With the kids back at school this week and all of their after school activities starting as well, our household quickly becomes a blur of activity.

As a consequence, we try to make sure that we have breakfast together as a family so that we can start the day right.

As a part of this ritual, we read the bible, ask a question, go around the table so that everyone gets a chance to answer and then pray together.  It’s a simple process that helps us to get to know each other better, establish important principles and build positive and resilient mindsets for the day ahead.

If you’re looking for some sample questions, here are 10 to get you started:

  1. What are you looking forward to most today?
  2. What are you grateful for at the moment?
  3. What’s been the highlight of the week/month/year so far?
  4. How are you planning to help or encourage someone today?
  5. What are you most proud of from the past week?
  6. What memory makes you smile?
  7. What have you learned recently?
  8. What recent challenge have you overcome?
  9. Who should you say “thanks” to today?
  10. What do you enjoy most about being in this family?

Of course, there are a lot of different questions that you can use, but I hope that these are helpful.  Don’t ask them all at once, one at a time will do.

It may take a while for everyone to feel comfortable sharing, but eventually, I hope that each person in your family finds their voice and feels confident in responding freely.

Do you have any suggestions on questions to get the conversation started over breakfast?