I am a member of the Invisalign Teen Mom Advisory Board. My daughter has received complimentary treatment from Invisalign, but all opinions expressed are my own.
When my daughter wanted to start taking dance lessons, my heart exploded. As a child dancer myself, I was more than excited to listen to little tap shoes, take pictures of adorable costumes, and take in amazing dance recitals. Ten years later and she has lots of recitals and dance competitions under her belt. She’s taken on pointe this year, as well as helping teach the little kids classes. Basically, I had to quickly learn how to manage a busy teen dance schedule, and I’m sharing my tips today.
How to Manage a Busy Teen Dance Schedule
Give Yourself a Break
I’m starting with this because my daughter often struggles with it. Don’t forget to have fun and give yourself a break. I’ve been making sure my daughter does something fun with me, or her friends, at least once a week. Sometimes it’s an evening out for dinner, or a trip to the local pottery place, and sometimes it is taking a whole day off on the weekend to binge watch Netflix.
Use a Calendar
Having a calendar or planner, and actually using it, helps you stay on top of things. Right now, my daughter is in the thick of school work with 4 AP classes, and has three days of dance lessons. Keeping a calendar of her assignments and dance days help her remember what nights she has more time for homework, and what nights she doesn’t.
Organized Dance Gear
Make sure dance shoes and gear are put away correctly, and in the same place every time. Being able to put on your dance class attire and grab your dance bag will save you tons of time getting ready over the year. Plus, it helps us moms out when our daughter’s stay the night somewhere, the night before a morning dance class, and we have to grab their stuff for them. 😉
Use Time Wisely
When you have breaks between dance lessons, use it wisely. My daughter packs her homework, especially if it involves reading, to tackle during downtime between dance classes on her long night. It can be tempting to surf social media and chat with friends, but getting a small assignment out of the way means less when you get home.
Prioritizing your schedule is a must. When your calendar is filled with academics, after school activities, dance, sports, work, having a life, and appointments, sometimes you have to make a decision. When booking my daughter’s Invisalign Teen appointments, I try to schedule them on early out school days, or afternoons when she doesn’t have dance classes. What that does is help me avoid stress on her part, for having to miss anything or get behind. It’s not a perfect world, but every little bit helps when it comes to a busy teen dance schedule.
Watching my daughter at her dance recital over the summer, and in classes this year, I can see a change in her confidence. She’s smiling more and I credit that to Invisalign Teen. Seeing the results already, it really is helping her smile more and talk more in social situations. There are still a few months left, and some wisdom teeth to come out, but I’m pleased with results already. I know she is too.