Some parents have asked me for some great conversations they can have at their dinner tables about the Powerful Word, trust. It’s a great idea to set aside time to talk about values and listen to what your children have to say. You can even put some questions on cards and put them in the middle of the table, have each person pick a card, read it, and answer. Or simply take turns answering the question around the table.
You can take the same principal and do “sentence stems.” This is when you start a sentence and have someone else finish it. It reveals how your family members think is a fun way.
Here are some examples of “Powerful conversation starters” and “Sentence stems” you can use to talk about trust and honesty.
- Is it ever alright to lie? Can you think of a time when you might have to lie? What would the rest of the family think about that?
- Is it ever alright to steal? Can you think of a time when you might have to steal? What would the rest of the family think about that?
- Who are the people, other than those in your family, who you trust the most? What makes you trust them?
- When was the last time that you showed someone that you are a trustworthy person?
- If someone breaks trust once, do you think he’ll do it again? Why or why not?
- When I make a promise…
- When someone tells me a secret…
- When someone trusts me I feel…
I’m sure you can think of your own Powerful Conversation Starters and Powerful Sentence Stems that you can bring to your dinner table. Sometimes you might find that you’ll go through many– other times you might find that an involved and interesting conversation comes from one little question.
Try it– and let us know the results!