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10 Conversation Starters for Families

Families spend a lot of time together over the holidays – in the car, at the table, in line at the store. For parents, these are perfect opportunities to get kids talking, at least after you’ve had a little quiet. It’s fun, it fills the time, and it can help you understand them better. Plus, research suggests that talking with your kids regularly can actually help them in school.

Sometimes, though, it’s hard to know where to start, so we’ve compiled 10 prompts to get the conversation flowing:

  1. If you were the principal of your school for one day and could change anything you wanted, what would it be?
  2. Would you rather ____ or ____? Pick imaginative choices. For example, would you rather have the ability to fly or to walk through walls? Eat only pizza for a year or only waffles for a year?
  3. If you could rent a time machine for one day, where would you go with it?
  4. The holidays include a lot of strange traditions. If you had the power to make everyone start practicing a brand new (and strange) tradition, what would it be?
  5. If you got to pick one skill to download to your brain in a few minutes, like in the Matrix, what would you choose?
  6. Imagine you could live during any time in history you wanted. Which time or era would it be?
  7. If you could visit the world of one of your favorite books or movies, which would it be?
  8. It’s 100 years from now. You’ve come back to visit your childhood home. What do you think would look different about our street and what would be the same?
  9. What’s something you would like to learn within the next year?
  10. If someone wrote a book about you and your life, what would the title be (and it can’t just be your name)?