The Life Of A Performing Artist

Why Ballet is a Great Hobby for Foster Children

Whether you're new to fostering or you're an experienced foster parent, encouraging your child to pursue a hobby can be very beneficial to your relationship and home harmony. If the child you're fostering doesn't have any hobbies or they could benefit from a new one, why not try ballet? Here are 2 reasons why ballet classes are a great weekly activity for foster children.

Ballet Helps You Bond

Bonding with your child can be one of the biggest struggles on the fostering journey. Many foster children had poor relationships with their parents before being fostered; others had strong connections with their mum and dad. Both can lead to your child resenting you and refusing to build a relationship.

Whatever the reason behind your bonding problems, taking your child to weekly ballet classes can have unrivalled benefits for your relationship. Ballet gives you, your child and the rest of your family so many opportunities to build and develop your connections. Whether you're showing your foster child how much you care about them by watching their classes or recitals or you're chatting on the way to and from lessons, this hobby will help bring you closer together. As an added bonus, ballet will also help your child learn how to form bonds and build relationships with other adults (like their ballet teacher) and children (like their classmates).

Ballet Improves Mental Well-Being

Many foster children also struggle with mental and emotional well-being as a result of the upheavals in their young lives. Ballet classes can be an amazing outlet for emotional expression, helping your foster child work through such issues. Ballet gives them something positive to focus on and offers a chance to release pent-up negative energy in a healthy form, expressing how they feel with safe, productive bodily movement. This makes it a great supplement to anger management and aggression therapy. 

It also helps build confidence by putting your child on an equal playing field with other young, novice dancers, letting them experience mistakes and successes alongside their peers without feeling embarrassment or shame. In addition, performing on stage can help shy and reserved children see the joy of being open, proud and self-assured.

Finally, if your foster child is one of many who struggles with discipline, ballet will help there too. To be a successful dancer, your child will need to follow a teacher's instructions and work hard to improve. This helps your child form a positive relationship with authority, rules, and self-discipline.

About Me

The Life Of A Performing Artist

It is hard to finish up at high school when you want to make a career out of a passion rather than a traditional trade. I have loved dancing since I was five years old, and I wanted to take this desire further as a career choice. Many dancers are discouraged from this life, so I want to use this blog as a way to provide information about how you can make money in the performing arts field. Jobs do exist, and I want to help people find them. From working in seasonal parades at theme parks to getting hired as cruise ship entertainment, you can make money doing something you love!


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