Grab Some Lion's Whiskers Today!
- Toddler: start with your favorite nursery rhyme. Make it a game of call and response. For example, teach "Itsy-Bitsy Spider", sing it a few times, then start taking turns with the lines with your child. Both of you stand in front of a mirror and now play the game!
- Preschooler: introduce "Roses and Thorns" at dinner time. What was your best thing about today? What was your worst thing? Model respectful listening and taking turns as the center of attention.
- Early elementary student: offer your child the opportunity to say the dinner blessing. Print off or write out a few possible dinner verses, blessings, or graces. Have your child cut them out, put them in a grab bag for some mystery, and pull one out at dinner to say standing at the head of the table.
- Upper elementary student or 'tween: on your way to school together, or returning home at night (or another convenient time), ask your child to read out loud to you from the book they are reading. At your next family gathering, ask your child to retell a favorite myth, legend, fable, or family story.
- High schooler or teen: play "After-Dinner Speeches" at a family gathering. Everyone writes down the title of a fictitious speech (such as "How snow contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire"; "How spaghetti was discovered"; "My most successful invention"; "If teens ruled the world"), and puts them in a hat; the first speaker pulls out a topic at random and delivers a 2-minute speech with no hesitations or repetitions, and then passes the hat to the next person. Don't worry if you don't know a thing about your ridiculous topic! The goal is to deliver the speech with so much authority and poise that you impress everyone with your amazing knowledge and confidence!
The problem with fear is that it stops you in your tracks. A powerful way to conquer a fear is to break it into manageable steps, move forward through it, gain momentum, and celebrate your success! For example, asking some children to deliver an unscripted speech might take social courage, but for others it might take more intellectual courage. Review the Six Types of Courage to figure out which types your child needs to complete this workout.
If you want more 5-Minute Courage Workouts...
Here's our 5-Minute Courage Workout on Navigating the Neighborhood , 5-Minute Courage Workout: Talking Dirty, and our 5-Minute Courage Workout on Playing With Fire.