Family Table Talkers

GET READY FOR SOME GREAT FAMILY TIME!

This page contains instructions on how to use Kidology's Family Table Talkers. Look under MONTHLY MOTTO to download or order.

Download PDF instructions to hand out to parents.

Fold your Table Talker sheet into a standing triangle and place where it will be seen and used, ideally where you gather to eat! Its purpose is to help provide some ideas to spark thoughtful conversation, add some fun to meal times, and provide some intentional activities for the month.

NOTE: The goal is NOT to accomplish everything on the Table Talker at a single meal. It is intended to provide material to last all month long. In today’s busy culture, we don’t get many meals together as a family. Use this tool to make the ones you do share together make a difference in your family and the world!



Every month has a theme and motto. This is intended to transcend meal times! Whether it is “Starting Over” in January, “Service” in July, or “Self-Control” in September, the themes and mottos are designed to help you throughout the month to focus on the topic.

Below are suggested monthly themes, but they are not dated
so you can use them any month of the year!

The current Table Talker will always be free to All Access Members.
Simply click on the current month to download it.
(Starter members and Guests can join today to download new Table Talkers for free.)

All other Table Talkers can be purchased individually or as a series in the Kidology Store.

Themes for Series 1: Themes for Series 2: Themes for Series 3:
January  Starting Over January  Prayer January  The Bible
February  Loving God February  Kindness February  Devotion
March  Respect March  Character March  Hope
April  Gentleness April  Trust April  The Gospel
May  Peace May  Joy May  TBA
June  Helpfulness June  Victory June  TBA
July  Service July  Gifts July  TBA
August  Forgiveness August  Fruit August  TBA
September  Doing Your Best September  Self-Control September  TBA
October  Friendship October  Worship October  TBA
November  Thankfulness November  Contentment November  TBA
December  Patience December  Wisdom December  TBA

How Pastor Karl introduced the Family Table Talkers in his own church:

Here is a quick overview of the elements for parents in order to explain their role and purpose:




All family members should put away or turn off their phones, tablets or whatever devices could interrupt human interaction and relational conversation at the meal time. You can say, “We’re going to engage in some ‘live chat’ right here at the table. No devices necessary.” Some discussion starters are provided, but feel free to make up your own, especially as they relate to the theme of the month.



This is a short devotional on the theme and motto of the month. Of course, feel free to expand on it with your own thoughts and input.



A memory verse is provided each month as a suggestion for the family to memorize, and yes, that means parents too. Consider some kind of fun prize for the one who learns it first. Kids love quizzing parents and it will help them learn it as well. The verse will always go with the theme and provides another opportunity for intentional guided conversation.



As you focus on the theme and motto for the month, at some meals use the Diggin’ Deeper section to explore the topic in more depth with input from God’s Word. Oh, and don’t use devices. Look these verses up in a good old fashioned print Bible. It’s good for kids to see and use a Bible to get a better understanding of God’s Word.



The Family Challenge is an opportunity for your family to challenge each other to do something BOLD and CRAZY to make a DIFFERENCE in the world! Are you up for the challenge? Determine as a family what the reward will be if you complete the challenge!



Finally, I’ll always include a bonus idea to help take the learning from the Table Talker a little farther. The goal is that what happens at the table impacts real life and fosters real change.



You can’t play with your food, but who says you can’t play at the table? A fun family game is always included to get everyone enjoying some wholesome time together. They say the family that laughs together… how does that saying end? I don’t remember, but I’m sure it was good! Materials will always be items that are easy to find around the house.

ENJOY THIS INTERVIEW WITH A FAMILY AT PASTOR KARL'S CHURCH ABOUT USING THE TABLE TALKER IN THEIR HOME:

What Others Are Saying: 

"I love these Table Talkers because they are connecting our families in a fun way. All of us are so busy even with church events and ministries, this is a way to slow down for just a few minutes at home with your family and do something that has value and meaning and have some good conversations with your children. There are some fun little game ideas as well. All the hard work has been done for us… we just have to take them and use them! Thanks Karl Bastian @ Kidology for this amazing tool!"

~ Melissa Akins

 

Are you an All Access Member of Kidology? The current Table Talker is available for FREE download to Kidology.org All Access Members. You can find the active downloads at the top of this page or under Family Devos in the Kidology Zones.

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You can also purchase Table Talkers in the Kidology StoreSave when you purchase a complete series!




Hi! My name is Pastor Karl Bastian. I created these Table Talkers first of all because I wanted something to get my own family to disconnect from tech around the table and to have something to help us better connect with each other and God’s Word. I hope you find it helpful to your family as well!

I’d love to hear how the Family Table Talker impacts your family meal times! I’m curious to learn about Family Challenges you complete or any other stories you might have to share!

Drop me an e-mail or send me a picture of your family with your Table Talker! Send to: karl@kidology.org

OR post a picture in our Kidology Facebook Group!

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