We came home from our Disney cruise feeling grateful and relaxed and amazingly accomplished (two countries, a new state, and a slew of other life experiences checked off the Life List!) — but, as we were there, I kept thinking about the surprising lessons my son was learning while on vacation.
It wasn’t all Mickey ears and princess gowns. My 3-year-old son actually got a lot more out of the trip than I ever imagined.
Here are 10 surprising lessons my son learned aboard the Disney Magic ship:
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1. Table Manners
While all of the restaurants offered typical "kid foods" (chicken tenders, mac and cheese, etc.), they also offered a fresh kids' menu every night, with miniature versions of grown-up food (which I highly appreciate as a parent). The kids also had their chairs pulled out for them, they had a napkin placed on their laps, and they were held to certain dress codes. While the environment was (of course) kid friendly, they didn't dumb down their food quality or environment for children. It was the perfect opportunity to teach real-world table manners in a fancy atmosphere — without the upturned noses and "shhhhs" from neighboring diners.
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