[QUOTE=Andrea;988014]Okay- I am a pretty no-nonsense parent.
Honestly… it sounds like there’s a big payoff for her in both attention and merchandise if she’s scared.
I wouldn’t let this control the vacation.
I think the idea of watching the ride videos is a good one.
[B]If she’s honestly, truly scared, you just do what she’ll do, baby swap the rest… and make it really, really boring for her to wait. No ice cream, no doing something else while others ride. (And hey… if you baby swap, older sister gets to ride twice!)[/B]
And if you think it’s just some anxiety that she can get past, you tell her you’re going, you don’t talk about it any more, you’re not going to listen to the drama. And that if she’s going to disrupt the experience for others around, there will be consequences for that behavior.
She’s old enough for the kid’s club if you need some drama-free ride time.
Parenting is just often no fun.[/QUOTE]
I was right there with you, until I got to the part I highlighted. So you’re saying if someone truly has a psychological fear from something you’d punish them because of that. That doesn’t seem very fair to that child either. I understand not giving the rewards of ice cream but to have to sit there watching others have fun all day and not be allowed to do whatever’s comfortable to them just because they can’t do what they’re siblings and parents can isn’t right either. imo. In a situation of a child like this if the family has to split for part of the day to accomodate then so be it. Like you said, Parenting is just often no fun.