Whether to involve children in pageants is dependent on the parents’ and to some extent the child’s desire. This article will present a balanced overview of what pageants entail and involve.
During competition the child is given the space to show their talents and skills in front of an audience. Skills can then be evolved and nurtured into a future career/passion. Later on in their life they can grow into being confident in giving out public speeches and presentations.
The child will learn to discipline themself and work hard to obtain the needed level required by the pageant itself, such as keeping a fit and healthy lifestyle. These two traits can help the child in their development, building a sense of appreciation for all the hard work done.
Alternatively, the child can find themselves over confident and too competitive losing their ability to participate in a humble and respectful manner. This can come about also by the fact that winners are showered with attention and glorified for winning.
Children can also experience negative feelings, lack confidence and a sense of emptiness when losing and this can become unhealthy and counterproductive. It is important to keep in mind that participation is the most important.
Harsh criticism from judges and from the parents on the child’s looks can take away the innocence and natural beauty that children have at such young ages.
Parents need to keep in mind that participating in pageants is expensive which can leave a financial burden but also be aware of their own wellbeing.
Therisa Gambin is a psychology graduate who worked in the HR sector for the past 4 years. She decided to change her career path and thus is at present an intern at Willingness and will continue to focus on psychology practices.