Typo disclaimer:NAK on and off
My head is seriously spinning. I had no idea where to post this.. it started off going to the Family Safety forum but I wasn't sure because I started venting, and then I thought about personal growth because of my ridiculous actions.. and then I figured that I just didn't know and I put it in here. I hope that that's okay.
At what age do you find it appropriate for a child to ride a roller coaster? What about other amusement-park type rides?
I have a story which led me to my question
Yesterday, after going out to eat a Valentine's day brunch with our in-laws, they offered to pay for us to go with DD to the place nextdoor- a chuck-e-cheese type thing, only with small amusement park rides (which I didn't know about). I had never been there before. I assumed it was just a play place type thing for kids (tunnels and such), and thought my 25 month old DD would have some fun for a special treat, since we've been rather cooped up this winter.
So I sit down to nurse the baby, and FIL and SIL (who is 15, nonetheless) tell me they are going to take DD to play. Like I said- I thought they were going in the play land area.. I had NO IDEA they had roller coasters! They're kind of hidden and the whole place was a zoo (another reason I really regret going). They took DD on a few and came back with her. She wanted to go on for another ride. I was finished with the baby, so I figured I'd go and check it out. I ended up going on with her. Ohh my goodness. They didnt check height or anything (there wasn't anything to measure them either). I should have told them to stop the ride and find it totally irresponsibe of me that I actually let DD ride it that last time. The little rail thing was totally too big for her and had I not been clutching her she'd have gone sailing into the air.
This totally freaked me out and I'm so angry at myself and at my ILs for taking her on those rides (though that one I went on with her was her last ride and I put my foot down). She's still rear facing in her car seat and I'm huge on that and I can't believe I let her ride that ride. It just makes me want to throw up. I also found out that they let her ride on one ride ALONE! SIL was trying to go with her but they said that she was too tall. Nevermind the 2yo. I know DD is tall and looks like she's 3yo, but c'mon. I wouldn't even let a 3yo ride alone. It was a ride where these little airplane cars (shaped like bananas) are all attatched to long arms and spin around a tall pole while going up and down (think merry-go-round). Anyways- THEY LET HER RIDE ALONE.
I was pretty angry at them for this and their defense was that "oh, she was on the broken one anyways, so it didn't carry her into the air, just stayed at ground level". Ugh. So she was on a broken on top of it.
I called my husband at his job (he was about to get off) and he came to the place and took us home.
So very sorry about the excessive venting... my main question was about the roller coasters, but please feel free to chime in about this situation and what you would've done (and feel free to flame me.. I know I deserve it