One of the best things about Thanksgiving is that the entire family gathers around the table for a meal. What if you could add that to your schedule every week? Think about the connectedness your family would feel. Call your family to the table this weekend and get the conversation started with these free printable Thanksgiving family dinner conversation cards.
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Family Dinner: Chore or Connecting?
Lately, dinners together seem more like a chore than a family bonding experience. No matter what I make at least one kid has a problem with it (even if they’ve eaten it before in the past). We have the rule that you don’t leave the table until everyone has finished eating. However, when you’re dealing with an obstinate child dinner lasts until bedtime.
What’s worse is knowing that they get their stubbornness from me. While I loved healthy healthy food (unlike my kiddos) I wouldn’t touch anything that had any condiments, pepper, or weird sauces on it. In fact, I’d rather sit at the table until bedtime than even touch something I didn’t think I would like. Well, hello payback.
While I’ve adjusted the ‘no getting up until everyone is finished’ rule slightly, I feel like an hour at the table isn’t too much to ask. These conversation cards are the perfect way to get the conversation going and keep the older kiddos from getting bored at the table after they have finished eating.
Sometimes kids are taciturn and don’t want to talk much at the table. You ask them how their days were and you get, “Good” or “Fine”. On the flip side of that, sometimes the little ones think it’s hilarious to call each other “poopy heads”.
Take back the conversation while keeping it fun and learning more about each other with these free printable Thanksgiving family dinner conversation cards.
Preparing Your Conversation Cards
These are so easy to prepare that you can totally have them ready for tonight’s dinner. Simply print out your conversation cards, cut them apart, and voila! I do recommend printing them on a heavier card stock instead of regular weight printer paper.
You can also laminate them for durability. Anytime you combine little hands and food, messes are bound to happen. Laminating them will help them last longer and can even be gently wiped off if needed.
Whether you’re trying to get the conversation started at the dinner table or simply want to pass the time while the little ones finish, these free printable Thanksgiving family dinner conversation cards are a super simple tool to make it easier. If I figure out how to end the dinner wars without serving pizza and chicken nuggets for every meal, I’ll let you know. Until then, at least dinners are more fun again with these cards.
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