This Monday, 10/17/11, will be our fourth week leading Matt & Ramona’s “Mommy Issues Monday”. The topic next week is “What is the worst activity you have done with your child?” We would love for Y-O-U to be part of the discussion each and every week! Leave your comments below and I will read them off during the interview. Even better, call in on Monday!
So here’s my answer to that question.
Taking four kids under the age of 10 to Carowinds with one or two parents. Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE us some Carowinds! But with three kids who are the exact same size, and let’s face it, size is KING in Carowinds, you can get yourself in quite a pickle. Three of my four were 40″ this summer. The minimum height to all the cool rides is 42″. We snuck on the Woodstock Express, but other than that, it was Planet Snoopy or bust for this thrill-seeking fam. I might as well have strapped on diapers, my kids were so frustrated. We couldn’t even ride Woodstock’s gliders b/c we had THREE who didn’t meet the height requirement – two parents vs three kids = no fun. Not happy that we got suckered into that family pass that cost a small fortune – huge waste for us this year.
Maybe next year, we’ll grow 8 inches!
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The worst activity we have ever done with our preschool-aged children was taking them to a Japanese hibachi-style restaurant. Our famous last words were, “Oh, they will LOVE watching the chef with his knife, flames and volcano!” You have never seen two more frightened, crying children in your life! The meal was a disaster. They stayed under the table and cried while my husband and I scarfed down our meal.
A close second was at our “Backyard Games” birthday party when my daughter turned 5. We played egg and spoon, pin the tail on the donkey, etc. The game that was a disaster was one where you take a balloon, run down to the other end of the yard, sit on a chair and pop the balloon with your rear, and run back. Apparently, we were not afraid of balloons in the 70s, but times have changed. The kids (who would even participate) were mortified. There were tears and everything. Oops…lesson learned!
I also had a terrible hibachi experience! It was a really nice one in San Francisco and my son was 5. I couldn’t help thinking what a big treat it would be and how much he would love it. Total. Disaster. It was the lowest point of the entire vacation. Parents: Don’t take your young children to hibachi restaurants!
I had a similar experience at the Columbia zoo when he was three. The place was full of three-year-olds who were having a great time but my son was very scared of all the animals, the loudspeakers and the smells. What a big disappointment after a long drive.
Trying to make a ginger bread house with 2 kids under 5 and my in-laws at Christmas time. Thought it would be a sweet little activity, instead by the end my nerves were shot, the kids were covered in icing and sprinkles and it took forever to clean up!!!
I will second the Hibachi restaurant, we took our 3 year old and he totally flipped out, we had to alternate taking him to the lounge because he could not stand the fire and even once the cooking was done and we were able to come back to eat, any time there was fire at another table he would start screaming again. Once he got to about 6 he thought it was fun and now he loves going.
Family photos with professional photographers! You pay a boat load for your session and then your kids are a total nightmare!! It’s like hearding cats trying to get your kids to sit, smile, pose and not melt down in the one hour you have the photographer. Try outfit changes or adding a pet to the mix and it’s enough to drive a mom to drink! I will be thinking twice about booking a session next year.