Tabletopics: A Resource for Family Dinners
You may remember that a while back, I talked about our attempt to guide our conversation at the dinner table to relationship-building topics. I highlighted a bunch of different free printable cards and lists of dinner questions from around the mom blog circuit.
Today, I’m excited to share with you Tabletopics.
This company focuses on creating sets of questions that focus on different audiences- families, couples, teenagers, college students, foodies, etc. The questions come in a pretty glass cube that doubles as a table decoration (at least it does in our house!) or in a lightweight plastic on-the-go container.
Last night at dinner we got the question, “what makes a bad loser and are you one?” We are a family that produces incredible competitive children (much to our chagrin), so this allowed for some great conversation about a relevant heart issue, but in a way that was nonthreatening. I was surprised to hear my son, in particular, talk about it in a emotionally-neutral way. Typically when we’re talking about competition, it’s after a huge competitive outburst that is colored with the emotions of the moment.
The kids really enjoy the questions too- as soon as we pray before the meal, they’re eager to get started on the questions. We typically go through 2-3 questions per meal. We make sure to give each person a chance to answer the question, and they are free to pass if they want. It’s fun for the kids to hear about our childhood experience and it’s a good way to hear about things going on at school that wouldn’t come up in normal conversation.
As for the Kids Travel Size Edition, as soon as I received it in the mail, I popped it into my purse. I wasn’t sure exactly when I’d use it, but thought if it was in there, the right time would present itself.
It definitely did! We enjoyed these while waiting in the line at the grocery store, in the car, outside at a picnic, and in the school pick up line… basically anytime we had to wait! Today I used it to distract the kids from their argument… when I picked up the kids from school, we had some serious cranky kids in the backseat, arguing over whether Asante said, “Let’s listen to ‘Do You Want to Make a Snowman’?” or “Let’s listen to ‘Do you Want to Build a Snowman?” so I interrupted, asked if this was an important conversation they were having. If it’s not, how about we ask one of the questions? They both said, “Sure!” Thank you, Jesus.
I totally get why this made Oprah’s Favorite Things List. The questions are all really creative, perfect for the target audience, and in just the right packaging.
This is going on my Pinterest board of great gift ideas– a perfect “whole family” gift!