Conversation Starters

Conversation Starters

As a parent, most of us feel as though we know our children pretty well. Their likes, dislikes and their unspoken emotions that are shown on their face and in their body language. However, as our children grow more independent of us the constant change can leave them feeling like we “just don’t get it”. 

Conversation starters are not only a great way to prompt communication in your home, but may even develop characteristics you feel are important for your child to acquire such as empathy, emotional awareness, and gratitude.

Cut out the questions we have provided and keep them in a jar or container on the dining table, in the car, or somewhere where your family spends time together. Take it in turns to pick a card and choose a person who will answer the question.

We have provided you with 10 to get started, you may like to add to these over time with more personal and specific questions about your child’s dreams and values. This will give you great insight into the person you are raising and/or topics you might like to spend more time discussing. 

Tips for engaging in conversation with your child:

  • Keep the conversation natural, avoid making it feel like they are being interrogated.
  • One question at a time.
  • LISTEN to understand, not to respond.
  • Spend time talking about their answer
  • Avoid giving your opinion when it’s not your time to share.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Gluten Free Self-Raising flour
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt

Method: 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C and line a pizza tray or wire rack with baking paper.
  2. Combine ingredients and begin mixing gently.
  3. Transfer to a work surface floured with GF self-raising flour and start kneading.
  4. Continue to add more flour as you go to prevent the dough from becoming sticky.
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  6. With a floured roller begin rolling the dough to form a circle. Then repeat with second half of the dough you placed aside.
  7. Add your chosen toppings and pop in the oven for 15-20 min. For a golden crust whisk an egg and brush the outer edge of the pizza before placing in the oven.
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Ingredients:

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  • 2 capsicums
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  • 1 medium sized sweet potato
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  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce  
  • ½ cup Olive Oil (or preferred oil)

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  3. Mince garlic cloves.
  4. Combine all ingredients in zip lock bag or an airtight container and allow 20-30 min before roasting. If you’re meal prepping, your sauce is ready to be placed in the freezer for later use.
  5. Gently pour contents onto a lined baking tray and bake for 50-60 min at 180 degrees. A larger tray allows the veggies to be roasted evenly.
  6. Once the veggies have reached your desired roasted look, remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  7. Blend the roasted veggies including the sauces which it lay in, on high until the mixture is of a sooth and slightly runny consistency.
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain flour
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  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs
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  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
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  2. Combine dry ingredients in a medium size bowl.
  3. In separate bowl gently whisk together eggs, vanilla, honey, milk and yogurt until combined.
  4. Stir together the wet and dry ingredients until combined. ** If you are only using one type of fruit, you can gently stir the fruit into the batter now.
  5. Half fill the muffin cups with mixture, allowing space for the fruit and room for the muffins to rise in the oven.
  6. Press a small amount of your choice of fruit to the centre of the mixture in each of the muffin cups.
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