Often, kids don't answer questions at dinner because we're not being specific enough. Instead of asking broad or yes-or-no questions, ask each person at the table about a particular event or emotion:
Parents should participate, too. The best way to show them what you want them to do is to do it yourself first. Even if your occupation is too complicated for them to understand at their ages, surely you did something today that they can understand.
You don't want them playing with their food, but that doesn't mean you can't play at the table. Write simple tasks on index cards (one per card). The tasks should only take a few seconds, and the kids should be able to do them without getting up. One person starts by drawing a card from the center of the table and completes the task; play then moves to the next person. Sample tasks include:
Remember: It's all about the communication. It's OK to get off-topic sometimes. The most important part is that you're learning about your kids.
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