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Old 03-28-2013, 12:06 PM   #91
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This is really a personal decision. Me, no, I would not leave one of my kids home on a trip to WDW. I'm a working mom and time with my kids (especially vacation time which I don't get a lot of) is very important to me. If I were a stay at home mom with my kids day in and day out, I might feel differently.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:13 PM   #92
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I didn't take my parents to Hawaii on my honeymoon. I guess that means they are not family.
The OP is talking about taking a family vacation and leaving one child behind, not going on a honeymoon and leaving all the kids behind.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:22 PM   #93
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Not sure.........but the reason I know he remembers is because we got "stuck" (delayed for 30 minutes) on POC on our last trip, and we have been watching you tube videos of Disney stuff. As we were watching the POC ride my son says mommy we got stuck on there and you took our picture making silly faces. I was amazed
I think it is amazing what kids remember! My twins were 3 the first time we took them to DL and they remember a surprising amount about the trip. They still talk about the light up headboards at DLH. My son talks about meeting Buzz and Woody all the time (Buzz was his hero and obsession for years). My DD talks about meeting Ariel at her "restaurant". Maybe some of it has to do with pictures but I think they honestly just remember a lot of it because it made such a big impression on them.

Hope you have a great trip with them in May! We went last year in May to WDW for the first time and our twins were 4. They loved it.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:31 PM   #94
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In other words I know my daughter would love it BUT I can't be bothered to go through "the trouble" of taking her on what could be an amazing family trip. Bringing her was never under consideration?? Taking your own daughter to Disneyland sounds like a nightmare? How sad..
Just because you would take your young ones doesn't mean people are somehow wrong for not taking theirs.

I know my daughter and I know us. You do not. I know how trips with my daughter go because we've taken them. You do not. For us, the trouble of taking her would outweigh the benefits and we would all have more fun if she stayed behind, including her.

I know this may come as a shock to you, so you may want to sit down for this one:

Not every family is like yours. What works for you will NOT work for everyone else. Period.

The fact that you seem to think so is, oh, what was it you said? How sad...
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I haven't read all the replies, but I am going to offer a different perspective. When I was 3 -4 years old, my parents went to Disney with my big brother who was 9-10 years old at the time. I was left at home to stay with my grandparents. I knew where they were going, they brought me back a mickey mouse stuffed animal. I was not harmed in any way by not going with them. I knew someday I would be big enough to go. I loved the time with my grandparents. The trip also gave my parents some special time alone with my brother which they had not gotten since I was born. How awesome for my brother to be able to be the center of attention again, even for just a week. How awesome for my parents to be able to reconnect with their first born. I'm sure the OP's daughter will relish her parents full attention for a few short days. It will be wonderful for her and her parents.
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I haven't read all the replies, but I am going to offer a different perspective. When I was 3 -4 years old, my parents went to Disney with my big brother who was 9-10 years old at the time. I was left at home to stay with my grandparents. I knew where they were going, they brought me back a mickey mouse stuffed animal. I was not harmed in any way by not going with them. I knew someday I would be big enough to go. I loved the time with my grandparents. The trip also gave my parents some special time alone with my brother which they had not gotten since I was born. How awesome for my brother to be able to be the center of attention again, even for just a week. How awesome for my parents to be able to reconnect with their first born. I'm sure the OP's daughter will relish her parents full attention for a few short days. It will be wonderful for her and her parents.
Thank you for this well put reply. Very positive, very true. Those who go to the extreme to say how awful that child's life will be if they one day realize they were left behind just crack me up.
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:52 PM   #97
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Lol - dd10 just asked me if she was ever excluded from a family vacation (vocabulary word?). I told her yes, when she was a baby, as had all of her siblings, when they were babies. All of them were left behind with grandma while the older (walking, potty trained) kids went on vacation with the parents.

Now, not all vacations, but some (beach, Hershey), where it would be much more pleasant for the rest of us without a baby! I'm saving up for their therapy now....
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:06 PM   #98
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I would make the decision on a case-by-case basis.

I probably would not leave one child behind while taking all the others.
I would do a mother-son/daughter trip with each of my children individually, if the opportunity arose.
I would absolutely leave ALL the children behind and go with just DH.
I would leave them all behind and go with other people entirely.
It depends entirely on the reason for the vacation.
I will not feel guilty.

That said, we took DS at 3 months old (he slept most of the time when he wasn't having diaper blowouts and it was still a very enjoyable trip) and are taking him again at 2 1/2 (he'll probably spend at least an hour watching trains). We would have taken him in between, but we didn't go. I doubt I will hesitate to take any of my children at any age.
Disney is an MUCH easier place to vacation with kids than a lot of the other possibilities and I plan on taking vacations as a family as much as possible.

I'm going on a beach vacation with my Mom and sister and leaving DS behind with DH in a few months. It's a girls' trip and I think it will be good for me to get away for a while. DH agrees. I've never been away from DS for longer than 2 nights, so it's going to be hard for me. It has never occurred to me to bring DS along.

I do not think that leaving a 1 year old behind will harm that child in any way nor do I think bringing them will ruin the trip.
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I have not read all the responses, but I have read many. I don't think your baby will be scarred if you choose to go without him or her. I just wanted to let you know that if you do take the baby, s/he will most likely have a fantastic time. We just came back from a trip with our 4 year old DS and our 11 month old DD, and she LOVED all the rides and sights and sounds. She was looking around all the time wide-eyed. She was laughing and waving her hands around and just generally being gleeful. She won't remember the trip, but we will. It was a pleasure to see her so (positively) stimulated and happy. You need to make the choice based on your family and the temperament of your kids, but I just wanted you to know that Disney can be magic for kids of ALL ages!
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:44 PM   #100
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Just because you would take your young ones doesn't mean people are somehow wrong for not taking theirs.

I know my daughter and I know us. You do not. I know how trips with my daughter go because we've taken them. You do not. For us, the trouble of taking her would outweigh the benefits and we would all have more fun if she stayed behind, including her.

I know this may come as a shock to you, so you may want to sit down for this one:

Not every family is like yours. What works for you will NOT work for everyone else. Period.

The fact that you seem to think so is, oh, what was it you said? How sad...
Well said!
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:53 PM   #101
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I haven't read all the responses either... but I'd take my one year old. In fact I've taken three out of four of my kids when they were between 10 mo to 14 mos and loved each of those trips. None of my kids were difficult at that age and frankly I never had any one volunteering to take them lol.

My oldest is going to be a Sophomore in high school next year and he doesn't want to come with us because he would have to miss school and it makes me so sad to think that our family vacations could be changing. He's made a good case for staying home with a family member. This mama's heart is still hurting
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I'd do it. Last year I took ODS and left YDD (4.5 at the time) behind. YDD doesn't go on ANY of the big rides which ODS loves so that would have meant me staying off with DD while DS went on alone..... not to mention, YDD is *very* high maintenance and monopolizes pretty much all my time/attention. We had a blast. It's one of my favorite vacations ever and special because DS and I got to have special alone time which has been hard to come by since YDD came along........ in the next year or so I will take her alone for a special Mommy-daughter trip and we will do lots of princess-y stuff, and it will be super fun and just as special as the trip with DS.
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I dont think I would do it but its up to you... We took our boys last fall and the youngest turned 1 the week after we got back.. I enjoyed watching his face at all the lights, sounds etc and could not imagine leaving him behind.. To me, family vacations are just that. Family vacations and no one gets left behind... But only you know what is best for your family.
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:18 PM   #104
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I would and have left kids out of family vacations. I left my twin girls home with my mom while we took a Florida trip with my son. It was awesome getting to be with just him.

DH and I often leave all the kids home when we go to disney. My kids are all sticks in the mud and DH and I like to have fun!! Leave your baby with grandma. Go have a great time. It's ok to remove our heads from our kids butts once in awhile!!!
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:55 PM   #105
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I would make the decision on a case-by-case basis.

I probably would not leave one child behind while taking all the others.
I would do a mother-son/daughter trip with each of my children individually, if the opportunity arose.
I would absolutely leave ALL the children behind and go with just DH.
I would leave them all behind and go with other people entirely.
It depends entirely on the reason for the vacation.
I will not feel guilty.
This is how I feel as well. I think traveling with a baby is one of the easiest things. I also wouldn't leave a child that age myself, but different strokes I suppose. I can't relate to the feeling if being bogged down by taking my child with me to Disney. But I am pretty high energy and my kids were all easy babies.
Now that they are older....not so much.

They complain about the food options, they ask for a zillion things, they are hungry all the time, they whine more. Compared to this age, a one year old is a piece if cake!
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