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How to Get Your Kids to Talk | The Silver Pen

Ways to Ask How was school today?

Ways to Ask How was school today?

It never fails, when I pick up our daughter (a/k/a Excitedly Eight) from school, I always ask “How was school?” and inevitably the response is, “Fine” or “Good.” Ugh. I really want her to gush about this story or that. But nada. Zippo. After our “lively” exchange, she picks up a book and reads and I proceed to roll my eyes.  Yes, we do have a bit of a role reversal going on. What on earth is a mother to do?!?!

I think that I really need to start getting better at asking better questions. I mean come on, I want to actually know what goes on when Excitedly Eight is at school!

The Silver Lining is that recently I came across an article by mother, blogger, and former teacher Liz Evans who shared 25 questions on her blog that she believes will get your kids to spill:

1. What was the best thing that happened as school ...

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Children Learn What they Live With | The Silver Pen

Children Learn What They Live With

Children Learn What They Live With

Hiiiiii!  Wowsy, have I ever been MIA. I hope that you will forgive me.  My absence is explained by ...

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Get Kids Moving | The Silver Lining

Get Kids Moving

Get Kids Moving

Despite the fact that the HOTY and I love to exercise, our daughter – the thespian! – isn’t so into it.  Here ...

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Exercise in Children | The Silver Pen

10 Things to Inspire Exercise in Children

10 Things to Inspire Exercise in Children

Exercise has always been – and continues to be – very important to the HOTY and me.  In ...

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(Not!) Making Promises

(Not!) Making Promises

In building healthy relationships with our children, I firmly believe that it is important that our words and our actions match. I ...

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Helping Children Express Their Feelings

After years spent as a bedside nurse and social worker, my clinical work now consists of co-facilitating support groups for children, including helping children express ...

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Parenting Manifesto by Brene Brown

In thinking about today’s earlier post about encouraging children to express their emotions, I am reminded of the great Parenting Manifesto by Brene Brown. Have ...

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Children's Series: 5 to 7 Year Shift

One of the most poignant things that I learned during my graduate work earning a masters degree in early childhood development was that when children ...

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Children's Series: Approach-Approach Conflict

Have you ever been in a situation in which you can’t decide between two desirable (or even really awesome) things? For example: chocolate or vanilla? ...

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Talking with Children about Tragedy

With the tragic, unthinkable, and unbearable mass shooting in Connecticut on Friday, the world is reeling. This massacre didn’t just happen in Sandy Hook. It ...

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Children's Series: Coping with Back to School Jitters

Happy Monday! Today, I am super honored and excited to introduce you to Dr. Deborah Roth Ledley, a psychologist at the Children’s Center for OCD ...

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