Being in an office setting reminds me of how creating conversation glues a team together. Today officially we are changing our dinner topics to simply Conversation Topics until we think up a snappy title. Conversation Topics is a bit boring but it’s what we got until something better rolls in.
So here we go Traditions are they the back bone of families? The thing that carries from generation to generation and makes each family or group unique? Something they call their own? We cut down Christmas tree’s each year going back to the same tree lot and it feel as if this is special to our family and our family alone. 100’s of other families are cutting down tree’s but not the way we do it.
We stop for pizza at Savoy’s we get this pizza once a year and it’s only when we go to cut our tree down. In fact it is built into this tradition so strongly we only go to Savoy’s on this tree cutting down day. It’s the best pizza around and each year we savor it with our tree waiting in the parking lot. So many other little things fill this day for our family. I hope my kids will stop at Savoy’s with their kids and remember year after year our tree waiting in the parking lot for us to finish dinner.
Conversation topic of the week for kids: What is a tradition? Name a few traditions you do in your family. Which one is your favorite?
Conversation topic of the week for Adults: What is the oldest tradition your family has. One that your great great grandparents may have passed down? How can you ensure traditions get passed down that are important to your family?
Conversation Topic of the week for Teens: Does your school have any traditions? What are they? Why do you think they have survived so many years? What is your favorite Holiday Tradition?
If you are not a eating at the dinner table type of a family than use car time to talk. Talk talk and talk some more! Talking actually creating conversation at the dinner table is becoming a thing of the past. Talking with you children each time you sit down for dinner teaches them that talking to Mom or Dad is easy and fun. This dinner talk with children will grow and you will teach them how to communicate or confide in adults so when they have a question or problem they naturally can talk about it. For adults it makes life more interesting, it builds a relationship and it’s fun. Sitting down, as a family, to have dinner together is a thing of the past.
In fact, according to a survey by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, the number of U.S. families who do eat dinner together is actually on the rise. Families who eat together have better overall nutrition. The kids get better grades in school and are less likely to take drugs, smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol than those from families who rarely eat dinner together. But perhaps the biggest benefit of eating family dinners is that parents are fully engaged with their kids. Not sure how to get your kids to open up? Use Eat Create Design’s daily dinner topic to get things started.