Dinnertime Questions To Ask Your Tweens & Teens

Dinnertime Questions To Ask Your Tweens & Teens

It happened the other night… We instituted our new rule about putting phones away at the dinner table. And then we sat there. We’ve lost the ability to start a conversation with the kids without scrolling through social media, pulling news headlines, or looking at their grades and classroom updates in their school’s app. And the kids were also at a loss. So we’ve compiled a list of starter questions, just to get the ball rolling….

FUN WARNING: You may get some eye rolls, but if you make a habit of instituting some of these (or even turn it into a game), you may ALL end up having a great time! To make a game, print this blog post out, cut the questions into strips, and keep a bowl of questions on the table. You can all take turns pulling out the strips!


  • Who is your favorite band or musician?
  • What is your favorite book? Why?
  • What is your favorite thing to do outside?

School & Education

  • What is your favorite class? Why?
  • Is there a language you want to learn?
  • What would you like to learn more of in school?
  • What was something that made you laugh today at school?


  • What’s the most embarrassing thing I do (a parent needs to ask this one)?
  • What is your favorite family tradition?
  • What is your favorite family activity/event?
  • What’s your favorite family recipe?
  • What is your favorite childhood memory?
  • What is your earliest/first childhood memory?

The Future

Granted, if you drill too much with these questions, they may feel like they’re on a job interview…

  • What do you see yourself doing in 5 years? 10 years? After college?
  • What do you wish you knew how to do that you can’t right now?
  • Do you think you are a procrastinator? Why?
  • If you could be famous, would you? What would you want to be known for?
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • What is your biggest goal in life?
  • What is your dream job?

Totally Random

  • What’s your favorite thing to do when you feel bored?
  • Who is your favorite superhero?
  • What was your last dream you can remember about?
  • Do you believe in soulmates and true love? Love at first sight?
  • What makes you laugh?
  • If you could go back in time to any point in history, where would you go and why?
  • What’s your favorite game to play?
  • What is your biggest pet peeve?
  • Who is the funniest person you know? Why?
  • What do you think the most about during the day?
  • Who do you think knows you best?
  • If you could pick your own name, what name would you pick for yourself?
  • If you won the lottery, how would you spend the money?
  • If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
  • What would be your perfect day?
  • What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
  • What are three things you are grateful for today?
  • If you could own any single object that you don’t have now, what would it be?
  • If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
  • What’s the best thing about being your age right now?

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