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Need a confidence-building course for 10yr old - any ideas?

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gemilyb · 27/04/2015 21:36

Hi all,
My 10yr old girl is struggling with self esteem and lacking enthusiasm for most aspects of life....tearing her away from TV to do anything else is impossible - she thinks she's not good enough at anything to make doing it worthwhile.
I want to take her away for a few days to do something that will spark some interest in a hobby, show her a 'can do' attitude and help build confidence in her own abilities.
Any ideas?!
Thanks so much!

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meandjulio · 27/04/2015 21:47

Bushcraft course? This guy is great though it looks as if he doesn't post on FB much - too busy making good things happen outside! Really good fun to go together.

What does she watch on TV? If she likes drama/comedy shows, maybe a youth theatre group would be fun? Creation Theatre in Oxford do 'put on a play in a week' holiday play schemes and things like that. I bet there are others where you can do something together.

gemilyb · 28/04/2015 12:24

Thanks meandjulio, I'll look up that bushcraft guy - sounds like fun. She watches a whole heap of rubbish on TV - mostly American childrens tripe (sorry disney fans) and has developed this 'talk to the hand -huh-huh' attitude as a result which drives me crazy. Really want to inspire her to learn new skills, new interests, get a fire in her belly about something....anything! I hate that she won't even try anything new for fear she won't be very good.
Thanks for your ideas x

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Heels99 · 28/04/2015 12:25

Yha run holiday programmes.
Cut the plug off the tv!

SweepTheHalls · 28/04/2015 12:27


OllyBJolly · 28/04/2015 12:36

DD1 joined the local drama group aged 10, not because she wanted to but because she wanted to get out of another group she went to (she confessed this just recently!)

She had been very shy and quiet, so much more so than her friends. I really didn't think it would suit her. She loved it and seemed to change very quickly. It seemed to really bring her out of a shell. She usually ended up with the comedy role in any productions, and did some stand up and DJing when she went to uni.

She never really enjoyed PGL (although did do Camp America). DD2 was always very gregarious and outgoing and loved PGL.

meandjulio · 28/04/2015 21:25

TBH it sounds like Guides might be great for her?

gemilyb · 28/04/2015 21:59

Thanks all, some great suggestions.

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rastamam · 28/04/2015 22:02

forest schools are awesome?

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