Giveaway update 7/18/12: Dustie is the winner of the beach balls! Congrats Dustie!
We hear the statistics over and over, few families sit down for dinner together anymore. Everyone is running from one activity to another. Family members catch up on each other’s day while in the car going through the drive-thru on the way to the next sport’s practice. Each child has their own separate activity, requiring mom and dad to divide and conquer.
So when do families have meaningful conversations?
When do parents share their faith, the way God has worked in their lives, and the hope He’s given them, with their children?
Real relationships develop and grow around the dinner table. Everyone loves a potluck supper at church because food and fellowship go hand in hand. The same is true at home. Family meal time is best accompanied by conversation and shared hearts.
If you haven’t read my post about our family conversation jar, click here. This jar is used at the dinner table to encourage family members to talk, learn about each other, share thoughts and feelings, and develop deeper relationships. The jar could be any container really. It is filled with strips of paper. Each person pulls out one of the strips of paper and answers the question written on it. Some of the questions are light-hearted and encourage general discussion. Other questions require deeper thought and encourage meaningful dialogue.
To see the questions we use, click here. For your particular family, you may want to add simpler questions for younger family members and deeper questions for adolescents.
I recently came across a similar idea to my conversation jar, using a beach ball. This is a great idea for active, kinesthetic learners. The ball has questions written all around the outside of it. Family members take turns tossing it to each other and wherever your thumb lands when you catch it, that is the question you answer.
I’m giving away one set of these FAMILY MISSION STATEMENT BEACH BALL. To be entered for the drawing, leave a comment below and/or “Like” my Facebook page. If you like my page, let me know in the comments below. Random.org will select the winner next Wednesday, July 18 at 8:00pm EST.
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