Creating meaningful conversation with your family can come easily for some, but for the majority of parents knowing how to start meaningful conversation can be very difficult. One of the best ways to start a conversation is to ask good questions. Good questions convey that you care about the person you are speaking with, but they can also inspire them to think. The timing of when to ask these questions is critical. It is not wise to start these interactions if there is tension in your home or if everyone is in a hurry. A better time would be when family members are more relaxed, have time to talk, and are in a peaceful mood. Around the dinner table, while driving, just before bed—any time your family is together there is potential for great conversation.
Listed below are 4 family conversation starters. My hope and prayer is that these ideas will inspire great conversation and opportunity to hear your kids’ thoughts and questions.
How does God show He loves you? After reading 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, what is a new way you can show God’s love to others? Try it this week!
What are you thankful for? What does it mean to be thankful in all circumstances? Try this! Have each family member think of the things they are thankful for. Give each person a balloon or a kleenex and see who can keep it in the air the longest by tapping it up once for each thing they’re thankful for. Read together! “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
God with us…
Do you ever wonder if God is always with you? How do you know when God is with you? Try this! Every time you think of God today, write it down, share it, or add a sticker to a “God is with us” paper on the refrigerator door. Read this! “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”-which means, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23 (NIV) “…And surely I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 (NIV)
Encourage one another…
What does it mean to encourage each other? Why is it important? Try this! Write the name of each family member on a strip of paper. Let everyone pick one. Think of an act of encouragement to do for him or her this week. Read this! Hebrews 3:12-14 (NIV)
I hope that these 4 ideas will inspire you to think about other good questions to ask that will start great family conversation!
I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!