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To think Dh may have finally lost the plot?

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LumpyMcBentface Sat 24-Sep-16 19:26:19

He has instigated 'news of the day' time at dinner. So when we've all eaten we have to sit there while he imparts the facts he has learned during the day. So today was the news that Corbyn won, and the fact that turmeric has healing properties. And then we are supposed to have a conversation about it.

Then we all have to say one good thing that has happened today.

Urgh. I just want to get back to MNing and ignoring the children. This is torture.


I might just start needing the loo urgently after dinner or something.

OhTallulah Sat 24-Sep-16 19:30:35

Easy peasy, tomorrow, when it's your turn, find a subject he hates and drone on for ages until he cries and begs you to stop.

lacktoastandtolerance Sat 24-Sep-16 19:31:56

Read out your favourite MN post of the day, in its entirity.

WellyWanga Sat 24-Sep-16 19:33:14

I like tallulah's approach grin

VashtaNerada Sat 24-Sep-16 19:33:41

You could have fun with your "good thing" of the day.
"Well today DH I found out that I haven't caught an STI from my secret lover after all." grin

iklboo Sat 24-Sep-16 19:36:02

'My ironing routine and how it suits each fabric'

'The life cycle of the fruit fly and how it has evolved over the past 10 million years. On a day by day breakdown'

'Family bowel movement report'

LumpyMcBentface Sat 24-Sep-16 19:36:59

Ooh some excellent ideas here.

The kids are mortified. It's forcing us to communicate. This is not how things should go. They should be staring at a screen and grunting at us, not engaging in debates about current affairs. It's all kinds of wrong.

MrsTerryPratchett Sat 24-Sep-16 19:39:21

Reminds me of the sketch about the Gold Standard!

MrsJayy Sat 24-Sep-16 19:44:53

Oh dear i tried this for a weeks no Tv just chat it worked as well as a chocolate tea pot it went like this how was school fine how was work urgh oh i saw the funniest thing today... <eyes glazed> we now munch and watch the simpsons

OhTallulah Sat 24-Sep-16 19:45:24

Give the kids a turn, they can explain everything about, I dunno, minecraft or whatever other thing they know he's not interested in.
Your Dh will soon get fed up and it will die a natural and painless death.

lougle Sat 24-Sep-16 19:46:21

Is it 'News of the day' for the family - all can share things they've learned; or just for DH 'things DH has learned'?confused

whatlifestylechoice Sat 24-Sep-16 19:47:29

I have a six-month-old. We sometimes discuss her bowel movements over dinner. Frankly, I would welcome a discussion about Corbyn or Turmeric. sad

DP is one of those talkative types. I am not. Sometimes I have to just say to him " Please stop talking to me now." It only ever works for about three minutes though.

LumpyMcBentface Sat 24-Sep-16 19:47:51

It's supposed to be everyone sharing their news. But the rest of us just DON'T CARE so it's very one sided.

SquinkiesRule Sat 24-Sep-16 19:59:34

Get the kids on side and tell them to drone on about minecraft or pokemon hunting. It makes me want to stab myself with a fork when Dd starts on about these things.

Mummyoflittledragon Sat 24-Sep-16 20:00:46

Discussion about the absorbency rates of tampax, sanitary towels and moon cups?

Or 20 of the most common ways to kill your significant other?

Hassled Sat 24-Sep-16 20:05:12

I was very interested in the Turmeric thing too grin.

My father's method of creating a conversation was to say something really contentious to start a row "discussion". He'd wind us up and watch us go - then when the rest of us were piling into each other and getting more and more livid, he'd sit back and sip his wine, job done.

ITCouldBeWorse Sat 24-Sep-16 20:05:22

We do similar - I love it when my kids start to develop political opinions. I must be very sad!

Lorelei76 Sat 24-Sep-16 20:05:47

"And then we are supposed to have a conversation about it. "

Okay, so tomorrow night your fact you learned is that a pig's orgasm can last up to 30 minutes.

WinchesterWoman Sat 24-Sep-16 20:07:47

So today was the news that Corbyn won, and the fact that turmeric has healing properties.


is this you

MariaCameFromNashville Sat 24-Sep-16 20:08:25

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timeforabrewnow Sat 24-Sep-16 20:09:18

OP - he sounds like the Dad in Mosquito Coast - let's hope he doesn't take things quite that far grin

DustOffYourHighestHopes Sat 24-Sep-16 20:09:22

I scream at DH when he makes me talk during dinner. He asks open ended questions to entertain him while he eats. I just want to sit in silence and shovel it down.

NoCapes Sat 24-Sep-16 20:16:36

We do -
Best part of your day
Worst part of your day
Something that made you laugh today
A reason you were proud of yourself today

Otherwise we'd sit in silence shovelling food in and only speaking to argue over the last piece of bread
Or I'd have to hear more fucking dinosaur facts from DS1

But politics and turmeric? Errrr no!

NoTractorsAtTheTable Sat 24-Sep-16 20:17:36

If you're chatting over dinner in this house, a rogue fork is likely to appear from some direction and steal the last bit of chicken/pasta/anything from your plate.

It's a risk not worth taking, IMHO <nods sagely>

AdoraBell Sat 24-Sep-16 20:17:59

Open questions can still be answered with a grunt single word if you want to Dust

My DH has hearing loss, means he doesn't bother much with dinner table chit chat grin

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