How to encourage introverted children to dream...about stepping on stage!


How to encourage introverted children to dream...about stepping on stage!

No, we don't have to push our children towards dreaming of becoming actors or creating that need to please us. As parents, that is not what this post is about. It is about how the 'stage', in a broader sense, can heighten our children's sense of well-being, to be more confident, and feeling comfortable in the spotlight.

I have two children, a 14-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl, and they couldn't be more different. My son has always been confident and extroverted (which has given rise to his argumentative nature, a trait that can be frustrating for a parent of an adolescent.) My daughter is more reserved, shy and actively trying not to be the centre of attention. She is a sweet girl, and we work to remind her that she is unique and special, perfect in her own way.

I have been working for 3 years at AM Experience Group, a group of brands that, among other things, produces two major musical ice shows around Christmas time.

In 2019, we produced the Wizard of Oz on Ice in Lisbon, which she saw over 10 times which sparked Leonor's desire to step on a stage. You can't imagine how much that surprised me. My super shy daughter wanting to step on a stage and be the centre of attention! WOW! But even better, she insisted on having a CD of the show which she plays over and over again, singing, dancing and performing for the family. We also talked a lot about the messages of musicals, what we can take away from them for ourselves; our relationship with others and how these lessons impact our lives. She listens to the CD of the show together with her classmates, sharing the magic with the other girls.

A show experienced as a family is much greater than a show watched together as a family. It provides so much more. It can enable our children to identify with the values and mission of the story; allowing them to blossom; to win their battles, and make parallels with reality, passing on the message that every day the world is a “stage" where we can aspire to be more of ourselves; that we should sing, dance and enjoy every moment in order to be happier.

This year, we are ready to return to the hustle and bustle of the live Christmas shows, and to bring two new musicals on ice to life. Take this opportunity to experience a great family adventure together and, above all, to "set the stage" to boost your little ones' confidence.

Sónia Pepe, Marketing & PR


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