I share simple or funny things like traffic, sewing, tv shows, food, cooking etc... I will ask appropriate questions. Many families share with me so that then makes them feel more closer to me. I use phrases like "that must be so difficult for you", "I cant imagine how hard that must be", "really, tell me more?"
I sorta lie about some topics:
Politics= "Oh I am not following any of that." Truth is: I am an educated libral that understands the workings of government, economics and politics.
Homosexuality/homophobia= "I do not really think about that, I just try to be nice to everyone." Truth is: I want equal rights for all and homophobia makes me ill.