Challenges for busy Mums

As a busy mum of three active kids I certainly understand and appreciate the challenges we all face in juggling our children’s activities and our family commitments. I am a big believer that busy kids, engaged in our dance community, will derive benefits that will far exceed your expectations. Walk into our studios after school or on Saturdays and you will see many older students that have been with us for years. They are bright, well-mannered, interesting and expressive young people. They are a shining example of how just how worthwhile an activity like dance can be. You can read more about my thoughts on this here.

Winter months can be tough

Sticking with an activity can be tough! The winter months can present challenges. Picking up tired, wet, cold kids from the school gate is no fun for anyone. Organisation is key to getting through these hard days.  I promise if you can stick through it, you and your child will reap the benefits.

Here are some of my top tips for managing your dancer’s experience with us, especially through those cold winter months:

  • Check their bag the night before class and make sure you have all uniform items ready to go. There is nothing worse than scrambling at the last minute to find that pesky pair of ballet tights.
  • Encourage your dancer to check their bag and items also, we love watching our students develop their own organisational skills and independence as they grow with us.
  • Label all items of clothing, including shoes. No one wants to pay twice for uniform items!
  • If your dancer takes classes after school make sure they have power packed snack prior to dancing. Great after school pre-dance snacks in my house are: sushi rolls, bananas, boiled eggs, tuna pasta bake, cheese and crackers.
  • A well-rested dancer is more focused and able to learn than a tired one. Plan ahead and ensure your dancer is in bed at a reasonable time the night before dance classes.
  • Stay abreast with information. Read emails as they come through to make sure you are aware of any relevant events for your child. We communicate through a variety of channels and we ask that you check them regularly.

I know when I am well prepared and laden with snacks (and armed with a large coffee for myself) I am in the best position to get the kids to their activities without too much fuss!