When Michael comes home from a day at work, I generally ask him how his day was. This does not generally elicit much real conversation. It is usually later, when he has been home for a bit and unwound a little that he actually tells us specifics of his day.
I read this post that had some good suggestions of other ways start a good conversation. 14 Alternatives to “How Are You?”
I’ll just keep this short so that you can jump over there and read it too.
I hope this is a benefit to you and your family,