About Dinner Discussions
“How was your day?”
“Fine. How was your day?”
After a busy day, kids don’t care to talk much.
How cool would it be if instead they said, “hey dad, tell me more about how XYZ works.” Or, “can we start doing that?”
The truth is, our kids are eager to learn. They want something interesting to learn about or do. They want something to reach out at them and demand their attention.
If you get their mind on a topic that sparks their interest, then not only do they start talking, but thinking too.
At Dinner Discussions, we give you the power to engage your children in a way that isn’t threatening, builds relationships, and helps them be more trusting of you as their parent.
- Say goodbye to lame dinners dominated by silence
- Begin a wonderful bonding adventure with your family
- Transform dinner time into something meaningful for everyone
- Easy and simple, no teaching degree required!
- No more grumbling about awkward conversations down paths your kids don’t want to discuss
- Fun and intellectually stimulating discussion topics to make mealtimes more meaningful
- An opportunity to deprogram wrong things they pick up elsewhere
When you engage with Dinner Discussions, you’ll receive a notification each time we post a new card on a wide variety of intellectually stimulating topics that will get your family talking at the dinner table (and forget about the TV).
ABC News Report
“Family meals are the strongest factor that we’ve come across in any activity that families do [to reduce risky behavior in teenagers]…” said Dr. William Doherty, University of Minnesota.
Compared to teens who ate with their families five to seven times a week, teenagers who had fewer than three family dinners a week were almost four times more likely to try tobacco, more than twice as likely to use alcohol and 2.5 times more likely to use marijuana, according to new information released by Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.
Doherty said family dinners conveyed a sense of belonging, gave teenagers security and stability, and provided them and their parents an opportunity to communicate. “Make it a connecting meal. It’s the quality of the connecting. Just try to have a good conversation. Don’t grill them about their grades.”
Psych Central: Family Dinners Can Bolster Teens’ Mental Health
“More frequent family dinners related to fewer emotional and behavioral problems, greater emotional well-being, more trusting and helpful behaviors towards others and higher life satisfaction,” said Elgar, whose research centers on social inequalities in health and family influences on child mental health.”
“We were surprised to find such consistent effects on every outcome we studied,” said [Dr. Frank Elgar, professor at McGill University]. “From having no dinners together to eating together seven nights a week, each additional dinner related to significantly better mental health.”
There are so many inspiring stories and principles to learn about in different fields. Drilling down to core principles enhances the way we live our lives. Having a life based on principle makes life more fulfilling. My hope is, you’ll give this site a chance to change your family’s life. Every ounce you invest into your family, pays back pounds of dividends. You never know where a single conversation with your child is going to change their life and put them on a road to something wonderful.
— Oak Norton