Have a Plan to Deal With "So, How Was Your Day?"
If conversation with your child goes something along the lines of you asking how her day was, her responding "good," you asking what she did, and her saying, "nothing," try this strategy from North Carolina artist and mother Jean Van't Hul, whose blog, The Artful Parent
, covers kids, art and creativity. When her first-grader gets home, Van't Hul has a snack and an item from her list of 10 Simple Art Activities ready. Sometimes it's only when her daughter is immersed in Q-tip pointillism or building a structure out of toothpicks and stale marshmallows that she'll reveal what happened that day. You can print out Van't Hul's cheat sheet
and tape it to the inside of a kitchen cabinet for easy reference.