cards, each one featuring a creative question guaranteed to spark fun family conversation during family meals. The questions, such as If you could have the voice of any famous person, whose voice would you have?, are sure to engage everyone in the family. The reverse side of each card features a quick “Food for Family Thought” tip from family expert Tom McGrath. The tip makes it easy, and downright fun, for families to apply the question and answers to their lives of faith.

Here’s a video from their website.

Does anyone have any other ideas or tools that help promote family communication around the dinner table? Please share in the comments below!

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Chris Weidenhamer August 10, 2009 at 1:28 pm

I discovered, as a young parent, that getting there is half the battle. Some good tricks: Husbands and wives, plan meals together and plan them for a full week (good for bonding and for the budget, too); rearrange your schedules to assure an actual family dinner (we schedule office meetings, don’t we?); last but not least, shut off the TV and SHUT OFF ALL PHONES. Put a shoebox outside of the dining room for all cell phones if need be.

Like I said, getting to the table together can be half the battle. From there, the Meal Box seems like a cool idea.

Matthew Warner August 10, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Good thoughts, Chris! Thank you for sharing. We are a new family…so we haven’t had this challenge yet but I’m tryin to learn as much as I can ahead of time! I love the shoebox idea.

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