Here’s an idea to spark some interesting dinner-time table-talk and memorize inspiring thoughts.

I collect and memorize quotations. To me it’s like having a mini-library of inspiration in your head and being able topull out some words of wisdom at the right moment. It’s really not that difficult, especially if it becomes a family affair. One night a week have one family member be responsible for finding a meaningful thought or saying or quotation. After discussion about the meaning and how the words can change lives, challenge the family to memorize it.

Each person can write it out on an index card to place on their mirror or desk. Quite often it’s the first few words that will cause instant recall so color those words red. Every night at dinner time, see how many know the quotation by heart. Children have amazing memories so it’s the parents who will have to work a little harder.

Try this quotation from Confucius:

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”

This is great to remember when you are learning something new. It also makes an interesting topic of conversation and history lesson (who was Confucius?)

You can find quotations on the web or get some ideas from my Thought for the Day book. The important thing is to instill lasting, positive thoughts in children’s minds.