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Gather around. It’s dinner time!

Getting to know your child and connecting with them can often be a challenging task. Even at a very young age, parents can deepen their relationship with their child and create a strong foundation for the future. Today, we are sharing five conversation starters to get the ball rolling at dinner tonight!




  1. Start with the Tadpoles app, The Malvern School’s parent/teacher digital communication tool. Briefly review the activities that your child experienced throughout the day and ask specific questions. “Gregory, I heard you did spin art today at school. That sounds like fun! What colors did you use to swirl the paint?”
  2. Ask general questions about feelings and give specific examples. “Who was happy today? Mommy was happy when Sara gave her a hug when she got home. Sara, what made you happy today?”
  3. Explore favorite activities, books, colors or songs and ask why it is their favorite. “Daddy’s favorite song is ‘The Wheels on the Bus!’ He likes when the kids go up and down. Timmy, what is your favorite song?”
  4. Bring your family or friends into the conversation. “Grandpa really likes to watch football, doesn’t he? Do you know who his favorite team is? What color is their jersey? Do they have a mascot?”
  5. Think ahead and have a character or values topic planned. “Mary, do you know what it means to be generous? Being generous means that you are happy to give something to someone else who is in need. Can you tell me about a time you were generous?”

The opportunities to spark conversations with your children are endless! We hope you get started tonight and begin a family tradition around the dinner table.


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