Child modeling can be a controversial dinner conversation. Some parents are okay with it; others aren’t. Yet, most would probably agree that our catalogues, retail store displays, and Sunday paper inserts would be a bit less effective (and interesting) without children modeling the products.If you’re interested in learning more about getting your child started with modeling, first check out the following reasons it might work well for you and your child in the first place.Your Child Has “The Look”This one is tricky, because different modeling agencies – and companies in seek of child models – look for different kinds of “looks.” Children are beautiful, and every child has something to offer. Sometimes it just boils down to the timing of the agency’s or the company’s particular needs.However, if your child is especially photogenic or seems especially comfortable in front of cameras (see below), you might want to consider learning more about getting him or her into child modeling.Your Child Is Comfortable In The LimelightChildren are generally much more honest than are adults, and many young children are also much more comfortable with themselves. If a child enjoys performing in any capacity, chances are he or she isn’t shy about communicating that and does so without any prior encouragement. Parents of these kinds of outgoing children are well aware of their children’s abilities, and might want to learn more about and talk with their children about modeling. Child modeling is an excellent creative outlet for extrovert kids that can help them learn discipline, how to hone their talents, and even whether or not they want to pursue this path or explore other avenues. Your Child Needs A College FundObviously money shouldn’t be the only reason to introduce your child to modeling. Parents who trying to create modeling careers for their children with the sole purpose of making money or “getting rich” in mind are just asking for trouble. However, if you believe your son or daughter is well suited for child modeling – for example, your child has the look companies want and he or she is clearly comfortable posing or performing for others – the financial benefits are a serious perk.The money your child makes while modeling can help:

  • Pay for any future interests your child might have such as dancing, acting, or art classes.
  • Teach your child the value of money and how to manage it. Depending on your kid’s age, you might want to provide him or her with monitored access to the money so your child can learn how to shop for the things he or she needs (such as clothing and school supplies) and save for the things he or she wants (like toys or pets).
  • Cover expenses associated with your child’s future vehicle. If you think your child will have a vehicle once he or she is old enough to drive, this money can go toward saving for the purchase as well as covering the cost of maintenance.
  • Fund your child’s college education – and everything that accompanies it! Even if your child receives scholarships, grants, and loans for college, the money he or she earns during the child modeling years can help pay for new clothes, travel expenses, dorm room necessities, and even rent.

Remember that this money is your child’s money. As a parent, you should help your child manage his or her budget, but ultimately the money is for your child’s benefit.