5 Ways to Help Kids Overcome Stage Fright

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My eight year old daughter has an onstage performance today. As excited as she was about the show, as well prepared as she thought she was, and as eagerly as she awaited the day; she was still more than a tad anxious and had butterflies in the tummy just before the performance.

Stage fright is common for most performers. Even the most seasoned ones can be seen battling this before each performance. Many famous celebs who face a huge audience almost every day, still admit that they experience anxiety each time they have to perform or present or speak in front of a crowd.

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So, it is completely normal for your kids to feel a bit nervous when they are going on stage. Moreover, children can be taught tricks and ways to overcome their anxiety and be calm. Here are 5 ways an aware parent can adapt:

1. Practice Well

Whether it is an act in a play, a speech, a song or a dance, encourage your kids to get ample practice. Rehearsing a number of times will make them thorough and build their confidence. They will feel more prepared and calm this way and also get a good understanding of where they are getting stuck and what needs to be improvised.

Additionally, children can practice in front of their soft toys and imagine them to be the audience. They can then take it a step further and practice in front of family. Looking at actual faces can further give them a feel of the live audience they are eventually going to face. Taking this a step ahead and practicing in front of friends will thoroughly prepare them for the event.

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2. Watch Themselves Perform

Inspire your kids to stand in front of the mirror and watch themselves as they perform a speech, an act or a dance. Looking at their own facial expressions, body language and the way their arms and legs move will put them at ease about how they will look while performing in front of others. And, this way, they will also be able to spot areas of improvement and work on them.

You could also record your child practice their performance and show them how to do it right or improve their act, once they are done. This can make them encourage them to do better (with your motivation) and give them confidence.

Some children might find this way of practicing somewhat more taxing, as this might make them more self-conscious of themselves. In that case, do not insist on this and try to make them feel as comfortable as possible as they practice in front of you.

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3. Be Slow and Relaxed

Some children tend to speak really fast while performing on stage. They might use this as a strategy to cover up their stage fright or simply because they want to get it over with. But this will actually make it harder for them when they tend to forget a line or miss a point.

Prepare your child to be relaxed and deliver his/ her lines slowly. Slowing down and taking it easy, while on stage, will ensure that they stumble less; giving them that extra second or two to quickly recollect what they had to say.

4. Feel Confident and Show it

Talk to your child before he/ she goes to the stage and tell him/ her how good he/ she is at this. This will boost your child’s self-confidence. Tell your kids even if they feel their heart is racing; they should still remember that you think they are the best and that, they should continue to feel confident about themselves.

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Teach your child to maintain a straight posture with the spine being straight and head held high. This posture will give your child a subconscious feeling of confidence. Maintaining a smile on the face will help keep him/ her calm, which will automatically transform into confidence.

5. Take Feedback

Always insist to your child that he/ she takes feedback from judges, teachers, friends and other audience on his performance on stage. This will help kids get a better understanding of themselves and also motivate them to work on the flaws that have been noticed.

Nothing works like honest criticism and feedback toward improving oneself. Children should be taught to take criticism in the right spirit. This will help them in a big way in overcoming fear of performing and getting the best out of themselves while on stage.

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