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post #41 of 89
There's nothing wrong with an 8 year old riding in a stroller at Disneyland.
post #42 of 89
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Originally Posted by eclipse View Post

There's nothing wrong with an 8 year old riding in a stroller at Disneyland.

 

You going to push the 8 yr old?  Dude I don't care if an 8 yr old rides in a stroller but imagine pushing that kid around.  I would be a big old beast within 20 minutes and would need to be pushed around myself.

post #43 of 89
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Originally Posted by Imakcerka View Post

You going to push the 8 yr old?  Dude I don't care if an 8 yr old rides in a stroller but imagine pushing that kid around.  I would be a big old beast within 20 minutes and would need to be pushed around myself.
That's what my husband is for. And I'll make the 11 year old push the 6 year old! Then I will find some place that serve alcohol and wait for them to get back.
post #44 of 89
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That's what my husband is for. And I'll make the 11 year old push the 6 year old! Then I will find some place that serve alcohol and wait for them to get back.

 

 

Oh that's good! 

post #45 of 89

I know my DH won't even entertain the idea.

 

even if you are only using if a few minutes- please! you still are pushing that thing around-most people (those naturally minded I know-loath strollers and wouldn't not want to deal with one and never would do one for a non-disabled child at this age)

 

seems far more about the parent not the child and certainly doesn't come off as a fun filled day but a mainstreaming of parenting, or the easy way out

 

breaks? must be a archaic idea - who really wants to see it all- the parent? so push on

 

can't imagine how the US is perceived as lazy

post #46 of 89
Wait, strollers for 8 yo's is mainstream?
post #47 of 89
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Originally Posted by serenbat View Post

I know my DH won't even entertain the idea.

 

even if you are only using if a few minutes- please! you still are pushing that thing around-most people (those naturally minded I know-loath strollers and wouldn't not want to deal with one and never would do one for a non-disabled child at this age)

 

seems far more about the parent not the child and certainly doesn't come off as a fun filled day but a mainstreaming of parenting, or the easy way out

 

breaks? must be a archaic idea - who really wants to see it all- the parent? so push on

 

can't imagine how the US is perceived as lazy


I'm going to just throw it out there.  Judge much?  My concern about pushing a larger child around is that it's most likely not comfortable for the adult.  I couldn't do it. 

post #48 of 89

it certainly is in my area! 

 

really this mainstream on mainstream parenting boards

 

there are stroller rentals at zoo not far from me, class trips come with Kindies (5+) and they even don't ride in strollers, neither do the older one-capable/able, they walk

post #49 of 89
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Originally Posted by serenbat View Post

it certainly is in my area! 

 

really this mainstream on mainstream parenting boards

 

there are stroller rentals at zoo not far from me, class trips come with Kindies (5+) and they even don't ride in strollers, neither do the older one-capable/able, they walk


?  What are you trying to say?

post #50 of 89

I know a 5 year old that won't even get in a stroller and have recently been to Disney- I know many girls 7 & 8 and we mentioned this to them and they laughed that children actually want to be pushed at that age.

 

First I think the parent is not getting a vacation/fun day pushing and second I see no need for it- take a break.

 

It's not the end of world - take your time, enjoy it but it's not some kind of race to see it all.

post #51 of 89

Yeah get it but don't call people lazy and fat.  It's just ugly to do so.

post #52 of 89

Personally, no way would I put either of my kids in a stroller at Disneyland at any age.  Not our thing, and we all could probably use a rest when a kiddo is tired! And I'm with the folks who believe it is not a race, and you don't need to see it all, and less is more.   But I don't care if someone else puts their kid in a stroller for whatever reason, at whatever age.  I don't know what's going on with you or your kid. If it's working for you, rock on.  As for the judgey-judgey tone of the thread, no one should be surprised.  This gets dragged up every once an a while and ends up going in the same direction every time.  

post #53 of 89
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Yeah get it but don't call people lazy and fat.  It's just ugly to do so.

I didn't - you didn't read, can't imagine how the US is perceived as lazy

 

it is a general perception of Americans comes from some place doesn't it?

post #54 of 89
I really don't give two shits if something I'm doing is perceived as mainstream. However, I got tons of comments from presumably "mainstream" people) when my then 6 year old (size of an 8 or 9 year old) frequently rode in a stroller. eyesroll.gif
post #55 of 89
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Originally Posted by serenbat View Post

I didn't - you didn't read, can't imagine how the US is perceived as lazy

 

it is a general perception of Americans comes from some place doesn't it?

 

 

All those stoller users!  Ruining it for everyone!

post #56 of 89
Is this where we start the debate about whether kid leashes are dehumanizing?
post #57 of 89

I'm not sure why it would be a big deal or even something to think about too much. I never encourage our 6 and 7 year old to sit in the stroller but if the younger ones want to walk, we're on smooth pavement, and whoever is pushing the stroller doesn't mind then it's ok. For big outings we usually bring our bob double jogging stroller and, honestly, an extra 50 pounds doesn't feel like much in that stroller. I wouldn't make a hard and fast 10 minute rule but what's worked for our family is telling the older ones that the younger ones have priority and they cannot jump in and out. If they're exhausted enough to sit in a stroller then they're too tired to jump in and out of it when something looks interesting, if they jump out they're out for awhile. The person pushing the stroller doesn't want to keep stumbling over themselves when the kid in the stroller gets up suddenly. 

 

While I can understand parents thinking it's bad parenting to let an older child ride I think it's important to realize that not all kids have the same stamina. It's not fair to the rest of the family for everyone to have to stop and rest because the easily exhaustion seven year old needs a break when they could just ride in the stroller and everyone can keep going. One of our older kids gets hot very quickly, I would rather push her in the stroller while she cools down so we can all enjoy our outing.

post #58 of 89
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Originally Posted by eclipse View Post


That's what my husband is for. And I'll make the 11 year old push the 6 year old! Then I will find some place that serve alcohol and wait for them to get back.

You know she can't drink right now!

 

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post #59 of 89

I wouldn't have a child this age use a stroller unless it was medically necessary.  A child this age is almost certainly well above the weight limit for one thing and if she breaks the stroller there is no stroller for either child to sit in.  Mostly I wouldn't do it because I think that if a child is too tired to enjoy vacation while taking it in actively the pace and approach needs to be reconsidered.  For me the goal of vacation is to have fun, sometimes this means we don't do every single ride, see every exhibit at a new zoo, go to every museum possible, stay from open to close at the beach, etc...  but our memories are always fun and we always have a reason to return for more fun.  When my dd isn't ready to bounce up and do more after resting and having a snack or meal we head back to the hotel and have some peace.  I understand the desire to do a ton of stuff because vacations are expensive, but for me that is not what vacation is all about.

post #60 of 89
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Originally Posted by Imakcerka View Post

 

You going to push the 8 yr old?  Dude I don't care if an 8 yr old rides in a stroller but imagine pushing that kid around.  I would be a big old beast within 20 minutes and would need to be pushed around myself.

 

Pushing my fairly heavy almost seven year old in a good stroller is easier than pushing my three year old in the one we own. We rarely use a stroller, so have stuck with a cheap, not terribly well made one that we bought when ds2 was a baby. It's hard to push.

 

I've used the Disneyworld strollers. I'm assuming they're the same ones at Disneyland. I'd have no problem letting an older child rest in one of those while we kept on the move. Sitting around on a bench to "take a break" (if I can find a bench in the first place - you can't always) in the hot sun is not my idea of a good time. I'd rather get to the air-conditioned restaurant, ride, or whatever more quickly. Everyone is different.

 

My back isn't great. My back isn't great at all. In fact, my back is shot to crap. Personally, I found Disney World to be kind of awful. But, my kids LOVED it. We'll go again, because my in-laws promised us another trip when our youngest is old enough. (The first trip was a family gift from them, but was really meant for ds1, who was 14 at the time.) I don't like the parks, but if sticking ds2 in a stroller for a little while when he's overwhelmed makes it a better trip for everyone, I'm all for it.

 

I just don't see the issue here. Disney theme parks really aren't like every day life - very busy, very stimulating, a little overwhelming (even just staying with the group can be draining), etc. It's not going to kill anybody to let an older child ride in a stroller for a few minutes, so he/she can rest his/her legs, and the group can still keep moving. And, going back to the hotel eats a LOT of time out of a visit, ime.

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