Weeknight Family Dinner Conversation Starter

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Recently I took my girls for a family dinner at my girlfriend’s house where they had the cutest weeknight family dinner conversation starter I wanted to share with you. We now do this with my family each night and provokes some interesting conversations!

It’s simple.

Everyone (including mom and dad) goes around the table and answers the following:

What was your thumbs up part of the day? 
What was your thumbs down part of the day?
What was your thumbs middle part of the day?

I thought these questions were great, because everyday really does consist of all the above ~ the good, the bad and the so-so.

I made a free printable of these questions for your kids to fill out if you would like a little activity to keep them busy in the 10 minutes while you are trying to get everything on the table!

Do you have any fun table topics or conversation starters you do with your family? Please share!



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  1. 1
    Susanne says:

    I love this idea! We do our Highs + Lows each night at the dinner table. Our 4 year old gets SO into it! The thumbs up/down/middle is a fun upgrade to our game!

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    Lisa says:

    I love this idea Jen. Just printed a bunch out and I plan to use them tonight at dinner!!!

  3. 3
    Jen says:

    It makes me happier than you will ever know that someone is actually using that printable!! Thanks Lisa for making my day…

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    tiffany h says:

    We share “the best thing that happened to you today” every night at dinner. I love the kids’ answers. Sometimes it’s something big like going to the beach or something small like seeing my friends at school. I love your idea of thumbs up/down. Will print out and try it out tonight.

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    Teri F. says:

    Thanks for sharing this great idea! We’ll start using it. I typically ask my 7 year old son “how was day/school” and the usual response is “good” then I’m trying to pull more details.

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