Tips to Help Prepare Children for the Class Clown
Often we see adults get upset with children who like to be around them more than any of their other classmates. While we can never please a child with every last thing we do, we can still help them on their path to thriving. Below are a few tips to help prepare students for the classroom clown.
Enjoy the Students’ Displays
Supervised or not, students might put on a show for others. Whether we like it or not, their faces have been programmed to include a certain expression or sound. Some even show you when their shoulders are hunched up, or when their arms are spread wide. The idea is to let students create a sound effect when they smile, or at least it makes us smile with them.
Don’t get mad at their actions, just notice it. Don’t get them wrong. There is no such thing as making a kid a clown without good reason. Kids with good points to make will push the boundaries of a bit of crazy and find a way to gain points. As long as we as parents, teachers, or school leaders don’t ignore this, we can all learn to learn from a child’s behavior, including their performances.
Allow Them Time to Relax
If your child makes others uncomfortable with their energy and happiness, it may be that he is a bit anxious about performing onstage. They might even see their actions as as an odd expression, since many of their peers might give them a hard time. Whatever the reason, your child may not be comfortable if they end up being the only one making an unusual sound. Allow your child some time to clear their heads and give them time to enjoy their thoughts. Offer to take them to a cafe, coffee shop, or another location to release some of that energy before taking them to school the next day.
Give Them the Time to Grow Up
Believe it or not, not everyone likes clowns. It can be quite a surprise when their peers decide to get in on the fun and make clown costumes. That doesn’t mean they can’t play with a bit of bravery and an extra sense of humor, as long as they aren’t too forced. Give them more time than usual to grow up with more than just looks and attitude. Let them be a bit of a character, rather than seeing everything with a strict “straight face.” The more fun they seem to have playing with a clown mask, the happier they will probably feel. When the go outside, perhaps they can imagine playing games or being a little larger than life.