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101 Conversation Starters for Families Paperback – April 1, 2012
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101 Conversation Starters for Families
One of the signs of a healthy family is open and meaningful communication. But how do you find something the whole family can talk about . . . together? Marriage and family experts Gary Chapman, author of The 5 Love Languages, and Ramon Presson bring you 101 questions to facilitate this process.
- If you could ask God a question, what would you ask?
- Complete this sentence: “I feel especially close to you when . . .”
- About trading places:
- Children: I think the best part about being a grown-up would be . . .
- Parents: I think the best part about being a kid would be . . .
About the Author
RAMON PRESSON, PhD, a licensed marriage & family therapist, has been in practice for 30 years and is the founder of LifeChange Counseling and Marriage Center of Franklin www.LifeChangeCS.org. He is a newspaper columnist; and with a dozen books in print he is the most published practicing therapist in Tennessee. He is a charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. From 1989 to 2004 Presson served as an assistant pastor in large churches in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. Ramon has had the unique privilege to serve on staff with and later co-author several books with Dr. Gary Chapman. He is currently co-authoring the teen edition of When Will My Life Not Suck? Authentic Hope for the Disillusioned with his 17-year-old son, Cameron. Ramon and his wife, Dorne, have been married for 28 years, have two sons, and live outside Nashville. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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The majority of the questions are not conducive to much conversation. For example:
What is your favorite toy? Favorite candy?
Which country would you like to go on vacation to?
Pick one of the following aromas that makes you say "Aaahhh"? (coffee, leather, fresh baked brownies, fresh cut Christmas tree, etc.)
Of whom would you like to have an autographed photo?
There were only a few questions that triggered some fun conversation at our table:
What are some things that should go in a time capsule that will be opened 100 years from now?
Pick any room in your home. Using your imagination, how would you like to remodel, redecorate, and/or furnish the room?
I prefer a card format as it is easier to store and transport around. We enjoy the Table Topics To Go card sets. The cost is double of this book and has half the number of questions but the cards are very heavy duty and contained in a strong plastic case. But again, the majority of the questions are too simple to answer.
I also recommend Pocket Ungame. The questions are far more probing and stimulating of discussion. It has a wonderful mix of light-hearted questions with serious topics.
I am looking for conversation starters that are more opinion oriented regarding issues and ethics in order to get my kids thinking for themselves and listening to others' ideas that may differ from their own. Any suggestions other than writing my own?