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50 Conversation Starters for Family Dinners

Posted by Axis on April 15, 2020

Welcome, frustrated parents! You may have landed here today because you’re tired of the silent stares and same ol’ conversations. “How was your day?” “Fine.” Simply riveting! And with so much time at home together due to COVID-19, it can be really tough to think of new questions to ask. Fear not, we’ve compiled 50 conversation starters to give your family dinners a boost this week.

Would You Rather

This is arguably one of the best ways to start a conversation because the questions can lead to some hilarious and fascinating discussions. Try some of these out on your kids!

  1. Would you rather be famous for your intelligence or for your talents?
  2. Would you rather play the villain, or the hero in a movie?
  3. Would you rather drink all your food from a baby bottle, or wear visible diapers for the rest of your life?
  4. Would you rather always have to sing instead of speaking, or always have to dance everywhere you went?
  5. Would you rather give up social media, or texting for an entire year?
  6. Would you rather not be allowed to wash your hands for a month, or your hair for a month?
  7. Would you rather only be able to watch one movie for the rest of your life, or only be able to read one book for the rest of your life?
  8. Would you rather lose your ability to speak, or always have to say everything you’re thinking?
  9. Would you rather have the ability to read other people’s minds, or the ability to see into the future?
  10. Would you rather never be able to eat your favorite food again for the rest of your life, or only be able to eat your favorite food?

Faith

Do you ever feel stuck when it comes to talking about faith with your kid? It can be a bit of an intimidating subject because we don’t always know what our teens are thinking about Christianity. These questions will help you to know where their head is at, and hopefully open up a gateway to deep, incredible conversation.

  1. Why do you believe what you believe?
  2. What makes someone a Christian?
  3. Do you think it’s okay to question what you believe?
  4. What do you think our culture thinks of Christians? Do you agree with that perspective?
  5. Why does God let bad things happen?
  6. What does it mean to have a relationship with God?
  7. Are there any questions that you struggle to answer about Christianity?
  8. If you could sit face to face with God and ask Him one question, what would it be?
  9. What does it mean to worship God? Do you think it’s important?
  10. What is one way you can worship God this week without using music?

Pop Culture

Our kids are consuming tons of media right now, and it can feel nearly impossible to stay on top of it all. But we’ve got a few easy questions to get that ball rolling. (P.S. If your teen seems super excited about something, try to get involved and show them you care by listening to their favorite music, making a TikTok together, watching a show with them, or whatever else they’re drawn to!)

  1. Who’s your favorite artist at the moment? What do you like about him/her?
  2. What’s your favorite show right now?
  3. What video games have you been into lately?
  4. What’s your opinion on the celebrities saying “we’re all in this together” with the quarantine life? Do you think they can really relate to us?
  5. Have you heard of anyone being “zumped” (dumped on Zoom)?
  6. Have you seen John Krasinski’s Some Good News? How do you think positivity might influence our culture in a good way during this time?
  7. What’s the funniest TikTok/meme you’ve seen this week?
  8. Who’s your Favorite YouTuber? What do you like about him/her?
  9. What do you think of the new streaming app, Quibi?
  10. Do you think you’ve used social media more since the quarantine began? How has your screen time affected you? (You might consider sharing how screen time has affected you as well, because this definitely isn’t solely a teen problem; we’re all susceptible to over-consumption.)

Life in the COVID panic

This may be a great time of anxiety for you and for your teen. Here are a few questions to get a feel for how they’re handling this time of uncertainty.

  1. How have you been staying in touch with friends?
  2. What changes has the COVID crisis brought about that you don’t know how to handle?
  3. How are you doing in terms of mental health? Is there any way we can help you to stay mentally healthy during this time?
  4. What are you missing out on that you’re disappointed about?
  5. What are some good things that could come out of all this?
  6. How can we spend our time differently than we have in the past?
  7. Is there anything that you’ve always wanted to try, but never had time for? Now is the time to go for it!
  8. Does the coronavirus make you feel scared or anxious? What worries you about the virus?
  9. How do you think our culture will change after this is all over?
  10. Have you experienced any good changes to your routine that you’d like to implement permanently? What are they?

Miscellaneous 

  1. What are your top 5 bucket list items?
  2. Where do you most want to go in the world?
  3. What is the first thing you want to do when stay at home orders are lifted?
  4. What is your earliest memory?
  5. What’s your favorite memory with the family?
  6. What’s the hardest decision you’ve ever had to make?
  7. If you’re having a rough day, what are the best ways to cheer you up?
  8. What word best describes our family?
  9. What’s your dream job?
  10. If you could shop for free at one store, which one would you choose?

We hope these liven up your family dinners this week! And if you’d like to dive even deeper into how to have an awesome family night, check out this free Parent Guide!

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