Remembories: How to Get Your Kids Talking

Dinner: It’s my favorite time of the day, even when it’s not. We try to protect this time, even when we have to force the quiet, the togetherness, the pause. It’s dinner time at our house. I’ve written about it before: the craziness and the routine, but I wanted to share some ways to gets your kids talking.

[Now, just to disclose, my kids never have a problem with talking, the always have to plenty to say. But sometimes I have a hard time getting them to open up about the right things.]

So, we ask questions. It’s simple really. My youngest has coined the term: Remembories (which is just a fancy preschool way of saying remembering memories).

Kids love to remember memories about themselves and it turns out it’s a great way to get them talking!

Ask, listen & connect.

Here’s some to get your started:

You:

  • What’s your favorite memory of you?
  • When did you start walking?
  • How much did you weigh at birth?
  • If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  • What do you like best about yourself?

Your room:

  • What’s your favorite memory in your room?
  • What do you love most about your room? the least?
  • What would you change about your room?

The yard:

  • The best thing we’ve ever played in our yard?
  • What do you love most about it? the least?
  • If you could add one big thing to our yard, what would it be?

School:

  • What’s your favorite memory of school?
  • What do you love most now? dislike the most now?
  • What is the best grade you’ve had?
  • What grade do you look the most forward to?

Family:

  • What’s your favorite memory of something we’ve done together?
  • What do you want to do as a family someday?
  • Do you ever wish we had more/less kids?
  • What would you keep the same/change about our family?

Friends:

  • What’s the best memory you have with a friend?
  • Name some of your favorite friends. Why?
  • Do you wish you had more/less/better friends?
  • Do you make friends easy or hard. Why?

God:

  • What’s your best memory of church?
  • Do you think God talks to you? How?
  • What would you tell God if He were sitting at dinner with us?
  • Do you think all people should know about Jesus?

The World:

  • Where do you dream of going someday? Why?
  • What kind of language would you like to learn?
  • How do you think people live in other countries? Like us or different
  • If you could give people in another country one thing, what would it be?

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Comments

  1. 1

    Kathie Mathews says

    This is such a great idea…my girls are both grown but this would give them such a kick to talk about, especially when we are all together! LOVE Erma too…grew up with her (my mom loved her so we read her together while I was a teenager) I just finished your book and I’m getting ready to start it again. SO much truth to your words…I have recommended it to my daughter (who has a 4 year old of her own now) and would hope that there will be another volume in your world of adventures for us to enjoy, but I haven’t heard anything yet (saying with fingers crossed!)
    Take care and thanks again for the tears and giggles!
    Kathie

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    Anita says

    We have four grown sons – but in days gone by – we would play – “Which boy was it that…. ?”
    This was great for long road trips and bringing up family memories.

    Who was it …. that saved his brother’s life while tobogganing?
    Who was it… that set the neighbour’s hay on fire?
    Who was it… that cut down a surprise Christmas tree in the bush over about a week’s time with a child size saw?
    Who called helicopters, hoc-doctors?
    Who was it that broke a brother’s nose playing hockey? split a brother’s head swinging a hammer? split his own lip pulling down a lamp when learning to crawl? house full of boys!

    You get the idea… and soon they are bringing up their own memories. Which parent was it that…. ???

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    says

    Great questions! I post a Conversation Starter every weekday on my blog’s Facebook page and in my blog I do all kinds of ideas to inspire people to get to the table as a family and connect. Right now I have a series going on Making It Easier to Get to the Table. We use these kinds of questions and conversation games all the time when our now grown kids come home, although we don’t *need* anything to keep the conversation going!

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