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kroeder
10-20-2007, 12:25 PM
I have a 7 1/2 year old who much prefers being with kids a little older than she. Has anyone ever asked to move their child up to the next age group even if they aren't quite there yet? I'd love to get her in the 8-9 year old group.

aidanht
10-20-2007, 12:40 PM
Yes, and it was no trouble at all. I don't think the computer will let you do it, but when you get on board, explain the situation to the CM who is giving out the pagers, etc., and they will let you do it. Depending on the CM, they might give you a bit of a hard time, but others figure you know your child best. Either way, it will be with the understanding that if your DD turns out not to fit in with the older kids, they reserve the right to move her back. I'm sure she will be fine -- you DO know her best!

thevancegirls
10-21-2007, 08:42 AM
My daughter is 12 and is tall enough to be 14..she is in the 7th grade and is balking at hanging out with 8-9 year olds...I hope that they will allow her to "hang" with the teenagers. I have heard comments both ways..they WILL let you change or that they are adamant about keeping them with their "age" group. I am sailing Thursday and will let you know!

Andrew DEREK UK
10-21-2007, 08:46 AM
My son has a birthday early September and we often cruise in August they have allowed him to bump up to the next age group as he was within a month.

CraftyMouse
10-21-2007, 09:23 AM
My daughter is 12 and is tall enough to be 14..she is in the 7th grade and is balking at hanging out with 8-9 year olds...I hope that they will allow her to "hang" with the teenagers. I have heard comments both ways..they WILL let you change or that they are adamant about keeping them with their "age" group. I am sailing Thursday and will let you know!

If you are sailing on the Magic there is a new area for the 10-14 age group called Ocean Quest. I think DCL put this in place to address concerns like your daughter's. Bumping a 12yo to The Stack isn't a great solution either as she would then be with kids up to 17yo. This new area gives older tweens and younger teens a place all their own.

Sadly this area is not available on the Wonder.

atinkerbellmom
10-21-2007, 12:31 PM
Exactly as the pp states. Grant it, I do not have a 12 year old, but I would have a problem with her being with and making friends with kids that can be up to 17 yo. To me, I wish they could divide the kids even again. I know what SOME of the older kids are doing and if I had a 12 yo, I would not want her "hanging out" with them. They do many activities together. Including that beach :eek:
Now, I have never asked for my kids to be bumped up or down as I feel they have programing set up age specific. IMO, I think they allow the up or down thing based on the numbers for that cruise. If the lab is more full, the answer would be no for a 7 yo, if the club is more full they would be a little more apt to let a 7 yo "trial" the older group.
NOT intended for the orginal poster, but everyone thinks they have the exception to the rule and that things do not apply to them. When they thought through the programing, they had professional developmental specialist help them in the planning. To me, it is just the same for people to say, but my child is so academically smart, they should let him/her skip a couple of grades in school. (Coming from a person of a very bright academic child), but are they 100% rounded in all areas?