Children are all completely different, and although they are all sent off to school everyday and treated equally and expected to do their best, it really is a very difficult learning curve for many little ones who don’t have the confidence for so many reasons.  It may be they are just unsure of themselves outside the safety of their own home.  Uncomfortable amongst their friends and feel pressure to join in.  Or, it could just be separation from their parents.

Having a child that lacks confidence and/or self-belief is hard for a parent who wants their child to be happy and to feel safe and secure in the activity that they do.  There really is no point in pressurising them to take up a class, and many will do it in their own time.

There are lots of classes within Chislehurst that can help inspire, encourage or boost a child’s confidence.  It is just a question of finding the right class for your child, and not necessarily the one you want them to do!

Many of the classes offer a free trial, so give them a call then go along with your child.  Speak to the other parents to see what their child enjoys about the classes.  Speak to the tutor, explain if your child is anxious or lacks confidence.    Remember, the classes are for fun and if your child isn’t happy, try another one.

Picking the right class is important:

  1. Is your child a team player?
  2. Are they competitive?
  3. Do they like to blend into the background, but still join in?
  4. Do they like to pretend to be another character?
  5. Do they like to dance?
  6. Do they like to physically push themselves?
  7. Are they creative?

Here are some options for you to consider:

Creative Child:

Art on Parade www.artonparade.co.uk – runs Saturday classes for children of all ages.  These art classes cover everything from sketching, painting, charcoals.  Small groups with quiet guidance.

Energetic Child

Football – no better sport for a team player than football, and the local club is Glebe FC – www.pitchero.com/clubs/glebefc

129846845_166666545198313_5029295067065031134_nTeam Amoahwww.teamamoah.co.uk specialises in disapline sport of kick boxing, Muay Thai (martial arts) and boxing.  Great for confidence, awareness, fitness and discipline.

Tennishttps://chislehursttennis.org.uk/ Chislehurst Tennis Club – based at the recreation ground. Lessons for all ages and abilities.

Theatrical Child – Performing Arts – Dance, Drama, Singing

These groups encompass all elements of the performing arts and help children to express themselves through a range of activities.  Even the quietest child has a voice and are giving the opportunity to work at their own pace.  It’s a great way to make friends with common interests and also to gain confidence by controlling nerves.

 In the Wings Performing Artswww.itwpa.co.uk   specialises in dance, singing, acting, elocution and tuition.59177950_821449808219491_2664071813167841280_n

Glenlyn Academywww.glenlynacademy.com specialises in musical theatre, singing, ballet, jazz, acrobatics and street jazz.

Michelle Sidwell Academy of Dancewww.michellesidwellacademyofdance.co.uk specialises in ballet, tap, modern, commercial street and musical theatre.

Quick Steps Dance Schoolwww.qsdance.co.uk specialises in Latin American and Ballroom Dancing.

And, just remember, if you’re child doesn’t feel ready then now isn’t the time.  Give it a few months and try again – they’ll let you know when they are ready.

Many of the classes offer a free trial, so give them a call then go along with your child.  Speak to the other parents to see what their child enjoys about the classes.  Speak to the tutor, explain if your child is anxious or lacks confidence.    Remember, the classes are for fun and if your child isn’t happy, try another one.

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