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On our last trip to Walt Disney World we experienced every parents’ nightmare. We lost one of our children. While shopping at Disney Days of Christmas in Disney Springs, we turned our backs for just a moment and Jackson was gone!
Our hearts sank. We frantically began searching the store. No luck. James asked a Cast Member if they’d seen him. They didn’t. I went outside and began circling the building calling his name. Nothing. Once I came back in I hoped and prayed James had found him. Still not there. We did one more sweep of the store when suddenly he popped out of the inside of a clothing rack gleefully yelling “Surprise!” We were relieved to say the least. After we got done covering him with hugs and kisses, we looked at each other and knew we did something wrong.
This moment was a huge wake up call for our family. We realized that in the event that Jackson or Bella actually did become separated from us, they were not fully equipped with the knowledge or information that would get them back to us safely. It prompted us to make some changes in order keep our kids safe and protected while on vacation. While the scenario above cannot be entirely avoided, there are some things you can do. Learn from our mistake. Here are some suggestions.
Learn Your Cell Phone Number
While Bella knows our home phone number, she does not know either one of our cells. When you’re on vacation, this will be the number they will need to contact you. If your child is capable of memorizing, before your vacation, teach them your cell phone number. Back in the day, I taught Bella using the old ’80s hit, Jenny 867-5309, replacing that number with ours of course. Recently, Genevieve Goings of Choo Choo Soul came out with a new song to help kids learn their number.
Tag Their Magic Band
Find a Cast Member
Take a Picture
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