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Leadership Election

Riding on the coattails of this month's celebrants and their stellar example... let's bolster such Lincoln and Washington-esque presidential qualities in our own kids. Qualities of taking charge, leading the way and being responsible. Good for the kids and good for the country (and your household).

To accomplish this, I issue a mandate: Infuse any situation with humor and entertainment. (In fact, this is officially on my short list of 2011 resolutions. More daily funny!) So herewith an idea to make even the task of humdrum chores seem a little snappier: Hold an in-house election where all family members may run for an office domestique!

Let's Get Started

First, hold a summit meeting to list all areas that need to be covered from washing the dishes to walking the dog to setting the table to taking out the garbage, etc. Everyone involved may choose their own area of expertise and a title to go along with it. Personally, I find that a title prompts action... it's so very official and carries weight. Titles may run the gamut including Tsar of Trash, Queen of Dishes or Prince of Pets. What else? Note, be sure that only one person is running for each post so as to avoid a winner/loser scenario.

Next, everyone designs their own campaign (the littler kids can get help from the big ones). The campaign should include a poster and a speech. As added zest (and to sway the people), candidates may wish to make and pass out campaign buttons and treats or even kiss a few babies!

Designate a campaign evening or week where each candidate has a chance to address "the people" citing their plans for office, like "In addition to daily walks, I am scheduling a monthly grooming session for Fido." And their unique qualifications, like "Some call me "The Animal Charmer!" Each candidate may take questions from the press corps and then shout, "I'm the candidate for you!" And the crowd explodes with applause.

Once everyone has made their speech, the official term starts. As the days go by, encourage your family to stay on course with a little more humor... that's to say, if the VP of Dishwashing is shirking their duties threaten impeachment (and then lend a helping hand)!

A fun way to get the menial stuff done and to hone the skill of public speaking. And who knows where that can lead to... perhaps our country's next great leader is sitting at your table!



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