Posted January 19th, 2013, 11:57 AM
My kids were 9 and 10 on our cruise and loved sitting on the balcony. They sat there all the time (without me as well). I have no issues with them on the balcony without me. I guess it depends on the individual child if a parent should be concerned or not.
My boys are 7.5&5 yrs and would spend the whole cruise on the balcony if I let them
. So interest level definitely differs, and I wouldn't count on a child being disinterested in a balcony.
What it comes down to for me is risk. My boys are well behaved, but they are still little boys who get into trouble once and awhile. The problem with the balcony is that if they make a bad choice that leads to one of them falling overboard, it is a disastrous consequence. So until their frontal lobes develop enough that they bring the wrestling inside, their balcony access is restricted
. (Now I'm realizing I may be restricting their balcony access until they are in their 20's lol!)
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