Give the Gift of Confidence
September 14, 2019   |   MaryM
At some point or another, every one of us has felt a little insecure. This can manifest itself in several ways in children: crying when being dropped off for a class, not wanting to join group activities, having stage fright, giving in to negative peer pressure, or feeling beaten down by bullying or having a poor body image. We may feel as though we want to fight all of our children’s fights so they never have to deal with the realities of the world. But the only way they will grow into confident individuals is if we provide them with the tools they need to over come these issues, and let them practice these skills in appropriate situations.
Dance is a wonderful way to introduce and hone these empowering skills of confidence and courage. Time and time I have seen my students go from clinging to a parent’s leg at drop off, to boldly skipping into class – and onto the stage – confident in their abilities to participate in class and perform. They feel secure as they develop a relationship with me, and this trust is something I do not take lightly. I do my best to let my students know how much I care for them, that this is a safe place for them, and that I believe in their abilities! Having confidence in their abilities to handle new situations and learn new things sets our children up for long-term success and happiness.