These kids are giving a stage performance.
And it’s so cute to watch as they are engrossed.
These kids are preforming after many days of practice.
Though the topic is about stage fright, I am going to discuss ‘fear’ in general
If you closely watch the above photo, you notice that there are two rows and each row has 5 kids.
Let us concentrate on the top row of kids
Let us start from left to right.
No doubt the first kid is crying and appears to be scared and looking at the kid next to her for some comfort.
The kid next to her is watching her but wondering whether to join her in crying or not but you can make out that he is not comfortable.
The third kid from the left is looking sideward and not seeing the audience at all!
The fourth kid is directly watching the audience may be searching for her parents or noticing the waving of hands by the parents from the audience.
The fifth kid is avoiding the audience and staring at the roof to his right.
Now let us see the bottom row of kids from left to right
The first child from the left is crying and wiping her eyes. If you zoom you can see the tear falling on her cheeks.
The 2nd kid is busy sucking her rt thumb and getting some comfort and assurance.
3rd kid seems to be confident and is busy singing in front of the mike.
The 4th and 5th kid, surely not frightened but are busy watching something happening in front of them.
What is the outcome?
Out of the ten kids…just one kid appears to be confident.
From my description above and also what you have observed from the photo…what are your thoughts on why the expression of ‘fear’ is noticed in some kids?
I don’t the reason for the ‘fear’ psychology.
Does fear come from childhood?
If so where would childhood fears come from?
The fearful child can be due to overprotection from parents or the parents themselves may be anxious all the time. After all, the child watches and learns from the parents.
There can also be traumatic events in the family that child may experience.
In some cases ‘child abuse’ is the culprit.
The fear can be real or imaginary.
Are parents solely responsible for ‘fear’ in children?
Yes to some extent parents are responsible and society can add the rest.
“To implant fear in the minds of children is a crime. If parents try to rule the child by fear, then fear rules the child” E Stanley Jones
Message to the adults
“If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn…
If a child lives with fear, he learns to be apprehensive. …
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns to be confident…
If a child lives with acceptance, he learns to love” Dorothy Nolte
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This post is part of Ragtag daily prompt- STAGE FRIGHT