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I'm Ruining My Kids Childhood



Disneyland. 

That forever looming destination. 

The place that my girls (ages 12 & 9) feel that they are the only ones, the ONLY ONES that haven't been.  

I guess I should have made an effort to put Disneyland on my radar.  Rob and I have had every intention of taking the girls.  We've talked about it, thought about it, but never planned it.  Katie is 12, Lily is 9.  The days fly by.  Debt piles high.

I felt this would be the year we would make it - but then a car decided to be a little shit and there went the funds.

I look at the girls list of "Things To Do This Summer" and the title Disneyland blares at me.  Something I can't offer. 

I wish I didn't feel so guilty... but I do.

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7 comments:

  1. Girl, tell your girls they aren't the only ones. The first time I went to Disneyland I was 13 and went to Disneyworld last year for the first time. I'm planning on taking the family to Disneyland next year but like you, I'm sure things will happen to make it not happen. The one thing is, you are never too old for Disneyland.

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  2. Mine haven't been either. They are 9 (soon to be 10) and 8. We were trying for this year but decided to save and vacation within neighboring states. I did get a email from our travel agent that 2012 deals are now available. We may try it for next year with my grocery savings account but it may still be another year or two off.

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  3. Why is it we feel guilty about these things? I have totally missed the Disney boat (train, tram, whatever) since now my youngest is eleven and would roll his eyes if I suggested it, and I STILL can't afford it. My first and only Disney trip was on my honeymoon - they can do the same!

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  4. I've never been there or Dworld either. My kids are 5,8 and 11. Not going to happen. oh and I was never there either

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  5. My kids are 12 and 16 and they never went. Neither did I. I hear it is a place where "you really MUST GO" according to all the people who went and need to justify their spending to me. I know I would enjoy it but I just don't feel the need. When my daughter bitched to me that I never took her and EVERYONE else has been, I told her she can go on her honeymoon or take her own kids. Daughter: 0, Me: 1!

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  6. You'll get there someday soon. I have a good feeling. Know that isn't exactly consolation to your kids but hopefully it will make you feel a little better.
    xoxo

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  7. They will not die without going to Disneyland. I know lots of adults that have never been and I live in LA. I'm sure it's hard to feel like you aren't providing them with a childhood experience, but you are sooooo not a bad mom for it.

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