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Do you allow your children to ride on those $2 carousel rides in shopping centres? Why / why not?


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Sometimes because it's fun.
by Vee
what a beautiful, mischievous looking baby - yours?
by norma
I cannot see why you would NOT let the kids ride these.

It is a fun thing for a child to do and they have probably been dragged into shops for some time while the adults shop.

I think, providing they are not having a tantrum about it, they should be allowed to ride these provided the parents can afford it.

Kids are kids, and they are there for children to have fun on.
by Finy
LOL, yes but they are also there to raise revenue.
by Vee
I don't have kids, but I wouldn't let them ride these sorts of things because they usually cost £2-£3 and last about thirty seconds.
I let my daughter ride them once we have finished shopping - the rule is that we only do it on the way out! I find it great because it generally gives me 2 minutes where I can check my messages etc while she is occupied and a small cost of $2. Given that we only go to the shopping centre once or twice a week I feel that is a small cost for 2 minutes of sanity!
I think we have been looking at these rides all WRONG.
Think about this:
What a wonderful learning tool.
Mum go's to the shop every day or second day.

Her child is prone to spitting the 'dummy' when he or she can't get what they want.
No child is ever perfect, and I don't care how polite they are.....they do have a spit on occasions.
Children need to learn that not everything is given to them, so this ride would be a great tool to use, in this exercise.

As long as you don't allow the child to have a ride, unless they have proven they can be good.Or have cleaned up a few toys, or sat quietly when asked.

Teachers do this all the time and if it was used at an early age, the child would have something to not only work towards, but look forward too.
Just a thought.
Yes my children 30 years ago did ride them, and I used the above idea.
It worked very very well.


That's why we generally do it at the end...If she behaves (as much as a 3 year old can anyway!) then she can have a ride otherwise we just go straight home. So far it's working quite well!
by lizzi
great! :)

by jonaj
For a while my kids weren't aware that those things were supposed to move, so they would happily sit in them like they were playground equipment, which was free fun. Now I let them go on one now and then, but it's a rare treat.
I meant to say now that I have to put in money.
LOL - yeah it was great when Ms 3 would just sit on them and I didn't put any money in! I don't know what possessed me to actually put money in and let her see what they can do! Sometimes I just tell her that I don't have any money though and she's still happy to just sit on them for a bit.
by lizzi
yes, just do not put any money in them, they are quite happy to just jump on for awhile and them get off.
When our granddaughter sees these things, she just loves running to them & sitting on them, & I donít mind having a rest my self! If she occasionally asked for some money, I just say itís not working & sheís happy with that. Once or twice someone else has been putting in the money for their child & they ask if the little girl would like to get on as well, I do offer to pay for her child on the next ride, but the person is leaving as soon as the ride is over.
never put the money in, they were just as happy to just sit on them for awhile. a complete waste of money they only work for a few seconds.
upnever had the children pestering me for money to ride them, which i see other children doing to their parents.
Yes, of course. It is something fun for them to do, especially if they have been well behaved at the supermarket.
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