November is National Blog Post Month (NaBloPoMo). This post is part of my post-a-day challenge. I have picked a theme for the challenge: song titles. These songs have been featured on live albums from KEXP (an awesome alternative radio station in Seattle), so at a minimum you will hear some great music.

There are two juveniles that are particularly close to me. I just tucked them into bed, but they went to sleep unaware that they took part in my personal and professional development. And it wasn’t just tonight, they help me grow every day.

Tonight we did something that they love. We played a game that is called “emcee.” I grab something that looks like a mic (tonight it was a half used tube of diaper cream) and then emcee the rest of the night. The girls sit on their beds and I start:

I want to thank everyone for joining us tonight. It has really been a special time. This is a really unique setting and makes me feel very close to you. I just want to run down the rest of the evening for you.

Next we will be brushing teeth. That will occur in the bathroom. It’s just down the hall to the left. After that we will floss – as you know it’s super important that we floss. One of the most important things we will do tonight.

After flossing, we will brush hair. We certainly don’t want any tangles in the morning. No one wants to start their day with tangled hair.

That about covers it. Let’s meet back in here in fifteen minutes for a special presentation. Thanks again for joining us. It’s been a real treat to be with you tonight.

They absolutely love this sort of treatment. They continually laugh and instruct me on what to say. All the while, I am getting better as a public speaker. I’m not sure why I had the idea to MC my kids bed time, but I am glad that I did.

Think about all the time you spend with your kids (or nieces/nephews). They are a great audience. They tend to laugh at your jokes. Why not try out fun stuff on them that could potentially improve you professionally?

Share what you’ve done. I’d love to have more ideas and opportunities to practice with my kids.


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