Learning magic for kids and teenagers
As if by magic...your child will shiver with positive self esteem
An important issues teenagers and even kids as young as six have to deal with is that of self esteem. The issue is not just about how one feels about him or her self but also how a child feels others feel about them.
Do they like me? can I do it? will she be my firend, they are teasing me, will I win?
All questions that clutter a childs and teenagers mind, negative clutter of the mind that can lead to negative self esteem.
Negative self esteem issues will flow on to negative actions. Actions can vary from eating disorders, lack of energy, fear, attracting the wrong crowd, depression and sadly teen suicide. It is important to not only recognize but create an atmosphere kids and teenagers feel valued and loved.
Guindon (2002) asked school counsellors to list five characteristics that best describe students with low self-esteem. Over 1000 words were used and the most common were - Withdrawn, shy, quiet, insecure, underachieving, negative, unhappy, socially inept, angry, unmotivated, depressed, follower, poor self-image, lacks confidence.
" I was a shy and over weight kid at school, learning magic at the age of 12 gave me confidence" Professional magician Jackson Aces who lecturers at The Magic Academy
Sure many parents are wonderful parents and will say positive things to their children, will have talks to them. Children though, want to build their own identity, be cool, be accepted. Learning magic combines a parents philosophy and the "fads" of the teenager world. Learning magic builds positive self esteem that creates positive habits.
Reseach has shown key difference between individuals with high and low self esteem. For example, people with high self esteem focus on growth and improvement, whereas people with low self esteem focus on not making mistakes in life.
Learning magic not only teaches skills such as eye-hand coordination, focus, public speaking but learning magic builds confidence because children and teenagers feel they can achieve the impossible, they instantly get positive attention when they perform the trick or someone asks " you are a magician?". Feed back from parents has been that their children felt accepted even looked up to in the playground.
The Magic Academy School holiday activity - magic camps - Certificate Course, one on one Magic lessons, even the Magic Club (The Magicians Guild) are taught with the structure that learning magic is fun, it is OK to fail (becasue thats how magicians learn), opinions...don't listen to them! Methods are also used to overcome fear, shyness, mistakes. Children and teenagers also feel great about themselves because they have worked hard, overcome obstacles to learn a trick and mastered something popular!