Inside: Here are the 150 best conversation starters for couples according to experts who study happy relationships. Bonus: These questions for couples are actually fun.
Every evening, my husband makes dinner while I bounce our youngest on my hip and field the older kids’ requests – the 11-year-old needs me to sign a field trip form, the first grader wants to know how to spell “donuts,” and the preschooler asks for a pre-dinner snack, doesn’t like my answer, and throws an epic tantrum.
In between all that, my husband and I do our best to keep a grown-up conversation going.
He’ll be telling me about something frustrating that happened during his day, but with all the interruptions, I end up saying, “What was that?” approximately 57 times just to understand one story.
Or I’ll be explaining how in the school pickup line, one car looked broken down – then when I drove past it, I looked over and saw the dad in the driver’s seat catching up on some apparently much-needed sleep. But I never get to the punch line because two of the kids decide to have a screaming contest.
So most of the time, we just give up on grown-up conversation until it’s time to sit down to dinner.
But You Know How That Goes…
At dinner, we bring out some special conversation starters so we can reconnect with the kids.
This little set of family conversation starters is our number one favorite trick for getting our whole family talking, thinking, and laughing together.
And all that is awesome, except for one thing.
When dinner is over, my husband and I still haven’t been able to reconnect as a couple and have a grown-up conversation without the kids interrupting.
I’m a mom of four, a Certified Parent Educator, and the author of Happy You, Happy Family. I believe if you want to nurture a loving parent-child relationship that will last into the teenage years and beyond, the time for nurturing that kind of relationship is now. As a bonus for joining my weekly newsletter, download my free cheat sheet of 75 Positive Phrases Every Child Needs to Hear, plus three important pitfalls to avoid when encouraging your child with positive phrases.