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Conversation Cards: Get Talking, Get Laughing, Get Communicating!

A local student came to the Milford Prevention Council with an idea to help promote the idea that the family dinner is a time to connect — not disconnect. The MPC embraced her idea and initiated the "conversation cards" project.

Credit: Milford Prevention Council website
Credit: Milford Prevention Council website
A few short months ago, a student approached the Milford Prevention Council with an idea. She had been at a local restaurant and witnessed a family sitting in silence. The kids were texting and the little one was using an iPad to play a game. The kids were quiet and well behaved but there was something wrong with this picture to her.

Family dinner is a tradition in her own family, and she always looks forward to sitting down with her parents and siblings to talk about their days, she wanted others to realize that dinner time is a time to connect, not disconnect. Her idea is to help promote this connection through conversation cards. The MPC embraced her idea and a group of young people constructed conversation cards.

Milford Prevention Council would love your restaurant to join us in our campaign – GET TALKING, GET LAUGHING, GET COMMUNICATING - by placing conversation cards on the tables of your establishment. The idea is simple: Talk more. About anything! The questions presented on the cards are designed to promote the asset "Positive Family Communication" and Milford Prevention Council hopes you take the opportunity to put down the technology and get talking to your loved ones!

Nowadays with all the different electronics it is so easy to "entertain" children (and adults let’s be honest) by just handing over the IPod or IPad/Tablet. Now don't get us wrong, we do appreciate the educational games/apps that children can use as much as the next person, however quality time with family seems to be a rare occurrence. The Milford Prevention Council believes that the conversation starter cards move the conversation from “how was your day” and “what did you learn” to fun and creative questions that will enhance the dining experience.

To have Conversation Cards placed in your establishment contact the Milford Prevention Council at 203-783-6676 or email us at Info@MilfordPrevention.org

Thank You!
Wendy Gibbons, MPC Program Director

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Mark Ahrens April 16, 2014 at 05:20 PM
What a great idea. It is important for families to connect during dinner time. Bravo to the student who came up with the idea.

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