Leavings kids in room alone at night

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  1. princesspiglet

    princesspiglet DIS Veteran

    Jul 12, 2001
    I tried to do a search and could not find anything, so I apologize if this has already been asked ad nauseum. DD will be turning 9 on our cruise and we have an inside stateroom booked. Do any of you parents ever put your kids to bed and then go back out to a club or anywhere else for some alone adult time?

    DH was thinking we could put DD to bed around 11 and then we could go for a walk on one of the upper decks by ourselves each night. We are night-owls and she is a rooster! I feel weird leaving her alone, but DH thinks she will be fine and she will have a walkie talkie in case she needs to get a hold of us for anything. We are staying on deck 7.

    Any one else do this and did you feel comfortable doing it? We would probably only be gone for 30 mins at the most.
  2. wilma-bride

    wilma-bride <<This space intentionally blank>> Moderator

    Jul 13, 2005
    Personally, I wouldn't with a child of that age (and being that she will be alone, i.e. no siblings/company) but each to their own. I suspect you will get lots of differing opinions.

    Just to say our DS is also a rooster but he was in the kids clubs until midnight every night of our cruise and managed very well - he was having such a great time he didn't want to leave. The kids are able to curl up with cushions/blankets and have a snooze later on in the clubs if they want :)
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  4. nenner1

    nenner1 <font color=darkorchid>I must've been distracted b

    Mar 1, 2007
    Well our kids (9 and 11) are in their own room , so technically we leave them alone in their room all night. ;)

    The flames will probably be forthcoming but we've done it and will do it again. Our kids are responsible and they know not to open the door or leave the room. They have a two way radio (we have the other) and also the phone, which they certainly know how to use. They know where we will be. And we do stop in and check from time to time. Have had no problems int he past and don't anticipate any in the future (at least not until the teenage years...LOL)

    You know your kids best, you know what they can and can't handle and you will make the best decisions for your family so I say do what works for you and have a GREAT cruise! :thumbsup2
  5. CleoPahd

    CleoPahd Mouseketeer

    Jul 26, 2009
    When my daughter was 13 we left her alone for about an hour in the room at night on two nights. I don't think I would have felt comfortable leaving her alone if she were younger. I'm sure someone else out there will have better information, but I think there are some kid groups on the ship just for this type of situation where you can leave your child supervised so that you can get away to do adult things. I guess 30 minutes isn't very long, but you just never know.
  6. clawmachine

    clawmachine DIS Veteran

    Feb 5, 2010
    Just keep in mind that there are lots of people on the ship who may have key access to your room (maintenance, cleaning, etc.) and there is always a chance that someone would leave the key unattended and get into the wrong hands. I would be more concerned about that than about my sleeping kids waking up and wandering the ship. Definitely a personal choice. I wouldn't do it, at least not until my kids are much older...
  7. TinkTatoo

    TinkTatoo <font color=peach>Has a Tink tattoo on her shoulde

    Feb 10, 2004
    It's not something I'd be comfortable doing. The kids clubs are there so that parents can get some adult time so if you and DH wanted to spend some time together then you could do it while your DD was in the club
  8. princesspiglet

    princesspiglet DIS Veteran

    Jul 12, 2001
    That is how I feel too, I don't want to do it. But DH does and thinks she will be ok. She doesn't wake up afraid and is pretty responsible. But I will probabaly just put her in the kids club and she can fall asleep in there if she gets really tired. I will feel much more comfortable doing that.
  9. bethy

    bethy DIS Veteran

    Apr 24, 2007
    I have a 9 year old and that's not something I would personally feel comfortable doing. One of many things I would worry about would be what would happen if there were an emergency aboard the ship and I couldn't get to her.
  10. budbeerlady

    budbeerlady <font color=blue>I call DH The STREAK!!<br><font c

    Apr 27, 2005
    I would not feel comfortable because of others, not because of my 10yr old DD. We booked a veranda so we could sit out by ourselves and relax when Dd goes to bed. Usually at Disney we sit on the balcony or outside the room on chairs so she can fall asleep so we try to book all vacations that way.
  11. Page4

    Page4 Mouseketeer

    Jun 19, 2010
    There was story in the news this summer where a family left their kids in the hotel room in Orlando while they went to the pool and house keeping called the police and the parents actually went to jail. I can't remember the details. I'm sure you can google it. They were probably very young kids.
  12. KingRichard

    KingRichard DIS Veteran

    Oct 19, 2010
    Sad, but that happens at the casino's all the time.:confused3
  13. yashasvi

    yashasvi Earning My Ears

    Sep 14, 2010
    I confess that we did that for a few minutes (maybe 10-15 minutes) with DS (9) and DD (5) last month. I had taken a half-asleep DS to the Deck 10 to see fireworks. This was right after the pirate party and DW had not seen any of it, so I wanted to walk around with her.

    So, I dropped DS off in our stateroom (Deck 6), we tucked him in and told him that we would be out walking for a few minutes and left. He was asleep when we returned. Earlier, I had carried DD all the way from Parrot Cay - she had fallen asleep during dinner.

    In summary, though we were not too comfortable doing it, we did do it!

    - Y's Dad
  14. mks001

    mks001 Mouseketeer

    Aug 12, 2010
    I think I remember reading in one of these threads that you can call the kids club pager from any phone on the ship. Does anyone know if this is true? Is this is true, I have a very responsible DS 8 and would feel comfortable leaving him alone if a little while. My DW on the other hand might have a different opinion. I have a strong feeling though that we are going to have to pull him every night from the Oceaneer Lab.
  15. MinnesotaMouseketeers

    MinnesotaMouseketeers DIS Veteran

    Oct 25, 1999
    Another no vote from me. I wouldn't feel comfortable at all doing that.
  16. ededmd

    ededmd Mouseketeer

    Jul 4, 2006
    I think I would look at it like my room = my home.

    I wouldn't leave my kids (8, 5) at home alone so I don't leave them alone / unsupervised on the ship.

    If you would leave your 9 yo at home alone, you would be similarly fine with leaving her alone on the ship.
  17. hopelea

    hopelea I love everything DISNEY!!

    Sep 17, 2001
    We cruised first when my dd's were 6 & 8. We didn't have the chance to leave them alone in the room!! We couldn't get them to the room. :rotfl: They LOVED the kids clubs and wanted to stay until they closed. I have plenty of adult time with my dh. We strolled in the moonlight and went to what clubs were open.....then around 12:30 or so we picked up the kids and FORCED them to come back to the room with us to go to bed.
  18. lflynn

    lflynn Mouseketeer

    Sep 26, 2005
    :confused::confused:I agree. Your child wont want to go to sleep early anyway. We have been on DCL three times and it was not until my DD was 12 that we left her in the room alone sleeping and that was in the day. Too many people have access to your room. You probably would be too worried to enjoy yourselves anyway. My advice, dont do it.
  19. nicki.momof3

    nicki.momof3 Addicted to Disney Vacations

    Jul 21, 2008
    No way would I leave my 9 year old alone in the room - borders on neglectful in my eyes - FLAME away.
  20. Skylarr29

    Skylarr29 <font color=blue>Oh Darn it, I was 'forced' to buy

    Oct 8, 2003
    I absolutely would never leave a child that age alone.
  21. *WDW*Groupie*

    *WDW*Groupie* DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2006
    No way would I leave my 9 year old in the room by herself. Not even for 3 minutes.

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