Hatfield has her piano recital this upcoming Saturday.
In addition to playing her pieces, Hatfield needs to introduce herself and her piano selections.
She is upset and terrified and has pretty much been crying ever since she found this out this afternoon.
I notice that as she gets older, creeping towards her teen years, she becomes more and more uncomfortable with speaking or reading allowed (in front of non-family). We find that with each passing year, she becomes shyer and less sure of herself in front of others.
I asked her if she is afraid when she dances in front of others, because in these competitions, she is dancing in front of hundreds of people. She explained she is not since she can't see the audience, and she is with her dance team and not alone.
I pointed out that she has played in numerous piano recitals and competitions, so maybe there's something that she does in those situations that could help her. Yet in those situations, she explained, she is so focused on the piano and playing her piece that she can't see or even register that the audience is there.
So her fear is quite specific to speaking in front of others. While I hate seeing my girl in such dismay, I truly believe she must do this and work through her fears.
Does anyone have any been there, done that advice that we could pass along to our girl?