Do kids ruin the romance?

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Do kids ruin the romance?

So for those of you who have gone without kids, do you find that other people's kids in the restaurants ruin the ambiance? I know that V&A eventually just banned kids.

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Oh Heck Yes!!! We went to the Brown Derby for dinner...and we were totally amazed at how much control parents DONT have over their rug rats. I understand its Disney...but it is still a public place. Kind of hard to have a conversation when somebodys 4 year old from 3 tables down is staring at you! That was one thing at V&A's...NO KIDS!!!

I raised my kids...got them out of the house...and I dont want to have to deal with somebody elses!

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Ha ha! I have definitely been annoyed by a rugrat here and there; I guess I figure that although my parenting techniques might be different from others', I'm vacationing in Disney World after all... I kind of "asked for it." Wink

That said, scheduling romantic dinners a little later if possible (right at park closing if you're in a theme park, or around 9:00pm at a resort), might put you in the realm where kids are either already in bed, or at least sleeping under the restaurant table!

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The worst is when you're trying to watch a parade or fireworks or whatever and they're completely oblivious and invade your space. Parents don't tend to do anything about that for whatever reason. We've been sitting at 'Ohana at a window table and essentially had kids come sit on the window ledge right in front of us with their parents doing nothing.

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Of course, even my own kids ruin the romance! laugh

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I'm not necessarily looking for "romance" at Disney World, but I do like to have a peaceful, quiet dinner and they ruin that quite often, too.

I don't understand why parents let their kids get out of control in public places. When I was growing up, I was told to behave myself in public or we would leave. And that was not an idle threat. On a couple of occasions, my brother and I acted up, and that was it, we were escorted out of there. Once we knew what would happen if we weren't quiet and polite, we knew how to behave. We didn't act up again. If only all parents did that. Our society has gotten too selfish, IMO. People only care about themselves, not other people. They figure if they can tune their kids out, so can everyone else.

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UnbalancedLibra wrote:
Of course, even my own kids ruin the romance! laugh

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UnbalancedLibra wrote:
Of course, even my own kids ruin the romance! laugh

rolling I was wondering how you'd chime in on this question, UL! That's a great response mickey

I find that while kids can get a little crazy and excited at Disney (so do I!!), I love having the opportunity to watch them get all wide-eyed and have fun...and know that I don't have to deal with their little over-excited selves all night while I'm trying to sleep! It's kind of like being the grandparent -- watch the kids have the time of their lives, then give them back to mom and dad!

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SoloFriendly wrote:
I'm not necessarily looking for "romance" at Disney World, but I do like to have a peaceful, quiet dinner and they ruin that quite often, too.

I don't understand why parents let their kids get out of control in public places. When I was growing up, I was told to behave myself in public or we would leave. And that was not an idle threat. On a couple of occasions, my brother and I acted up, and that was it, we were escorted out of there. Once we knew what would happen if we weren't quiet and polite, we knew how to behave. We didn't act up again. If only all parents did that. Our society has gotten too selfish, IMO. People only care about themselves, not other people. They figure if they can tune their kids out, so can everyone else.

I agree with you. As a mom of 3 kids, I can tell you - this is HARD to do in Disney! Kids are usually overstimulated, overwhelmed and overtired. Sometimes so are the parents laugh and it can be stressful for everyone. In fact, I had a horrible experience with this once, but I think I did the right thing. http://www.familydisneyvacations.com/2008/05/walt-disney-world-vacation-08-day-2_3391.html

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dsoup wrote:
UnbalancedLibra wrote:
Of course, even my own kids ruin the romance! laugh

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Hehehe, sometimes I wonder HOW I even got pregnant more than once laugh

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admin wrote:
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Of course, even my own kids ruin the romance! laugh

rolling I was wondering how you'd chime in on this question, UL! That's a great response mickey

I find that while kids can get a little crazy and excited at Disney (so do I!!), I love having the opportunity to watch them get all wide-eyed and have fun...and know that I don't have to deal with their little over-excited selves all night while I'm trying to sleep! It's kind of like being the grandparent -- watch the kids have the time of their lives, then give them back to mom and dad!

heheheee, seriously, what IS romance? waiting
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UnbalancedLibra wrote:
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I'm not necessarily looking for "romance" at Disney World, but I do like to have a peaceful, quiet dinner and they ruin that quite often, too.

I don't understand why parents let their kids get out of control in public places. When I was growing up, I was told to behave myself in public or we would leave. And that was not an idle threat. On a couple of occasions, my brother and I acted up, and that was it, we were escorted out of there. Once we knew what would happen if we weren't quiet and polite, we knew how to behave. We didn't act up again. If only all parents did that. Our society has gotten too selfish, IMO. People only care about themselves, not other people. They figure if they can tune their kids out, so can everyone else.

I agree with you. As a mom of 3 kids, I can tell you - this is HARD to do in Disney! Kids are usually overstimulated, overwhelmed and overtired. Sometimes so are the parents laugh and it can be stressful for everyone. In fact, I had a horrible experience with this once, but I think I did the right thing. http://www.familydisneyvacations.com/2008/05/walt-disney-world-vacation-08-day-2_3391.html

Yes, I agree, kids are overstimulated at Disney, and usually overtired. I know many parents say it's essential to give your kids naptime in the middle of the day (and I agree), but how do you force them to sleep when they're thinking "I don't want to sleep, I'm in Disney World, I wanna go out and have fun!"? You can't. So then they hit a wall earlier in the evening than you want them to. It's tough.

That's a heartbreaking story. I'm sure that was a horrible day for all of you.

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I'm not necessarily looking for "romance" at Disney World, but I do like to have a peaceful, quiet dinner and they ruin that quite often, too.

I don't understand why parents let their kids get out of control in public places. When I was growing up, I was told to behave myself in public or we would leave. And that was not an idle threat. On a couple of occasions, my brother and I acted up, and that was it, we were escorted out of there. Once we knew what would happen if we weren't quiet and polite, we knew how to behave. We didn't act up again. If only all parents did that. Our society has gotten too selfish, IMO. People only care about themselves, not other people. They figure if they can tune their kids out, so can everyone else.

I agree with you. As a mom of 3 kids, I can tell you - this is HARD to do in Disney! Kids are usually overstimulated, overwhelmed and overtired. Sometimes so are the parents laugh and it can be stressful for everyone. In fact, I had a horrible experience with this once, but I think I did the right thing. http://www.familydisneyvacations.com/2008/05/walt-disney-world-vacation-08-day-2_3391.html

Yes, I agree, kids are overstimulated at Disney, and usually overtired. I know many parents say it's essential to give your kids naptime in the middle of the day (and I agree), but how do you force them to sleep when they're thinking "I don't want to sleep, I'm in Disney World, I wanna go out and have fun!"? You can't. So then they hit a wall earlier in the evening than you want them to. It's tough.

That's a heartbreaking story. I'm sure that was a horrible day for all of you.

It was an awful trip overall that year! yuck

We definitely do nap time, which is tough. It takes the kids forever to fall asleep - they usually do so when we're wanting them to get up! laugh

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Yeah, advice on how to knock out a kid sounds useful.

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Maybe feed them some turkey? That always works for me at Thanksgiving. laugh

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I suggest a nice glass of white wine. Always konks me out! Wink A little glass, though -- just give 'em a little glass.

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