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.
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!”
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!
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.
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:
- Prepare the dance attire and bag the night before
- Have a dinner plan in mind
- 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!
How do you survive dance class night or other extracurricular nights?
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