How to Survive Dance Class Night

Disclaimer: I am a brand ambassador for McDonald’s. I am being compensated for this How to Survive Dance Class Night post.

Let me set the scene for you – it is a scene of frenzy that you are probably familiar with already.

I race from work to pick up my girls from day care around 4 p.m. Typically, they are on the playground at school when I arrive and do not want to leave. After some battle, I get my dusty girls loaded into the car. Off we race down the main road through town to our nearest McDonald’s. Or “Donald’s” as Scooter Britches calls it.

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Yes, we eat super early on dance class night. Due to the time of the class, it is the only way other than eating at 7:30 p.m., which really doesn’t work for our family.

 

Two Happy Meals and one Quarter Pounder meal later, we head toward our house.

Once home, the real frenzy begins. The girls munch on their McDonald’s all while I glance nervously at the clock. Often around this time, The Hubs call to tell me that he is stuck in traffic and is running a bit late. I scarf my cheeseburger and fries down and hurry Scooter Britches through her meal. Little One takes forever to eat, but she is not the one that needs to rush since she stays home while Scooter Britches goes to dance class.

I give SB the five minute countdown.

“Okay, we have to get dressed in five minutes. Hurry, hurry, hurry!”

How to Survive Dance Class Night - Easing the Frenzy of Busy Nights | Dinner on busy nights | Tiny Dancer | - The Gifted Gabber

How to Survive Dance Class Night - Easing the Frenzy of Busy Nights | Dinner on busy nights | Tiny Dancer | - The Gifted Gabber

I usually bring her dance class clothes, shoes, hair bow, and bag downstairs the night before so we can get ready without scrambling around in her room at the last minute.

As soon as she finishes eating, we hurry to the bathroom to get her cleaned up. A dusty girl and a tutu to not go together!

How to Survive Dance Class Night - Easing the Frenzy of Busy Nights | Dinner on busy nights | Tiny Dancer | - The Gifted Gabber

How to Survive Dance Class Night - Easing the Frenzy of Busy Nights | Dinner on busy nights | Tiny Dancer | - The Gifted Gabber

About this time, The Hubs usually arrives to scarf down some food really fast – like in 5 minutes or so. SB, dressed in her tights and leotard, wiggles and giggles as I make a painful attempt at putting her long but super fine hair into a high bun. Too many wisps of hair fall out so I try it again. The more I try, the more she wiggles. I have a long way to go to perfecting the ballerina bun.

How to Survive Dance Class Night - Easing the Frenzy of Busy Nights | Dinner on busy nights | Tiny Dancer | - The Gifted Gabber

Finally, she is ready, with dance bag on her back. And either her daddy or I head out the door toward the car to head for ballet and tap class.

This has become our Tuesday night normal. I hate that we have to rush like we do. I feel guilty hurrying the girls so much and not really getting to enjoy our dinner time together. But I feel grateful to have a quick place to stop for dinner that makes everyone happy. And I feel thankful for a husband that helps out as much as he does. He is a true partner on dance class night – whether it be with taking SB to dance class (and often being the only man among a sea of chatty women) or by staying home with LO.

In summary, the ways we survive dance class night are:

  1. Prepare the dance attire and bag the night before
  2. Have a dinner plan in mind
  3. Have a plan in place ahead of time for which partner/spouse will stay home and which will go to dance class

On our last visit to McDonald’s, I stepped outside the box and ordered something different from McDonald’s. I have always been a Chicken McNugget or a Quarter Pounder kind of gal. This time, I decided to try out the new Mac Jr., which is a smaller version of the Big Mac. The Big Mac has always seemed like a lot of burger for me which is why I haven’t ordered it often. But the Mac Jr. is perfect! It still has the same delicious tangy sauce but doesn’t have the extra patty or bun in the middle. It is perfect if a smaller burger is more your speed.

I think it will become part of my McDonald’s rotation for dance class night!

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How do you survive dance class night or other extracurricular nights?

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19 comments

  1. Tiffany Hathorn says:

    I need to follow these tips. Our busy days are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and I always find myself scrambling, lol. McDonald’s is somewhere we go often on Fridays because it is easier (and quicker) than cooking lunch (which we eat during co-op).

  2. Tiffanie says:

    You just have to be thankful for convenient food that helps mamas, like us, out! Also, so great that your girls are starting dance classes! So much fun!!

  3. Mylee says:

    This is me on Wednesday and Friday evenings, which are the nights my little has dance. Just because we like to live life on the edge we toss in my son’s lesson on Friday nights. 🙂

    My hubster gets mad that we usually have McDonald’s or some other fast food on those evenings but as you know sometimes that’s all we have time for. He told me to start getting familiar with our Instant Pot. Lol

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Working Mum says:

    Yes I can defintiely identify with this mad rush…I hadn’t been to McDonald’s for years and took my three there a couple of weeks ago when we had no time. Wow, things have changed since my day! We ordered on a touch screen board, laud by card, and I requested carrot sticks and pineapple with one of the happy meals. They then shared the carrot sticks (without complaint, not sure what was going on there) whilst I sneakily ate the french fries from the other. Purely in the interests of their health of course. So it was a win win. Fast food, healthy and I got a treat!

  5. Erika says:

    my little one is only 3 months old but when he’s ready for some activities, easy meals will be the way. thanks for sharing what works for you and your beautiful girls!

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