Do you hear all that chatter? Stratford Partnership, in collaboration with Stratford Junior Woman’s Club and Town of Stratford Economic Development, has a new initiative to get Stratford families talking!
Our 'Restaurant Edition' Conversation Cards will debut during Stratford’s annual Restaurant Week from April 23 — 29, 2017 on the tables of over 30 participating restaurants. Each Conversation Card has a question, such as What is the best way to spend a rainy day? or What makes you laugh the hardest? While waiting to order or to eat, the cards hope to inspire diners to put down their cell phones and participate in fun, positive conversations.
These Conversation Cards are an asset building initiative following the Search Institute’s 40 developmental assets believed to promote healthy development in children and teens, from healthy self esteem, positive peer influence to preventing the use of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs.
Research shows that when families have open lines of communication, families can more readily discuss more challenging topics, such as alcohol and other drugs. According to Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, teens that learn about the risks form their parents are up to 50% less like to try alcohol and marijuana.
Special thanks to all the restaurants for being a part of an Asset Building Community, to Stratford's Asset Building Classroom Asset Ambassadors for the great questions, and to our friends from Southington STEPS (SouthingtonSteps.org) for this phenomenal idea!!
If you and your family happen to sit at a table that has a set of conversation cards:
1. Snap a SELFIE
2. Post it on your Social Media account (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram)
3. Tag us and/or hashtag #StratfordTALKS
We can't wait to see your pictures!!