Monday, October 21, 2013

a little less action & a lot more talking

DIY >>> Conversation Jar

Dinner time is a huge struggle at our house. Austin no longer naps, so he is way past done by 5:30. Every night at the table, my kids play games, make rude sounds, yell, sing, and just about whatever they fancy except eating their meal nicely. Oh....and talk about what happened in school that day? Forget about it. It was draining, it was a chore, and it was unpleasant. 

I had long ago decided that dinner time was important. We read all about it in magazines and books. But I know first hand the importance of eating together as a family EVERY DAY. I grew up with this as the norm. I didn't always eat with the same family, since my parents were divorced, but I ate dinner with my family, or a friends family, EVERY DAY.

Something needed to change. Dinner time was supposed to be enjoyable. Talk about our day, what made us happy, what made us sad. I was determined to take dinner time back and make it NICE FOR EVERYONE! Because I said so.

A friend had given me a stack of conversation starters last spring. (I apologize I do not know the name of the blog that she printed them from. I will try to find out and update this post soon.) They sat in a basket in my kitchen for months. Then they moved with us and sat in a basket in this kitchen for months. I saw them often, thinking to my self..."GET ON THAT!" But I kept pushing it away.

This past Thursday, I dug through my junk basket, pulled out the cards, grabbed a cute jar, and got to work. Grandma was coming for the weekend and we were going to have a nice meal together it if was the last thing I did. Many of the questions in the stack were geared towards adults, or older children. I went through and took out the ones I wanted to use. I cut them down to fit into the jar. I then added some questions of my own.

I used a vintage mason jar to hold all the questions. I wrapped some lace and velvet ribbon around the top and called it done.

Questions I added to the bunch:

When is your birthday?
If you could do anything tomorrow, what would you do?
If the house was on fire, what would you take with you?
What person in your life makes you smile?
Name the colors in a rainbow.
What is one thing in Fall? Winter? Spring? Summer?
What would you wear on a rainy day? To the beach? In the snow?
You hear with ______. You smell with ______. You see with ______. You taste with ______.
What is your favorite sport? What do you need to play it?
If you were going camping, what would you need?
What is your favorite Annapolis memory?
What is your best Daddy memory?
What is your best Mommy memory?
What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?
How many days are there in a week? Can you name them?
What is your favorite season? Why?
What is your favorite ice cream? Topping?
What is your favorite movie?
What is your favorite fruit? Veggie?
What makes you happy?
If you could be a Disney princess, which one would you be?
If you were a super hero, what would your name be? What would your powers be?

My favorite questions from the stack given to me:

If you had an airplane, where would you fly to?
What is the most important thing in your life?
What is your favorite family tradition?
What is your favorite holiday? Why?
What person would you like to see more often?
How do you show someone that you love them?
What is your favorite book?
If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be?
What makes you feel better when you are having a bad day?
What is your biggest fear?
If you had to leave Earth on a spaceship and take four friends, who would you take?
What do you like best about our family?
Tell someone at the table why you love them.
What is the sound you love most?
What do you think angels do all day?
Why do you think God created families?
If you could be any animal, what would you be? Why?
If your life was a song, what song would it be?
If you had to live in a different state, which would you choose?
I got in so much trouble when I _______________.
What is/was your favorite toy?
If a friend was sick, what are three things you could do to make them feel better?
What has been your favorite family vacation?
What is the best thing about being _______ years old?
Who is your best friend? Why are they your best friend?
What is the one thing you couldn't live without?
What do you like most about Christmas?
What would you do if you were the King or Queen?
If snow could fall in any flavor, what flavor would you choose?
What is something you want to learn how to do? Why?
What are three word that best describe you?
If you could only eat one food for three days, what would you choose?
If you had three wishes, what would they be?

Thanks for visiting!


*** UPDATE: The conversation starters that were given to me are from the blog Balancing Beauty and Bedlam. ***

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