How to help your child fight a stage fright

boy_with_stage_fright Is your child is having nightmares ever since he has been selected for a school play? Does he stammer while reciting his part? If yes, then these are symptoms of a stage-fright syndrome.

Some children lack the confidence to speak openly in public and fear rejection. Not only kids, sometimes adults too face the same problem. Here are a few tips to help one’s child tackle stage-fright:

Notice the behavioral traits

Children suffering from a stage-fright syndrome often exhibit some pronounced behavioral patterns. Shaky knees, heavy breathing, persistent stammering and cold sweaty palms are some such patterns.

Children belonging to different age groups also act differently. For example, a teenager might get throbbing headaches on the thought of facing an audience. On the other hand, a much younger child might wet his bed.

Helping one’s child

To help one’s child, it is crucial for a parent to constantly comfort him/her. Practice mock rehearsal sessions with your kid before the final event. Role-play a character to give them support.

If your children forget a line, then don’t blame them. Repeat it for them once or twice gently and ask them to calm down. Also, point out the positive traits in the child’s performance so that he/she feels at ease.

Once a kid finds it easy to speak or perform in front of his/her parents; get them to perform in front of a relatively bigger but familiar crowd. For example, get their grandparents and relatives to watch it.

Request your relatives not to smirk or frown if the child forgets a line in middle. Try hinting at the word or lip sync it for the kid so that he/she recalls it. Also, don’t forget to greet your kid with a hearty applause at the end of the performance.

Tips for the final day

Before one’s kids face the stage and the spectators on the final day, reassure them that they are capable of speaking and performing.

If needed, gather their expressions and lines for the performance in small points. Write them down on a piece of paper and hand it to them so that they can have a final look before they face the audience.

Hugs and kisses act as perfect soothers before a stage appearance. One must always remember that stage frights scare not only kids but adults too. These steps help children in the long run to face greater challenges.