Eating together is important and worth the effort to pull together. Conversation is important also. In our early years, I remember 'teaching manners' at the table which mainly consisted in me correcting and analyzing their behavior. I have since learned, the dinner table is NOT the place for correction!! It is to be a pleasant time, hopefully of sharing together.
Sometimes, teenage boys need a little help in sharing! Their minds are on boy things - trucks, friends, girls etc. Conversation can sometimes be stilted and often takes great effort.
HOW DOES SHE is a web site I recently found and is filled with creative ideas in many different categories. You will find something you can use each time you visit! I recently came across a series offered "Family Dinner Questions" which offer conversation starters for the family meal. I'm planning to print these out and keep them close to the table to add some spice, flavor and conversation to our mealtimes! Will you join me this week in livening up things around the dinner table?