Working with kids is one of my passions in life. I love seeing them smile and hearing them laugh. Personally, I have worked in countless hospitals and schools, however new title holders may feel awkward when faced with a tiny toddler.
1. Follow the Rules
If you are in a classroom or a hospital make sure to ask the teacher or social worker/nurse what the rules are. Make sure you follow all of the basic rules and regulations. As a titleholder you are a role model. Following the rules sets a good example for the kids and makes a good impression with the staff!
2. Get On Their Level
While some kids are excited to meet a "princess", others are intimidated. If you bend down and get on their level you won't be as tall, therefore less intimidating.
3. Start With the Basics
This may sound cheesy, but start by asking basic questions to toddlers and small children. How old are you? What is your favorite color? What grade are you in? What do you want to be when you grow up? One of those questions will make a child excited. Then you can find a common subject to talk about.
"Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds." -Orison Swett Marden
Miss Teen International