Tuesday, February 23, 2016

101 Conversation Starters for Families by Gary Chapman and Ramon Presson (book review)

I really like to talk. It can alleviate awkwardness, draw people closer, find common ground. However much I like to talk, I'm not great at starting a conversation or holding one on my own. Therefore, I appreciate books like "101 Conversation Starters for Families" by Gary Chapman and Ramon Presson.
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I've tried to use these questions at supper time when conversation beyond "how was your day" or highs/lows wanes. Which, at our house, is often, to be honest. We have one who is not much of a conversationalist most times and one who is more often than not pouting and one who is still learning the art of babbling.

I really like questions that dig into people - who are they, what do they love. There are some of those questions in here and some other, fluffy ones that also can help look into one's being:

- If you had a magic wand and could change anything in your life right now, what would it be? (our pouty guy actually said his bad attitude. ha!)

- What is something that would be hard for you to share?

- What is your favorite television commercial? (I know my kids would say Puppymonkeybaby)

- Recall a time when you were really embarrassed.

And many more. There are 101 in here, as the title says! That's 101 conversations you can start with your family. I think it's just amazing what you can learn about your children or spouse or friends when you just ask random questions. I have a few girl friends who are really good about random question-asking. Now I can be too (if I remember any of them off the top of my head).

Disclaimer: I received this book in order to write an honest review. All opinions are my own and may differ from others' opinions. 

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