Being Patient ii
What happens if you donâ€™t help your children wait patiently in a queue? Quite a lot. At worst, your child will start to scream, whine, grizzle and throw a tantrum.
This is miserable for the child, irritating for those around you, and miserable, irritating and embarrassing for you. If your child is more compliant,
he or she might try getting up to tricks while youâ€™re not looking (and the City Mini baby strollers in our Disney rental stroller fleet have a handy see-through panel so you can keep an eye on your child while theyâ€™re in the stroller.
Tricks might include tinkering with the safety harness to see if they can get it undone (rather tricky in the City Mini, thank goodness) or pulling off removable bits of clothing and chucking them into obscure corners,
leaving your child barefoot and minus that hat you had counted on to keep them safe from the strong Orlando sunshine.
The trick to helping your child be patient is to give them something to do while they’re waiting. Ideally, these pastimes (derived from “pass-times” so a good word to use in this context) should be of the sort that a child can do solo so you can take photos and upload them to your Facebook page as you wish.
Nursery rhymes and finger games are often popular, even if this does mean you have to abandon a little bit of grown-up dignity and squat down beside your Disney rental stroller to sing with your child and teach him/her how the actions to Incy Wincy Spider.
Not that you will be losing much dignity â€“ most people who notice will probably think that youâ€™re being a great parent and admire you rather than otherwise.
Food is another great way to help your child while away the time in the queue, and this doesnâ€™t require too much of your input, apart from providing the snack or drink.
Having a chiller pack as an accessory with your Disney rental stroller helps here, as it makes a good place to put the drinks when theyâ€™re not needed so they stay cool, especially if you put an icepack in the chiller pack.
For your childâ€™s sake, itâ€™s best to make sure that these snacks and drinks are lower in sugar content, as a glucose high will probably make your child even more prone to being impatient.
Water is a good drink (and wonâ€™t go all sticky if spilt), and dried fruit, crackers, crisps, cookies and fresh fruit are good snacks that (sneaky thought) can take a bit of time to eat
A small box of raisins is quite good, as little fingers take some time to fish all those raisins out of the box and the empty box can be played with later. And remember â€“ the queue will get shorter and eventually you will be able to get on that ride!