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Old 02-23-2013, 03:19 PM   #1
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Would you feel comfortable leaving your 10 and 12 year old in your dvc room while you and your spouse went out to dinner alone? It would
only be at the most 2 hours. We are considering it but I feel a little uneasy. (mainly because we would not be at our house) We would be close by, they are very responsible and we do it on occasion at home. They would just watch tv and play cards. What are your thoughts??
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:24 PM   #2
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Depends on the resort. When we were at Aulani, we felt comfortable letting our 6 year old roam around alone, but I don't think I would anywhere else. The ages you gave though, yes.
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It completely depends on the maturity level of the kids, but yes, when my kids were that age I would have comfortably left them alone in the room for a couple of hours.
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:35 PM   #4
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If you are really concerned, you might want to consider putting them in one of the "kids clubs". It is not cheap, especially for two, but it would put your mind at ease and let you enjoy your meal (hopefully without interruption)

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Old 02-23-2013, 03:36 PM   #5
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Since you have done it at home, I'd say yes. You'll be close by and I assume have cell phones they could call if necessary.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:28 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone! I think we will do it unless the kids decide they aren't comfortable with it for some reason.
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Your comfort level is what counts. In at least some States, I think, 12 is "legal" babysitting age. Most kids that age can self-entertain for 2 hours these days, if they're used to all the electronic gadgets that are so prevalent and have cell phones.
If yours are Disney-wise and travel-wise, should be fine.

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Would you feel comfortable leaving your 10 and 12 year old in your dvc room while you and your spouse went out to dinner alone? It would
only be at the most 2 hours. We are considering it but I feel a little uneasy. (mainly because we would not be at our house) We would be close by, they are very responsible and we do it on occasion at home. They would just watch tv and play cards. What are your thoughts??
I probably wouldn't in a strange place but it depends partly on the kids themselves and partly on how far I was going from them. You said at most 2 hours, assuming you're going to a signature, that suggests to me you'll be close by walking distance because anywhere you had to drive to or take a taxi for a signature would likely get you to a min of 2 to 2.5 hours if that affects your decision. I'd likely put them in one of the kids programs which they'll enjoy better anyway.
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:16 PM   #9
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Just make sure they know what to do in an emergency, etc.

Also make sure they know not to allow any one to have access to the room and to put the latch on so that even Cast Members can not enter.

I personally would not. It is not the same as being at home where they have neighbors that they know.
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I would emphasize the importance of not opening the door for anyone and other safety precautions. I would then choose somewhere relatively close to your resort. I wouldn't go to a restaurant in a park. I would feel I could get to my car more quickly if I was parked at a resort.
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Only you can judge their maturity level. I was babysitting the neighbor's toddlers at age 10. Fun story: when I was 12, my parents left me in charge of my two younger sisters while they went on a helicopter tour during our family vacation to Hawaii. They gave me a slip of paper with a phone number on it and said, "If we don't come back, call this number." I was mature enough to understand and accept that responsibility without freaking out. They were gone a few hours, had a fabulous time, and made it back safe and sound. They would absolutely never have left my sisters with the same responsibility... I don't even think they could handle it now in their 20s
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With cell phones, I'd be comfortable with it. If you feel a little uneasy about it, why not go to dinner at your resort?
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:12 PM   #13
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Only you can judge their maturity level. I was babysitting the neighbor's toddlers at age 10. Fun story: when I was 12, my parents left me in charge of my two younger sisters while they went on a helicopter tour during our family vacation to Hawaii. They gave me a slip of paper with a phone number on it and said, "If we don't come back, call this number." I was mature enough to understand and accept that responsibility without freaking out. They were gone a few hours, had a fabulous time, and made it back safe and sound. They would absolutely never have left my sisters with the same responsibility... I don't even think they could handle it now in their 20s
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As each of our kids reached 12, we put him or her through a Red Cross babysitting certification course. (They'll accept kids 11 and older.) After that, we were comfortable leaving the kids home alone for a couple of hours. They felt that it was an honor being trusted and never got into trouble. Your mileage may vary, but it's a possible solution to consider, if not for this trip then for the future.
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Depends on the kids

I think it depends on the kids, but with safety instructions and mature kids, I'd say yes. I would make my own child check in with me via text every 15 minutes, but I'm a bit helicopter-ish.
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