Beneath those masks, emotions may be broiling; anger, fear, resentment. Gathered at the dining room table, families can discuss those things – or create a sanctuary for discussing anything but.
Thought Sharing – #166
If you are a family that comes together at dinner time, you are creating a wonderful forum for thought sharing. What do you discuss over dinner? Same old stuff?
You may want to think about some provocative questions to ask. See what’s really on the minds of your kids, or the other adults in your home and see how they view things.
What if you asked mature adults, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” How would you answer that question? Or ask family members, “What do you see when you look out our front window?” You may be amazed at the array of responses from people who are looking at exactly the same thing.
Ask what your family members notice first when they meet a man or woman. Ok, so there may be grounds for some fun too.
Keep your mealtime interesting and imaginative. It could become your favorite time of day.
Choose the time and place for hard discussions. But don’t avoid them by assuming all is well. That’s how families can get in trouble.