On our first trip together, we witnessed quite possibly the most astonishing (and memorable) interaction between a family. Families were taking turns getting pictures in front of the Walt and Mickey statue with the castle in the background. This particular family wanted a picture of their kids in front of the statue. The kids, however, were not in the mood. One of them was crying and refusing and the parents lost their cool. The mom grabbed the kid, swatted him on the bottom and yelled at him "Get up there and smile, d@mmit! This is the happiest place on earth!"Sadly, this is not uncommon behavior. Last year a boy about 6 years old was having a melt down. How did the parent handle it? "Stop crying or I'll take you to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and dress you up like a princess!". Yes, you read that right, they threatened punishment by cross-dressing.
Ah, parenting at its finest!
The moral of the story is that Disney can be great, but if you don't listen to your bodies and your moods, you may wind up reaching new lows. Take breaks, set reasonable expectations and if you miss doing something, well, now you've got a reason to come back.
Lastly, I'll leave you with a more lighthearted conversation we overheard in a queue.
What's the best thing you've ever overheard in the World?11 year old boy: Mom, I love this place. I want to come back.
Mom: Well, you'll have to get a job and save your money.
Boy: Job?!?! I don't even like to make my own bed!
|Can you guess what I said to Bill right before this picture?|