Pat Payne, mum to Olympic Games swimming hopeful Keri-anne, gives her tale of being a mum to a London 2012 Olympic Games Athlete in her weekly blog. This week, Pat shares her advice for improving a sporting child's confidence...
It's less than a month now until the London 2012 Olympic Games and Team Payne are all getting very excited - and nervous. After competing in the Great London Swim and the Great North Swim, Keri-anne is concentrating on staying injury-free and making personal appearances. I still can't get used to seeing her on TV and billboards.
She hasn't always been so confident - in fact, when she was little she would hide behind me if we were with people she didn't know and not say a word. It was funny as we used to call her Miss Chatterbox at home!
Boosting their confidence
- Listen carefully Take your child's worries seriously, even if they don't seem very important to you they will be to them.
- Get them busy Activities outside school and home will help your child develop at their own pace and will help them to become independent.
- Be positive Believing in your child's abilities is a sure-fire way to boost their confidence.
How my shy girl blossomed
Keri-anne was a very shy little girl and people would always comment on it. I never worried or made a big deal about it because I knew what she was really like. At home, she was as loud and chatty as her brother and sister and just needed a bit of reassurance and encouragement from me.
Next time: enjoying mother-and-daughter time