Some children are just naturally shy but that doesn’t mean they don’t have what it takes to make it on to the stage. And of course, the last few months would have seen even the most confident of children revert to hiding in their shells.
Praise – often we hand out general praise for a good effort or piece of art but rarely think about what it is we’re praising. Be specific and recognise the individual effort that has gone into something. Don’t overdo your praise, reserve it for when it really means something.
Model self-confidence – if you’re looking to help your child overcome shyness, show them how it’s done. Be the role model they can copy and get tips from. You have more influence than you think over your child’s behaviour.
Small steps – you’re not expecting your child to take to the stage immediately, getting them to sit and watch a class with you might be the first step. Don’t push for giant leaps, small steps are what it takes to get there.
Raise a resilient child – things will go wrong and they will fail but it’s how they deal with it that counts. Show your child how to bounce back and keep trying. Resilience is a skill that will come in useful throughout their life.
Encourage a wide range of interests – being the best at one thing is great but having a wide range of interests and hobbies will help your child to see that they’re capable of lots more than they thought. This might be sport, stage school or something quieter and more artistic. It’s having a go that counts.
Our theatre and film school is well-experienced in encouraging the best from young actors and helping children reach their full potential. If you would like to discuss how we could potentially help build the confidence in your child, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com or phone 020 7 682 1403