The Happiest Place on Earth

1 Nov
Cinderella Castle

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Doing things that make you feel empowered as a mother is a gift that we as mothers should give to ourselves and our children.  As a single mother, I’ve learned to feel strong, independent and empowered by doing things that I would never have done by myself if I was in a traditional family with a partner.

Last week I took my son to Orlando, Florida to Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.  It was my first travel expereince with my son without any friends or family members.  I was extremely anxious about traveling to unfamiliar airports and to an amusement park by myself with my son who has a tendency to run off as he is very independent.

All of my anxiety was for naught.  I am so happy that I took this trip with him and I wouldn’t have done it any other way.  It was so empowering for me as a mother to know that I can travel with my four year old son by myself!

We arrived in Orlando at noon and, of course, my son was so excited by his airplane trip that he was literally bouncing off the beds and walls of our hotel room.  I decided (without asking anyone else’s opinion) that we would nap before going to Magic Kingdom.  That was the best decision I could have made.  We took a late nap and went to Magic Kingdom in the afternoon (the park was open until midnight that first night) and we spent the later part of the day at Magic Kingdom and at Chef Mickey’s for dinner.  Asa  result, we were able to ride on all of the rides my son wanted to ride on without waiting in lines and he was able to stay up late to experience his first night in Disney.

He, of course, fell asleep in his stroller on the way back to the hotel but I was able to pick him up and close my stroller to get on the shuttle bus with little assistance.  I then put him into bed when we arrived at the hotel room.  I felt empowered that I could get through the next few days of this overstimulating and magical place by myself after this first wonderful night.

Disney was truly the happiest place on Earth!  My son did not give me one moment of grief during this trip. He held my hand, took pictures willingly (which is rare at this age) and did not nag for toys or gifts.  He ate his healthy meals (including New England Clam Chowder and Baked Salmon!) and even napped on each day in the park.  Due to the terrible weather on the east coast we were delayed getting back to New York – but he even behaved in the airport during the delays and fell asleep on the plane coming home.  I was able to carry him off the plane and grab my luggage and put him to bed myself once we arrived in New York City.

Upon waking up one morning in Disney, my son told me – “you’re a supermommy.”  This statement made by my son without any prompting was the greatest gift he could give me because I know I’ve taught him to appreciate the little things in life.  This trip was a fabulous experience for him – he told me “this is the most amazing thing of my life!” and for me, it was empowering to know that I can give my son the most “amazing thing” of his four year old life and I could do it all by myself.


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