Are you grooming your child to participate in the beauty pageant circuit? If this is the case, do know that the pageant itself is, as they say, the tip of the iceberg. A lot of preparation is entailed to ensure that your child not only be ready – physically, emotionally, intellectually and psychologically – for the whole pageant experience.
- Consider whether joining the pageant is beneficial for your child. Think about the bottom-line: why are you letting your child join the pageant? For example, do you believe that this will be a good social experience for her growing up? Assess your motives as this will help guide you towards your decision whether you should go ahead and join your child in a pageant.
- Encourage your child. One of the first preparations your child will have to undergo is to prepare for the pageant emotionally and psychologically. First of all, your child should be willing to join the pageant – don’t force her or else this whole experience may be traumatic for her. You could hype her up and get her interested to join by bringing her first to watch child beauty pageants. You should also encourage her to make friends with other contestants so that she will develop friendships along the way.
- Help your child develop her talents. A very important part of the pageant is the talent portion. That’s why you should take the time to observe what areas your child is interested in – dancing, singing, playing musical instruments, doing drama, etc. Every child has a natural talent, and if it is uncovered and allowed to develop, these are the talents that have the greatest potential to bloom. You should also invest in the best teachers that you can afford to hire. Remember, the lifelong potential of these talents being developed to the fullest will go beyond the child pageants that your daughter will join.
- Consider hiring a pageant coach. This is especially true for the first few pageants that your child will join. A pageant coach knows the inside information about child pageants, and she will be able to brief you on what particular traits the judges are looking for. She will also be able to help you know what to expect.
- Let your child realize that her worth is not measured by winning pageants. It’s very important that your child feel adequately secure and self-assured that she knows that, whether or not she wins the pageant, she is a very precious and loved little girl. You yourself should learn how to encourage your child and shower your child with love so that she will know that it is unconditional. You should also avoid making the pageant your child’s entire life – try to balance it with other activities as well – so that she won’t develop the feeling that her world will fall apart only because she wasn’t able to do well at a pageant.
There you have it! These are just some of the best ways to help you to
prepare your child for a pageant. Remember, proper preparation takes
time, and before you join your child to a pageant, make sure that she is
truly ready for it. Good luck, and hope this helped!