Family is Relative
A family meal together is a great way to connect with your children about how they feel about their family. Here are some suggestions for the family discussion at mealtime to discover how your children view family.
Table Topics Questions
What does it mean to be a family?
TIP: Listen carefully as your children define family.
Families encourage one another and as your children share, encourage them. Find the good in their definition of what it means to be a family and repeat it to them. As they hear you, it will reinforce their meaning of family.
Thank them for sharing their response. This will ensure that you will have more conversations around the dinner table.
Why is family important?
TIP: Family is important and you are showing your children that they are important as you listen to them and encourage them. Whatever their response, they are communicating the importance of family. And, you are already confirming that importance by starting the conversation.
Conclude the conversation by agreeing with them that family IS important.
Who is your favorite relative and why?
TIP: Listen to why they chose that particulare relative. Then, consider the character qualities of that relative and why they are important to your child.
If it is possible, suggest inviting that relative to enjoy a FreshTake meal with your family and let your child invite them.
Strengthening family ties with extended family will help your children make healthy relationship choices as they mature.
Your children’s view of family is important. Whether you have a large, close family or a small distant one, use this discussion around the table to discover what family means to your children and encourage them to share their feelings. Remember, regardless of the form of your family — you are a family. Conclude your discussion with a positive story of your own idea of the importance of family.