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Oh, the beautiful signs of Springtime. The sounds of birds chirping, the smell of flowers, and of course, your child’s sparkling costume hanging in the closet. It’s recital season!

You may have a little 3 or 4 year old that will take the stage for their very first recital, or a middle schooler that is finally in the “big kid” class, or even a graduating senior who has been in more recitals than you can count. It’s a different experience for all of us, but there is a common thread that ties us all together. We all want our children to have fun, and leave the stage knowing that we are so proud of them.

At times, getting to the stage can feel like a whirlwind. From packing up the supplies, to sweeping up those long locks of hair, to applying a little lipstick, the day can seemingly come out of nowhere. Let’s not let that happen! Here are some tips to make your recital experience less stressful, and more enjoyable.

  1. Know the Schedule
    • When is your child expected to be at the theater?
    • What time is the show?
    • How long is the show?
  2. Pack ahead of time
    • Pack only what your child needs, clean out the dance bag!
    • Be sure to pack extra tights in case of an accident
    • Label your child’s belongings
  3. Energize
    • No matter what time of day your child’s show is, be sure they are fueled up with a well balanced meal and get plenty of fluids
  4. Get ready at Home
    • Avoid crowded dressing rooms, and prepare as much as you can in the comfort of your own home. You’ll arrive ready to go!
  5. You are their #1 Fan
    • Your child couldn’t be more excited about you seeing them onstage.
    • Bring a “congratulations” gift like flowers or a trinket – give it to them after the show
  6. Slow Down
    • Take a moment when you are getting ready to absorb the moment. Before you know it, those little ones will be all grown up!
    • Planning extra time for good luck hugs before you make your way to your seat

Happy Recital Season… you got this.

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