20 Dinner Conversation Starters for Your Family

Make dinner interesting again with these 20 dinner conversation starters!

Does it feel like pulling teeth to get your kids to talk to you at dinner?

Do you barely get a response when you ask how their day was?

I’ve come across an awesome program that gives you some amazing dinner conversation starters to get some lively talks going… the kind that don’t end just because dinner does.

Be sure to check out even more of my helpful parenting tips, too!

Portrait of happy family having dinner at home

Personally, our dinner conversation was getting pretty stale.

My boys were throwing one-sentence responses and that was about it.

I couldn’t get them to tell me anything about their day.

They loved this idea so much they even ask what the question is before we even have a chance to sit down at the table.

Now that’s a hit in my books.

20 Perfect Dinner Conversation Starters for Your Family and Kids | Mommy Evolution

20 Dinner Conversation Starters for Your Family

We’ve had some pretty awesome conversations.

Some unbelievably silly and hysterical.

Others insightful and serious.

But all have been wonderful.

Perfect Dinner Conversation Starters

Here are my 20 favorite questions (reprinted with permission). Start with these questions as the perfect dinner conversation starters. Then sign up for Q4KIDZ below to get ongoing dinner conversation starters.

1. Your spaceship lands on a new planet. What are three things you’d tell the aliens about the planet you come from?

2. If our family invented a holiday, what would it be called and how would we celebrate it?

3. If you could walk into any book or story, which would it be and what would you do?

4. If you could get a thousand people to do one thing with you, what would it be?

5. What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done and why?

6. What’s your favorite thing to do for someone else that you know they like?

7. Imagine you live in a herd of animals. What’s a day in your life like?

8. What’s your most prized possession and why?

9. How would the world be different if cats and dogs could fly?

10. Can you come up with a new version of rock-paper-scissors?

11. If you could make up three new rules for our family, what would they be?

12. If your friend gets a haircut that you think looks terrible and asks for your honest opinion, what should you say?

13. Imagine you could replace any part of your body with part of an animal. Which would you choose? Why?

14. What’s something you wish you were really good at?

15. If you could invest any machine, what would it do and what would you use it for?

16. Would you rather have limbs that can stretch to infinity or be able to read minds? what would you do with your ability?

17. What’s your favorite thing about each member of our family?

18. If you could change one law, which would it be and how would you change it?

19. If you had to spend a summer living with a family from a book or movie, which family would you choose to live with and why?

20. 200 years ago, many people thought slavery was okay. What’s something most of us think is okay today that people 200 years from now will think is wrong?

Get Ongoing Conversation Starters for Dinner

Don’t you just love these questions?

If you need even more conversation starters, try these would you rather questions for kids as well as these adorable would you rather questions for kids. Or try these 60 kindness questions to ask kids!

They can completely change how your family connects and change the table talk.

If you have teenagers, consider the following If books series, which my husband and I just love.


    1. Yeah. Have fun. I was really surprised at just how lively our conversations got. And be sure to sign up for Q4KIDZ. My kids actually grab my phone before dinner to make sure we have the question of the day on hand 😀

    1. These questions have COMPLETELY changed our dinner conversation. To the point that we’re actually talking about the question the next day! Have fun and enjoy 😀

    1. Absolutely. And I hope you sign up for free Q4KIDZ. It’s proven to be an awesome resource for my family.

  1. These are awesome! I’d love to hear my kids answers to making up new family rules.

    1. I was quite surprised by some of the answers… and the fact that the conversation sometimes went to the next day! The kids even ask what the question of the day is if I don’t get to it. 🙂

  2. Great post Jenny! At the moment I am still teaching table manners to my 3 1/2 yr old and 18 month old. Most dinner times are monopolized by my daughter that can’t stop talking (EVER) and my 18 month old throwing food. It is impossible to have a conversation.

    My kids are a little young for a lot of these topics but I can see the reasoning behind it and can adjust those ideas to suit my young family.

    Thank you for sharing.

    1. LOL — It is completely that way… but it won’t be that way forever. Promise. And then you’ll be ready for these conversation starters 🙂

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