10 Great Teen and Tween Conversation Starters and Table Topics

Do you ever feel like conversing with your teen is like talking to a slouching, eye-rolling, well-coiffed mute? If so, you are not alone.

Many parents frequently have one-way conversations with their children. Most of the time parents are trying to engage their teens or tweens in conversation, but the discussion is one-sided.

This is only inflamed when family discussions end up being about logistics or unimportant issues like weekend schedules or meals. I call this typical parenting communication trap a “nonversation.”

What is being said not only lacks meaning, but also nothing is really being shared between the participants. In this way, both parties leave the nonversation feeling empty, frustrated and alone.

One way parents can prevent nonversations is by having table topics and conversation starters at meal times and while driving. Here are a few of my favorites that parents and adults can use with teens (or teens can use these table topics and conversation starters with each other!):

1. If you could be amazingly talented in one sport, which one would you choose?

2. Who is the most successful person you know?

3. What celebrity would play you in a movie?

4. What do you wish you were better saying no at?

5. What is one thing you regret?

6. What do you want to be remembered for?

7. If you could buy one totally frivolous item, what would it be?

8. If you could be a character from any book which one would pick?

9. If you could take a trait from the other gender, which would you choose?

10. Who in the room would survive longest during caveman times?

I love all of these conversation starters and so will teens and tweens.

If you want even more, check out Part I of this post with 20 questions you can use to talk to your teens: 20 Teen and Tween Conversation Starters and Table Topics

Add your conversation starters in the comments!

The Radical Family Workbook and Activity Journal is for Parents, Kids and Teens

Vanessa Van Petten and 20 of her teen interns wrote this family workbook to give parents real advice and bonding activities that will actually work! In this series, we put together 30 sessions worth of challenges and activities to help your family re-start, re-energize and re-connect.

In each session, families will get a set of challenges, materials and action steps to do for about 30 minutes. Families can work through the Radical Family Workbook at their own pace! You could do a session every day or one every three months! This is for families with children of all ages. Younger children can even participate in many of the activities and family bonding times.


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