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I'm wondering if any of the parents have advice for riding with your children, especially young children in terms of both keeping them safe and comfort for yourself. My son is 4, getting closer to 5 and he's suddenly shown an interest in rides and is at an age where he is more willing to test his limits and won't say no until he's tried at least once if he makes the height check.. Outcomes are mostly positive so he wants to try more and one or two where he overstepped and learnt where he's not ready.

 

I'm not sure if it's because I tend to turn my head a lot more to check on him or because I don't sit as straight because even when he has a lap bar I lean over and have a hand on it or him just to be safe but I've been getting a lot more nauseous lately. We rode a pirate ship and it's one bar so I was looking sideways a lot of the ride and once it stopped I got hit by a huge wave of nausea I don't get riding alone. I think it's because my body knows a pirate ship is back and forth but with him my head is tilted more. I've noticed once I hit my 30's that my tolerance dropped quite a bit for certain rides especially more spin heavy rides but it's been getting worse lately with him and I don't want to discourage him from riding. Am I alone in this happening when moving about more on a ride?

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You could try dramamine. I can ride rides and coasters all day. But If I am on a boat on beautiful lake Michigan I get sicker then a dog. So I take dramamine to not get sea sickness. Try that while ri

Our son is two and would ride every single coaster he sees. In Tripsdrill, it was really hard to explain to him, that there's no way that he can do Mammut (the wooden coaster). The best advice I

I think it's very important for the adults to 'ride a little different' than you used to when you're riding with kids and especially with kids who have never been on a certain ride before.  I took man

You could try dramamine. I can ride rides and coasters all day. But If I am on a boat on beautiful lake Michigan I get sicker then a dog. So I take dramamine to not get sea sickness. Try that while riding with your kid and see if that helps!

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Our son is two and would ride every single coaster he sees. In Tripsdrill, it was really hard to explain to him, that there's no way that he can do Mammut (the wooden coaster).

The best advice I can give you is to encourage him, but don't force him. That he also rides thing you know that will scare him. So he can learn better what he likes - and what not. On the kiddie coaster in Tripsdrill, I had him on my knee, so was touching the lap bar, to reduce up and down movement. The first laps, he was a bit terrified. But the second was much better.

I'm glad we are not alone with taking little kids to parks and with not being overprotective with them.

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I think it's very important for the adults to 'ride a little different' than you used to when you're riding with kids and especially with kids who have never been on a certain ride before.  I took many a bruise and nausea to make sure KT was safe and comfortable when riding stuff.  I think you just kind of have to put up with it but know that you're not alone.

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Although I don't personally take Dramamine, I've heard nothing but good things for those who use it to combat motion sickness. When the kids are as young as that, it's definitely important to be able to keep an eye (and/or an arm) on them.

In our house, we have one of those growth charts that you tack up to a wall, with markings for the next major milestones. If your kid is interested in riding all the different things, you might want to point out which ones have height requirements close to their size for a little bit of motivation. Right now my daughter is hovering around the 46" inch mark and she's eagerly looking forward to being able to hit 48" to go on more looping coasters and bigger water slides!

Conversely, if they get to that next level and suddenly start feeling scared about riding some of these bigger rides, don't be that person that pressures them into riding anyway. The absolute last thing you want is a young kid frightened out of their mind breaking down on a coaster. Definitely let them do it on their own terms.

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