Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Table Talk by John and Tina Bushman

Table Talk helps families establish healthy lines of communication through fun and insightful questions. It gives parents a tool to get their kids talking and to help parents teach values in an informal way. As children develop a pattern of talking with their parents about a wide range of topics, they will be able to turn to their parents in times of great need. As our kids are “dished up” and “served” many positive and negative values each day from so many different sources, family discussions can help children learn their family’s values and expectations more clearly. Getting families talking-and talking about what really matters. That's what Table Talk does.
My Review:
I really liked the idea behind Table Talk and the layout of the book with fun and serious questions and quotes on every page, but I knew the real test would be me attempting to use it for a worthwhile discussion at dinnertime with four boys.
I have to say that it went very well. One of the nights we even had friends over (four extra teenagers) and they joined in the discussion too. There were a few questions that my boys rolled their eyes at (this in no way reflects the quality of the questions, just boys trying to look tough for their brothers) but most of the questions got a great response. I could've done a better job of studying a few questions each night and starting discussions (or making my husband be involved) but I usually just hauled out the book and started reading. My lazy approach still worked so that must tell you that the book is doing it's job!
I would recommend this book to families, it was a great reminder for me to not just run around being the dinner lady but to sit down and chat with my boys about a variety of topics. I really appreciate that I was asked to review this book.


  1. I'm glad your family enjoyed using Table Talk. And that you were successful in getting teenaged boys to talk! It wouldn't be an authentic family dinnertime if there weren't a few eye rolls, right? :) Thank you so much for your review!


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