Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Nov 20, 2010
    Kelly from TX Asked

    Im bringing 2 teenagers, they will be 15 when we go, should i let them do there own thing or have them stay with me all day?

    Hi, Kelly! With two teenagers of my own, I can understand your dilemma.  On one hand, you want to keep your gang together and experience everything as one big happy group. Yet, you know that they're getting older, and they are going to want to try out their freedom, too. For our family, there's no better place than to let the teens have a few new-found liberties than at Walt Disney World.

    Armed with cell phones, we plan a combination of options.  Sometimes, my husband and I want them with us in order to take photos with our younger children or to experience something with the family as a whole. Then, we'll let them take off on their own -- with their own ideas of what they would like to do. We meet back up at a specified place and time, and of course, if they "break the family rules," then opportunities are taken away as well.

    In addition to cell phones to keep in contact with one another, we have found that planning one sit-down meal per day is beneficial when traveling with teens.  It helps to connect the family together as we share experiences with one another and plan the rest of our vacation. Of course, no bona-fide teen is going to miss the opportunity to eat!

    Best wishes as you plan a trip with your teens. You are smart to treasure this time together and make memories which will last a lifetime. Have a wonderful day and a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Andi, Alabama

Anchors aweigh! Time to set sail aboard Disney Cruise Line, and I'm just the mom to help you navigate the waters of planning. From stem to stern to ports of call, I'll show you the ropes of pixie-dusted vessels filled with magic and adventure. Learn More About Andi

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