Mom And Daughter Hammock
  • On Dec 10, 2011
    Jana from ON Asked

    @ what age are you comfortable letting your children sign themselves in/out of kids clubs on cruise? DD's will be 11 & 14 when we travel on Fantasy (not necessarily in the same clubs because of age differences).

    Welcome back, Jana -- it's great to "see" you again here!

    You know your children best, and what may work for me and my kids may not be what you're comfortable with dealing with your children.  With that said, my general rule of thumb when advising friends and neighbors is to ask them at what age are you comfortable allowing your children to roam your local mall without you by their sides.  I have four children with various maturity levels (at different ages). Therefore, for some, it may be younger than for another.  Does that make sense?

    There are two wave phones per stateroom, and for our family, we have to have two staterooms. Therefore, we usually have four wave phones between the six of us.  My husband and I each have one, and my two oldest children (17 and 14) keep one each.  They, of course, can check themselves out of Vibe, but my daughter is always more comfortable "buddying up" with a family member. She may hang out at Vibe with her older brother, but more often than not, she's more comfortable going to Edge with her younger brother. So, then I know that they have access to me through her wave phone.

    My 7-year-old is no problem since he has to be with one of the older kids, a parent or checked into the kids' clubs at all times.  It's just my 11-year-old son that we have to go over instructions with at the beginning of every cruise. We allow for him to check himself in and out of Edge, but he has to check in with a parent every time -- by either calling us from the club or from the stateroom.  We have to know where he is at all times. Having a white board on our door also helps us to keep track of everyone's whereabouts...although the wave phones are the most efficient method of communication. I hope this helps, and let me know if you think of something else.

    Have a wonderful day and a magical vacation. Bon voyage!

    Andi

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Meet the Panelist: Andi, Alabama

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