A few days ago I shared about the #darkfordinner campaign, where Dixie is encouraging families to go technology free for Sunday dinner.
So, you’ve decided to ditch the electronics at dinner time (yippee!) but now what?
Our family loves to play games during dinner. They spark interesting conversations, keep us laughing and usually make us think at least a little.
On Sunday, June 14, Dixie launched a movement called #DarkforDinner, encouraging families to be more present in the moments that matter most and spend more meaningful time together, especially during dinner. In order to really appreciate the company of your family during dinner, the #DarkForDinner movement asks those participating to turn off all cell phones, televisions, computers or other electronic devices to ensure the time together is distraction free.
We know that family time is vital and when we can dedicate time to sitting with our families sans technology it gives each family member the time and attention that they deserve. That’s why I’ve rounded up a few free printables that’ll help make your next family dinner just a little more fun.
Visit themeasuredmom.com for these free printables that you can print out (ahead of time, of course! remember: no technology during dinner time) and take turns asking each other.
This post from idealistmom.com has free printable cards that are great conversation starters, using the theme “What Would You Do?”, where she offers scenarios in which you discuss ethical decision making. When you have everyone together at the same time it’s a great opportunity to have these open discussions. Does it sound awkward? It may be a little, at first. But let’s be straightforward: if you don’t teach them these lessons then who will?
These printables from myjoyfilledlife.com aren’t free, but they’re only 2.99 and they’re adorable. This set of downloadable, printable cards contains 96 cards – 64 conversation starters cards & 34 blank cards so you can make up your own questions that are unique to your own family.
How adorable are these free printables? They even come with a cute label that you can put on the front of the jar. These are free to email subscribers at howdoesshe.com.
This one is a bit more time consuming, but it’d be especially fun during a family gathering when you have some time to prep ahead of time. It’s clipart that you can print off and fill in with trivia about different family members.
From the Martha Stewart website, “I can’t remember a Thanksgiving where everyone was so engaged in the conversation. It brought the new in-laws into the fold, as they learned about the family they had joined. And it brought all the generations together — instead of playing on their own, the kids were laughing at the table along with the aunts, uncles, parents, and grandparents as we rehashed our pasts.”
Ready to play along with us? Use #DarkForDinner to let us know how your technology-free dinner experience goes!