Would you leave your 12 year old in the gift shop...

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by ShannonMB, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. robinb

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    This thread now has a Pee Wee Herman "I know you are, but what am I?" feel to it. I'm out before someone says the "secret word of the day" :happytv:.
     
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  3. Robbi

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    It's a do what's right for your family type of thing. I won't judge what other families allow because I don't know the correct thing for anyone else.
     
  4. TruBlu

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  5. North of Mouse

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  6. Reddy

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    just for everyones info
    I emailed Disney World & asked about bringing my boys with me into the bathroom - my boys are non-verbal austic
    Disney replied that boys age 10 & over are not allowed in the women's restrooms - please use the companion bathrooms if your child is of the other sex & over 9

    a 10 year should be able to go into a bathroom my themself - if not please bring someone with you to deal with it or use the companion
     
  7. Lorilais_mommie

    Lorilais_mommie " They can drink pepsi, but they can't pee in the

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    I think it's fine.. But you have to judge if you/her are ok with that..

    As for the bathrooms.. I have no problems with boys in women's bathrooms. For the most park they go the bathroom, wash and then go wait upfront for mom..
    I get more privacy at a disney bathroom then I do at home..
    My DD is having BAD separation issues and freaks out every time I walk out of her line of view..
     
  8. shoney

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    a number of years ago, I was on line to use the women's room at a broadway show. The line was soooo long and the show was going to start soon.

    The ppl from the theatre moved half of the women over to the mens room, so we could share. Women used the stalls, while the men were peeing the urinals! Didn't bother me one bit...I had to go!
     
  9. nchulka

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    Absolutely :thumbsup2

    ETA As you can see DS is 9 now and alive and well! I've let him go many places on his own, he is incredibly independent. He's been riding his bike all over the neighborhood by himself since he was 5 also. I let him go out and play and have fun and he always seem to make it back for dinner!
     
  10. nchulka

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    This is the most disturbing thing I have read in the entire thread! :scared1:
     
  11. North of Mouse

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    Someone seems to have severe separation/trusting/anxiety issues, and is already passing them down to their daughter :sad2: :scared1:

    Sure hope someone helps you with these feelings before you do have children of your own.
     
  12. Sheaboys

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    Do what you think is best. There are great que's to go through then chicken exits. I say do that. But only if the child is ok with going into the gift shop alone. I know my kids would be ok with that. But some kids aren't. So if you and your child are on the same page, do it.
     
  13. Primrosepower

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    Haha your DD is exactly like me!!! 4 parks, and those are the only 2 that I will not be going on!!
     
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    I think this is the best option unless you have FP. The waits can be very long otherwise to roam around alone for anyone let alone a 12 yr old.

    Who knows maybe she will gains some courage and jump on the ride at the last minute?
     
  15. mjkacmom

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    I would feel comfortable having a 5 year old wait outside the restroom - at that age, I was walking to school alone (15 minute walk). I'm more overprotective, though - my kids didn't walk to school without an adult until 2nd grade. :goodvibes

    I'm very familiar with boys ages 5 - 9, and also girls 5 - 9. None of my boys were really interested in sex at that age (of course). However, one of my boys might try to mess with one of his sisters, and get the wrong stall by mistake (if I brought him into the ladies room which I would not have). However, if I told him to stay put outside, he'd stay put outside. And I think the chances of him being the first every child abducted from WDW in it's history would be slim to none. If someone wants him that badly, they can snatch him on his walk home from school (which is also slim to none).
     
  16. Minnesota!

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    Totally agree.

    My 5.5 year old FREAKS on me if I tell him to come into the women's room. He is NOT having it. He hates it - "I am a boy mom, I go in the boy's room". So I let him 99% of the time. My older son - he has been using the men's room alone for a good few years, too. He is also mature and, as I said upthread, I would be ok with leaving him in a gift shop now. My 5 year old....he is pretty ditzy and I know would wander. He gets lost in our small little house, so I do think it will be a while longer before I let him do too much alone (outside of using the men's room...)
     
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    In the UK it is common to have male toilet attendants/cleaners working in the ladies' restrooms and in a lot of places in Europe, males and females use the same restrooms. I prefer separate ladies' restrooms as they are usually cleaner!
     
  18. North of Mouse

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  19. csummerlin55

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    I'm saying she will naturally get over it because the fact that a 9-10 year old boy is in the same restroom as they are (not peering in on them) should not be enough to scar a teen girl for life. If it does, I would worry about the teen.
     
  20. nchulka

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    It's that poor boy who is going to be scarred for life! If he's being raised in such a paranoid environment that his mommy makes him come with her to the ladies room he will grow up scarred (and scared)!
     
  21. csummerlin55

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    Wouldn't she be almost as mortified by a 9-10 year old little girl standing outside her stall door while she was attending to her feminine needs? Anyone standing within "peeking distance" would probably make a teen girl a little uncomfortable. Should we create a special restroom just for teen girls? Again, in my perfect world everyone would be comfortable. I want my DD to be comfy but I also want to raise her to be an understanding and reasonable adult.
     

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