How to encourage family conversation around the table
Suzy's got a great hack for holiday mealtimes and beyond:
During the holiday season there are many occasions to gather around the table. Consider this game that encourages children and adults alike to share about their day as well as be active listeners. You've heard of the game "Three Truths and a Lie?" Use this format to talk about your day. Each person tells three things about their day, two of which actually did happen and one that didn't. Then, the guests around the table guess which is the "lie."
When our family plays this game not only does each person excitedly participate, but everyone feels validated and listened to, which encourages follow up questions and happy and peaceful subsequent mealtimes. Try adapting this game to share about other topics such as "Christmas Wishes," "Lifetime Dreams," "Vacation Destinations," etc. The possibilities are endless!
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