Connect with Your Family

New Habits in the New YearHas your dinnertime just become part of the rush of the day? I feel like it should be a time for us to sit down, give thanks, and connect as a family. Unfortunately, it is often a rushed affair with some bickering, several different conversations going on, and perhaps the TV in the background. This year I would love to make a conscious effort to have dinnertime be a relaxing time when we all feel like we are able to speak and listen to one another.

The Family Dinner Box of Questions is a great new centerpiece to our dinner table. Now we can go around and answer questions such as

  • If you could have a wild animal from anywhere in the world as a pet, what animal would you choose?
  • What is your favorite smell in the whole world?
  • Which amusement park is your favorite and what is your favorite ride?

Aboxgirls.jpgs you can see, some of the questions could be answered by three-year-old Kyle, and almost all are relevant to nine-year old Amanda. I know that she enjoys asking and answering these questions, because it demonstrates to her that value her opinions. She also likes seeing different sides of Mom and Dad, so we get to see how much we know about each other.  When I asked the favorite smell question recently, Kyle jumped in quickly to answer for Daddy with “coffee!”

The Box Girls have designed cleverly packaged questions based on specific holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Passover), Girl’s Night, Slumber Party, and so many more. They also have a blog with some great posts answering sample questions from the various box sets.

Two readers will win the Family Dinner Box of Questions (or another box of your choice from their site). If you’d like to win, please leave a comment on this post, and check out the New Habits in the New Year guidelines at this main post.

Come back on January 9 to see if you have won. Please be sure that the email address that you provide is one that you check regularly, and also check your spam folder when the winners are announced if you see your name.

Comments

  1. says

    I’ve been trying for a while now to win one of the great boxes from The Box Girls. I’d love, love, LOVE to win, so please do count me in! Happy New Year to you & yours!

    Jennifer

  2. Cindi Hoppes says

    Another fantastic contest. Our family plays board games and such a lot. We have started a new tradition and every Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we play games for hours. I would love to add this game to our repertoire! Thanks very much…..Cindi

  3. says

    I would love to win this. I believe in family dinners, and make sure we have a least one meal together day. I love to sit with all of my four kids and husband to eat. My family would love this game.

  4. Sarah says

    I’d love to win this! My daughter’s a little young for this now but I can see using it for a long, long time!

  5. says

    This looks like a lot of fun. I have 14 and 8 year old boys. This could open up a whole can of questions! ;) hehehe Thanks for the opportunity!

  6. says

    What a novel idea for stimulating family conversation at the dinner table! I think the everyone would look forward to the daily question, and would hurry to the dinner table as soon as they were called!

  7. says

    Ok, I would LOVE to get my paws on THIS item! I am trying to make sure that our family has open lines of communication now so that when my daughter gets older, it is just habit. One thing that we have done is made Friday night a games night. We make our own pizza and play games after dinner.

    This product would be a welcomed addition in our household for sure!

  8. says

    With alot of my siblings getting older now, it’s hard to have a dinner together anymore….I think that this box of Q’s would definitely make them stick around for dinner!

  9. says

    Oh that would be a fantastic idea to use those to connect. I will be going back to school and 4 days a week our time at dinner will be limited what a great way to reconnect on the other 3 days a week!

  10. says

    This would be really fun to use for big family dinners with my in laws. Help get the conversation going on other things than the usual!

  11. Tara says

    I love the idea of these sets. The holiday versions are such a great idea for starting a new tradition. Plus the packaging is really cute.

  12. says

    Wow, my son will definitely enjoy playing this game. I also like that fact that it is educational and that the company will donate a percentage of the sales to CASA. Great cause!

  13. says

    These boxes are a great idea! And, I agree 100% about spending an un-rushed meal together everyday (some families work schedules do not permit that to be dinner, so maybe breakfast works best for them).

  14. jennifer callahan says

    Wow! What a fantastic idea. Lately everyone in my family wants to park in front of the tv. This Family Box Dinner of Questions sounds like something everyone would gather together at the dinner table to particpate in.

  15. says

    I would love the Family Box of Questions. WE have ask questions like that and it is a lot of fun, but sometimes I run out of questions. I hope I win.This is a great idea. Have a great 2008!!!!

  16. Tanya Moyer says

    what a GREAT idea! My husband, daughters and I make it a priority to try to have dinner together at home at least 5 times a week. These would make excellent conversation starters! Enter me in please! Thank you!

  17. says

    OH this looks great. This would be so great. I could grab this instead of a tub of ice cream! My family will love the questions! And then I won’t feel as guilty about eating dessert just before watching the Biggest Loser on Tv.

  18. says

    We always have dinner together and do a ‘what was your favorite part of the day’ question, but this would be great fun. Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. Anne says

    This is BRILLIANT!! So many families don’t have meals together today; really a brilliant and innovative idea!! My daughter and her kids could sure use this!!

  20. brandy says

    I would love this. I am Autistic so this would be a great way to get more invovled socially with my siblings!

  21. says

    This looks like something we would enjoy at our house. They girls love stuff like this. Count me in please. Thanks for offering this great giveaway.

  22. says

    That sounds so interesting! It might be just the ticket to get my boys to talk about something other than sports and music! LOL

  23. Lisa Elliott says

    This would be the perfect thing to take a my family reunion in July. The Girls Night Out would be perfect for our girls road trip in April. I could think of a few uses for several of the sets on their site. This is a great giveaway and I am so excited to enter!

  24. Jenny M says

    what a great idea- i think that my husband and i are too tired by the end of the day to get a conversation really started and this would be a great way to go

  25. says

    Um. I don’t think my chances of winning are very good, but count me in! It sounds cool. Even if I don’t win I’m going to have to get one.

  26. Peter S says

    Neat. I’ve been seeing a resurgence in these sorts of items. I think that even Chik-fil-a got into it recently with one of their Kid’s meal things – all sorts of discussion starting questions. Looking over the site, the Family one is the only one really relevant to our family at this point (at least with Christmas being passed for ~ a year).

  27. Carmen says

    Oh, this would help make dinner time less of a silent affairs. Cool product – I would love to win. Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Rachel says

    my kids are getting older so this would come in handy to help prevent the yes and no responses that we often get after a long day at school.

  29. says

    I LOVE THIS IDEA! I have a three year old and she is always wanting to leave the table. What a great way to get and keep her involved at the dinner table. Great, great idea!

  30. says

    I love LOVE your blog! I just found it a few days ago and I have already learned so much!! Anyhoo, these cards would do wonders for my dinner time experience, which now consists of my preschooler refusing to eat what I’ve given him, my husband arguing with my preschooler, and myself trying to eat as fast as I can so I can feed my infant! Pick me! Pick me!! :)

  31. shimmala says

    I’m always looking for creative ways to distract my girls from realizing they’re putting food in their mouths. Hope I win!

  32. Shari says

    I think the newest question in the Family Dinner Box should be: “OMG did I really win this??!!”
    Thanks for a great giveaway-and happy new year!

  33. Terra Heck says

    This would be so fun for the family to play. Our family enjoys playing board games and being silly. This would help with our imaginations and would be neat to see what answers we all come up with.

  34. Shawna says

    Oh I love this idea – especially the girl-friends and the girls night out boxes. My family already talks all the way through dinner but something like this might give new insight to what our kids think

  35. says

    Oooh, this is such a cool thing! I think after a diner this is a a wonderful item to pull out to continue the dinner calm. I’ve tried to win this for a while–it would be a blast to win!!

  36. Cindy S says

    What a great way to connect at dinner time. Sounds like a great prize. At dinner I feel as though we don’t talk as much as we should.

  37. Miranda Kuskie says

    My family would definitely benefit from this great set of conversation starters. What creative and fun questions to discuss over our meals!

  38. says

    Since we have four kids at the house as opposed to the usual one, dinner time has been a stressful event. This may be the perfect thing!

  39. zukppr says

    We have the Passover, Hanukkah, and Shabbat boxes and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them. I’d love to have another for everyday use :) I find that it really helps with communication, and, as my dd is teetering on the verge of adolescence, anything I can do to encourage the communication to stay open can only help. Right?

  40. Tari Lawson says

    What a nice idea for busy families to connect. I like the fact that the questions are appropriate for all ages as my boys are 6 and 13.

  41. Tricia Netzley says

    I would love to win this. We’re trying to get in the habbit of eating dinner together, ad this would help a lot.

  42. says

    This would be great to use in our family! We love ways to spark new conversations.

    Thanks for a chance to win!

    sharvey at connections-etc dot net

  43. says

    these sound like the kind of questions my son comes up with on a regular basis. The dinner box sounds like a great idea …. a way to communicate more around the table and not always get sucked into having the tv on in the background. I’d love to win this!

  44. april says

    These are so clever. It is an exciting way to get your friends & family connecting with each other. I hope I win one!
    April

  45. Teresa says

    This would be great, my 3 older kids LOVE to ask questions (often off the wall), so something like this would give me some ammo!

  46. Nell - Mama of 2 Boys says

    This would be my dream. I hope to win. What a wonderful idea. Even if I don’t win, I plan to use this idea.

  47. LindaW says

    Q: What’s the first thing you’d do if you won a prize giveaway?

    A: Share the news with friends and family, and ask them all to come play!

    :)

  48. Linda Denisen says

    This is the neatest idea! Not only would I like to win one, I’d like to have a few! And, what great gifts! I’m going to look over all of them right after I enter this contest and make a wish list for birthdays, holidays and for gifts.

  49. Sarah Paiva says

    Oh I would love to win this! We’re one of the many family’s on here that would actually use it..=D But I wouldn’t say no to your handbags either–they are soo cute(and useful for that matter)!

  50. says

    How fun this would be for our family!! Would love to win!
    Thank you for all of your fun contests and great recommendations to build stronger and more beautiful women!! :)

  51. Jodi says

    I would love to win this! We need some family time conversation starters…with a 15 year old and a 3 year old we need to bridge the gap.

  52. Elizabeth Ray says

    Sounds great! I generaly read to my kids at dinner (only time I can get them to sit still.) I’m curently reading the 6th Harry Potter. But this sounds wonderful!

  53. Deborah Rosen says

    The Family Dinner Box of Questions would make a great casual tool to get to know your kid’s friends; it’d also really set the tone for what’s important to your family and to set a standard of behavior for other kids visiting. Great idea!

  54. Tammy D. says

    This is such a great idea. Some of the best conversations our family had when I was young was around the dinner table. I would love for my girls to have fond memories like that one day too.
    Thanks!

  55. Suanne Giddings says

    I started a box of questions for the dinner table once upon a time… it worked well, but I ran out of ideas for conversation starters and just didn’t take time to sit down and add to it. I would love to get back into the conversations again! Thanks for having this contest.

  56. Renee Turner says

    Trying to connect with a teenage daughter who regularly snubs her stepdad, and my two year old toddler gets challenging if not impossible!

  57. nancy williams says

    i think the dinner game is a great way to set down at dinner and leave all the days work behind, and remember that the family is why you get up each day.

  58. Teresa Manning says

    My family has just started to sit together for dinner. This would be a great help for making this a long-standing tradition instead of another failed attempt at bonding.

  59. Lanae says

    This would be great. We always have dinner together, without the tv on. This would be a great way to keep the 15 year old from inhaling her food just to go back to her tv. Please enter me too!

  60. Betty C says

    Family time is so important and this looks like a great way to get everyone involved in positive conversation.

  61. Kimberly Murat says

    Oh my family would love this! Its great to find something that brings the family together at the dinner table!

  62. says

    Hello! I won this giveaway, emailed the person that was giving it away with my address, and have not received it yet. I am not sure how to locate her. . .can you help? Thanks!

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