Giving a toast is usually something associated with a wedding or exercises in public speaking. It often involves drinking to something, but for this month’s activity with your family we’ll assume it doesn’t necessarily include alcohol. (Smart, huh?)
We recently linked to a blog that gave six tips for helping kids to become better at face-to-face communication. One suggestion was to involve kids in making toasts for special occasions or as a part of regular family dinners. What a great idea!
Not only will assigning a toast to each member of your family help them work on giving a brief prepared speech to a friendly “room,” but it’s also a way we can teach the idea of intentionally honoring each other.
We’re suggesting that you plan on having a toast at a family meal once a week for as many weeks as you have eligible people in your household. Pick a night when you’re most likely to be all together most frequently.
Assign each person (including the adults) to give a toast in honor of another person in the family—making sure nobody gets left out. The toast should be prepared ahead of time, be five to ten minutes long, and include the following elements:
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