Getting Families Talking at Mealtimes
I am moving house and uncovering all sorts of treasure as we clear out and pack up. This week, hidden in the shed, I uncovered a disc of some filming I did way back in 2009 when I first started Fink. It was wonderful to watch the footage again and to be reminded how we started out.
I had made our home made conversation cards into a product to help families create fun family mealtimes.
Mealtimes had given my own family more than just food. The time we spent together around the table had nurtured our relationships, created strong bonds and enabled my children to develop great communication skills. It was a place where we connected every single day, where we explored the ups and downs of daily life and where we ate good food.
I am still as passionate about family mealtimes today as I was then and still believe that this one action has the power to positively impact society. Family mealtimes can create stronger, more connected families, while enabling children to become confident communicators.
A lot has changed since then, in addition to families we now publish conversation cards for education, health, social care and organisations, and instead of just one pack of cards we now have over 50 covering a wide range of topics. We have certainly come a long way – all thanks to skills learnt around the dining table.
Good conversation starts with a great question, here are a couple for you to ask your family this evening…
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