40 Family Questions to Ask at the Dinner Table

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No matter how busy we are, dinner time is always a place where we know we can connect and catch up on the day as a family.

The dinner table is a great place to learn more about our kids, their likes, their friends, their concerns and their dreams. On the flip side, it’s an incredible opportunity for them to see their parents interact and laugh.

Asking these open-ended questions is a sure way to connect as a family!

  1. If you could make one rule that everyone in the world had to follow, what rule would you make and why?

  2. Why do you think mommy & daddy love you?

  3. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would you pick?

  4. Would you rather wear your shoes on the wrong feet or wear your pants backwards?

  5. If you could change one rule that our family has, what would you change?

  6. What is something that makes our family special?

  7. If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?

  8. Would you rather be the world’s best skateboarder or surfer?

  9. If you had to give all of your toys away, who would you give them to?

  10. What do you think your first job will be?

  11. Would you rather go to space or to the bottom of the ocean?

  12. What is the best gift you have ever given? Why was it so special?

  13. What is the best thing about your best friend?

  14. If you were your teacher, what would you do differently in your classroom?

  15. Would you rather skydive or scuba dive?

  16. If our family was going to start a new weekly or monthly tradition, what do you think we should do?

  17. Would you cheat on a test if you knew you wouldn’t get caught? Why or why not?

  18. If you had $20, what would you do with it?

  19. What do you like better: going to bed or waking up?

  20. Would you rather be bald or covered from head to toe in hair?

  21. What’s your favorite season?

  22. What’s something you look forward to all day?

  23. If you could eat one food every day, what would it be?

  24. What’s your most embarrassing moment?

  25. What do you want to be when you grow up?

  26. If you had one wish, what would it be?

  27. Who do you want to pray for and why?

  28. What was your high of the day and your low of the day?

  29. If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?

  30. What is one of your best qualities?

  31. If you could choose any way to spend a family night at home, what would you do?

  32. If you could go on a date with mom & dad, where would we go & why?

  33. What is your earliest memory?

  34. If you could receive a gift card to any place, where would you want it to be to?

  35. Would you rather live in a country that was too hot all the time or freezing cold all the time?

  36. What do you love about our home?

  37. What’s something you have to do every day, but don’t like doing?

  38. Do you think you’ll get married one day and if so to who?

  39. Can you do your best impression of mommy & daddy interacting with one another?

  40. Would you rather learn every musical instrument or every language?

Bonus Tips

  • Print out all of the questions on strips of paper, put them in a jar with a cute label (maybe Family First, Jar of Joy, Dinner Time = Family Time, etc.) and then pull one strip out per night.

  • Parents: Tell your kids how proud you are of them and why! Do this often because they need to hear it from you.

  • During family dinners, tell the person to your right one reason why you love them.


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Written by Meygan Caston 

Meygan Caston is the co-founder of Marriage365 and lives in sunny Southern California with her husband Casey, their two children, and dog Hobie. She loves her family, the beach, writing, spa days, and helping couples connect in their marriage. Her life long dream is to live with the Amish for a month, walk the Camino, and have lunch with Brené Brown.


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