A typical conversation around my dinner table sounds something like this:
Daddy to preschooler: How was your day today?
Mommy to preschooler: Did you have fun at gymnastics class?
Mommy to preschooler: What was your favorite part?
Preschooler: I liked jumping on the trampoline. I also liked swinging from the rings.
Daddy to preschooler: That sounds like fun! What else did you do today?
Preschooler: Ate a grilled cheese sandwich and played with cars.
[More baby squeals!]
And on and on.
Do you see a trend here?
In every part of the conversation, a grown-up is asking a question and the child is answering it. Back and forth, back and forth—a tennis game of sorts between bites of pasta and sips of water.
There’s nothing inherently wrong about this scene, of course; what’s most important is that we’re engaging in regular family dinners and using that time to catch up and connect.