It is always a pleasure for parents to see their little one move ahead, one milestone at a time. At every step, you might be skeptical, whether they will succeed or fail, but in any ways you are always by their side to support and motivate them. And, this is probably the best gift a child can ask for.
Your child’s first stage performance is one such special event, which will always bring back fond memories and moments. Your kid might perform their best or not perform at all for their first stage event, but you always need to appreciate the fact that they are courageous enough to stand on the stage in front of the audience. How you react and manage this first instance of stage fright or emotional outburst is very important, and it will shape their reactions in future.
The first stage performance is a mix of emotions for your child- they might be bedazzled with the glittering lights and the audience, or they might already be thinking about putting up their best. In any situation, you need to show them how to do it and support them in what they have done.
5 Important Things To Remember While Preparing Your Child For Their First Stage Performance Are:
1. Talk About The Event:
Before the event, talk to your child about it- what it is, how will it feel like, how will the stage and the audience look like. You can also show them videos or explain to them in a fun way. This will make them more comfortable with the whole thing. Do not make a huge issue about it, but let them face it consciously with their own guts
2. Do Not Force To Win:
Teach your child about healthy participation, rather than stressing on winning or losing. Do not force them to win a contest or pressurize them to perform their best. You can let them know they ‘you would love them to do their best, but you would love whatever they perform.” Do not burden their evolving minds with the pressure of performance and high expectations.
3. Practice with your child:
Involve and engage yourself, whenever your child is practicing for their first performance. Whenever you are with them, you will be able to understand better their strengths and weaknesses. You will be able to correct, where they are wrong and encourage them when they are doing good.
4. Appreciate Their Efforts:
Appreciate and applaud their efforts, both before and after the event. Do not compare them with other kids. It is a big thing that they are facing the audience at such a young age, as there is nothing right or wrong at this tender age. Always make them feel good about themselves after the show, so that they do not underestimate their talent
5. Prepare Them For The Future:
If you have a video recording of the event, show them later to teach them what went right and what needs improvement. If your child has a talent, which requires such stage performances in the future, you need to work with them to help the overcome the stage anxiety and fear so that they are able to nurture their talent and get better at it every day.
The way you mold your child’s mind the first time will help your child to cope with similar situations in the future. So, make sure you encourage their efforts, rather than the criticizing the result. This is just a stepping stone for them, and they will learn and get better with every experience.