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19 Ways to Connect as a Family on a Weeknight

19 Ways to Connect as a Family on a Weeknight

In many families the weekdays are simply the annoying days that get in the the way of our free time. Unfortunately, 71% of your life are weekdays. The worst thing you can do is dismiss that much time as just means to an end. I want to empower families to connect and have a good time no even during the week. After reading this guide you’ll never run out of things to talk about with family because activities make the best conversation starters.

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Setting the Stage for Family Time

Creating a Conducive Environment

First things first, let’s make the perfect setting for our family conversations. Turn off the TV and gather everyone around the dinner table. This simple act shifts the focus from screens to faces. It create a space where every family member feels heard and valued. A friendly dinner table is the best time for encouraging open-ended questions and meaningful conversations.

Embracing Quality Time

Quality time with family is about being in the same room and truly connecting. For the rest of your life during a meal or a relaxed moment on the couch, seize the opportunity for good conversation. Use this time to ask about everyone’s day, follow that with fun questions, or simply share your thoughts on little things like a favorite song. Engaging in these kinds of things helps create a deeper level of understanding among family members.

Encouraging Open Dialogue

Encourage every family member to share, from the youngest to the oldest. Open-ended questions are a great way to get past one-word answers, inviting stories, opinions, and dreams into the conversation. From discussing your favorite book, a recent trip to the grocery store, or the craziest thing you’ve ever done, each topic opens a new door to understanding each other better.

Keeping It Light and Fun

While deep conversations are valuable, sometimes a good laugh is just as important. Mix in lighthearted topics like favorite cartoons from elementary school or the grossest thing you’ve ever eaten. These fun questions not only bring laughter but also create comfort and ease in the family dynamic. My youngest daughter Charleigh has gotten our whole family involved in ‘would you rather’ conversations on our family walks.

By setting the right atmosphere and embracing both deep and light conversations, you create the perfect environment for family bonding. It’s these nightly gatherings that often turn into the favorite memory for many family members. So, let’s make the most of your time together, creating an atmosphere of laughter, love, and great questions.

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19 Things to Talk About With Family

We will list variety of stimulating topics designed to spark lively and meaningful discussions with your family. These prompts are perfect for breaking the ice during dinner conversation. You can deepen connections on any weeknight. When you’re gathered around for a family meal or lounging in the living room, these conversation starters are your key to unlocking fascinating dialogues and memorable moments with your loved ones. Now is the perfect time to jump in and start talking!

1. Dream Destinations

Kick off with a fun question “If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be and why?”

This opens up a world of imagination, revealing each family member’s favorite place and aspirations. Discuss the most interesting thing about these destinations to make the conversation even more engaging.

2. Dinner Table Delights

Around the dinner table, ask, “What’s the best thing you ate today?” or “What’s your favorite restaurant?” 

Explore more by discussing the best piece of advice you’ve ever received about table manners or tell them about where you and your best friend always meet for lunch.

3. Movie Magic

“Which movie is your all-time favorite and what do you love about it?”

This topic is a great way to explore favorite movies. It leads to interesting conversations about shared experiences and even the craziest thing that happened to you at a movie theater.

4. Book Club Bonding

“Which book has impacted you the most and why?”

Expand by asking about the great book someone else recommended or the hardest thing about finishing a captivating book.

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5. Musical Memories

“What song holds special memories for you?”

This question can lead to sharing about the last time that song played during a significant moment or how it makes your world a better place. You may even end up serenaded by your own private musical performance if you’re lucky.

6. Time Travel Talks

“If you had a time machine, where and when would you go?”

Explore deeper by asking what important things from the past they would bring back or the most interesting historical figure they’d like to meet. This can spin off into a family activity where you research clothing, transportation, and current events of the time frame they mentioned. 

7. Tradition Tales

“What’s your favorite family tradition?”

Discuss and understand why this tradition makes your nuclear family feel like a whole, or how it compares to extended family traditions. If your kids mention a favorite thing about a tradition, take note of it and play that element up big time next time you celebrate that holiday.

8. Wealthy Wonders

“If you became the richest person overnight, what would you do?” 

Discuss the most important thing you’d change in the world and the best place you’d visit as the new billionaire. Of course this is an opportunity to inject your family values into the conversation ensuring your kids think about others and not just themselves as the richest person in the world.

9. Dream Home Designs

“Describe your dream house.” 

Ask about the furniture they would include in this dream house or who would be living with them. Don’t dull the conversation with practicalities like saying an idea can’t be done, their creativity is a good thing.

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10. Sports Stories

“What’s your favorite sport to watch or play and why?” 

Expand the conversation by discussing the skills they learned through sports or their favorite sport-related childhood memory.

11. Childhood Chronicles

“What’s your earliest memory or favorite game from childhood?” 

Explore the nicest thing someone did for them in their early years or their favorite elementary school memory. The biggest challenge here is for parents to make their stories relatable to your child’s present day life.

12. First Job Journeys

“What was your first job and what did it teach you?” 

Discuss the hardest thing about their first job and how it shaped their view on work and life.

13. Daily Delights

“What’s one small thing that made you happy today?” 

This can lead to a conversation about the best thing that happens regularly and how small joys make life a better place. Practicing gratitude daily is a good way to shift everyone’s mindset toward positivity.

14. Family History Hunt

“Share an interesting fact about our family history.” 

Encourage them to think about the most important thing they’ve learned from older family members or the best story passed down through generations. Old people stories can seem a little boring but they are a gold mine of information and love.

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15. Island Imagination

“If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you take?” 

Ask about the grossest thing they’d be willing to eat for survival or the best survival skill they possess. This question will really give you insight as to who’s pragmatic and who has a hard time with hypothetical questions.

16. Laughter Lines

“What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you recently?” 

This could lead to sharing the best joke they heard or the hardest time they laughed with a good friend.

17. Advice Archives

“What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?” 

Expand this by asking about the most important thing this advice has helped them achieve or how it made their life better.

18. Celebrity Chat

“If you could meet any famous person, who would it be and why?” 

Explore further by discussing the best quality of this famous person or what thought-provoking questions they would ask them.

19. Would You Rather _____ or ______

“Would you rather walk around with a poop emoji over your head or carry a quacking duck with you everywhere?” 

In honor of my daughter Charleigh I want you all to enjoy the absurd antics of would you rather questions from your children. Your child may ask you which cartoon character you would rather be or which tv show you would watch forever on repeat. These questions can get real bizarre but the best questions in my opinion are the ones that are truly possible scenarios.

These conversation starters are things to talk about with family. They’re actually gateways to understanding, laughter, and creating moments that turn into cherished memories. Use them to spark interesting conversations and deepen your family connections, one chat at a time.

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Further Reading: Family Games You Can Play at Home

Enriching Family Bonds With Things to Talk About

I’m often struck by just how close my family is when compared to other families in our social circles. We talk a lot. There is never a build up of stories to regurgitate on the weekend because we keep the conversation flowing all week long. Sometimes we just ask about the weirdest thing they smelled that day and other times we ask the right questions that lead to real deep conversations.

So, next time you find yourselves together, use these starters to spark engaging, interesting conversations that go beyond small talk. Watch as they transform your family evenings into a time of connection and joy. 

I hope this article has inspired you to cherish and nurture your family bonds, one conversation at a time. 

Here’s to family, to conversations that matter, and to making every moment together count!

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  • Veronica Hanson

    Veronica Hanson blogs from whatever country she happens to be in at the time, currently she's hanging out in Japan. She's been living as a nomad remote entrepreneur with her family since 2020.

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