OWL (Offer of Wise-Minded Learning): Family Dinner Games
One reason family dinners fall by the wayside is that teens often bring their foul moods to the dinner table. Next time, try playing the game “Two Truths and a Lie” as a way for family members to share something from their day. Each person shares two things that truly happened to them that day — plus one big, artful lie — and everyone has to guess which is which. As corny as it sounds, even grown teens have fun with this one (maybe because they love to manufacture outrageous lies!). Alternatively, try “High/Low” (share the high and low points of the day) or “Three Good Things” (that happened to you today), but teens often need something a little more rowdy to get them engaged. It would be great to hear them wax eloquent about the literature they are reading for English class, but you might have to settle for their descriptions of “The World’s Strictest Parents” and letting them laugh at parents like you.
Read more about “The Importance of the Family Dinner” in Wise-Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials for Raising Successful Tweens + Teens, in chapter 7: Physical Health.