Encouraging Dinner Conversation

In most families, the bread and butter of dinnertime talk centers around the question “How was your day?” In some families, this simple question opens the floodgates: Kids will talk about recess, or about the rebuke someone endured from a teacher, or about an intriguing moral dilemma that arose in class. But some kids will only respond with a one-word answer: “Okay.” In other families, one member grabs all the airtime and rattles off a string of anecdotes about what happened during the day; meanwhile, everyone else will be tapping toes, eager to get a word in edgewise.

How can you solve these dilemmas and get everyone at your dinner table engaged in conversation? Check out this excerpt from my book, and some practical tips, on the Utne Reader.

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