How old were you? And would you let them......

Viper - Roller Coaster at Six Flags
United States
August 4, 2008 12:38pm CST
Ok, my daughter is turning 12 years old on her birthday Aug. 26th and I am taking her to Six Flags. She wants to get on the roller coasters here is my problem, I think she is too young to go on these wild rides, although when I was younger I went on the roller coasters but they were nothing like these and I believe I was around 14 years old when I went. Now she is almost as tall as I am but that doesn't matter to me I just feel she is to young and those rides scare me. I really wanted to go to the Safari Park myself until I was told that the animals sit on your car and can be that close to you. I have enough problems with my mini van that I don't need to add to them. Am I being too protective or am I right not to let her go on these roller coasters. How old were you and would let your child go at this age. I want her to have fun but I don't want to have a heart attack in the process. Please Help!
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@michelled (326)
• United States
4 Aug 08
we just got back from six flags , I know what you mean by some scary looking rides. My 14 teen year old daughter went on alot of them , i rode two and realized man i am gitting old , but i loved them when i was a kid. I would check out the rollercoaster ride first. Some really dont look as bad as others. Just see where it takes you when you git there. It's ok to want to ptotect your daughter , I am they same way with my kids, but sometimes we have to just let go a little. Know matter how hard it is for us.
• United States
5 Aug 08
thank you very much.
• United States
5 Aug 08
Beautifully put!
@di1159 (1580)
• United States
4 Aug 08
I think most kids would be ok riding them. I suppose once you get the park you can check out the ride in person and see how old the other riders are. You might try asking someone who just exited how it felt. I know myself, I would have ridden them at 12. I loved rides! Now that I'm older though, I find myself afraid and protective of my kids as well. If other friends are going, I suppose she will want to ride with them as I recall that's what really made riding fun. I don't think you need to worry about having a heart attack. That might happen to you or me if we rode it, but I'm sure she'll be ok. Whatever you do, enjoy the day!
• United States
4 Aug 08
Thanks, its nice to know that I am not the only one who has lost the desire for roller coasters, I use to love them but after having children I don't even want to look at one. Yes, I know I would if I road it. Thanks again, I will check this out when we go.
@samijo719 (1052)
• United States
5 Aug 08
I think if she wants to ride them, let her ride them. At 12 years old I think she is old enough to decide if she wants to ride a rollarcoaster!
@cripfemme (7698)
• United States
5 Aug 08
As long as your daughter reads the height requirements for the roller coaster, I don't think it's worth making a big battle over it. I road roller coasters at 12, and I even have a mobility impairment which makes it difficult for me to hold onto things. These machines are calibrated everyday and tested everyday to make sure they're safe. I think it's fine. They have enough straps so that it feels dangerous but it isn't which is the point of the ride. In fact, I think if we made cars like that people would drive less quickly and get into fewer accidents. People like the thrill of speed but don't often realize how fast they are actually going.
@34momma (13882)
• United States
5 Aug 08
if she wants to get on i say let her get on. i mean this is her day to do what she wants. why not let her get on the rides if she wants too. i personally don't like roller coasters but that's me. my 13 year old son loves them and i let him get on all the time
• United States
5 Aug 08
If she is brave enough to ride them, let her. Yes, she's your baby, but 12 really isn't too young to hit the roller coasters.
@intimate36 (1415)
• Pakistan
5 Aug 08
Look this way....for parents, the children remain always too young, so they keep bothering. And for children... well they think they have grown up... I remember , I took my children for this kind of rides , when they were 12 and 8 years.Now , you have to decide...
@Ravenladyj (22904)
• United States
5 Aug 08
So why not let her try one of the more mellow rollercoasters first and see how she handles it then take it from there? My son went on his first rollarcoaster when he was 10 or 11 yrs old and it scared the everloving out of me (thats my boy ya know...i was worried it'd be too much for him and I wouldnt be able to stop the ride and get him off ya know LOL)...he went on with his stepdad and though it sort of scared him he loved it fully LOL..now he's a total rollercoaster ride junkie LOL....
@youless (112100)
• Guangzhou, China
5 Aug 08
When I was a child, I hate that the roller coasters wouldn't allow for children. Now I have my own child. If one day he tells me he wants to play the roller coaster, I will be quite nervous and worried and it's likely I won't allow him to do so. Perhaps after I am grown up, I can see the danger possibility. I don't want to take a risk. I love China
@Mare73 (1335)
• United States
5 Aug 08
She's 12 and you won't let her get on the roller coasters??? Why not? My 6 year old just got on the viper for the first time and loved it!!! She also got on the Motocoaster (new ride at darien lake here). She's 50 inches and was so estatic when she was able to get on most rides! She's a kid and it's an adventure.
@cortjo73 (6498)
• United States
5 Aug 08
I can't tell you what you should do but, I can say that, as soon as I was tall enough to get on the roller coasters, I went on them. They are a part of childhood. I haven't been to an amusement park in nearly a decade and it is something I miss a lot. I can only put this thought into your head. If you keep your daughter off of the roller coaster, she may develop a fear of them because, in her mind, you are afraid because you think something bad might happen to her so, she may adopt that fear. Maybe that might be preferable to you because it could prevent her from ever getting on a roller coaster when she is old and big enough to make that choice for herself. That way, you will never have to experience the fear of her getting on them. But, do you really want to form a fear in your daughters mind or, would you rather she forms her own fears on her own? I don't have children yet but, I would want my children to be fearless. Fearless people tend to succeed well in life. Granted, there is reason for reasonable fear. It keeps us safe and out of potentially dangerous situations. But, amusement parks are something that gives us lasting memories. I don't know if I am making any sense here. Sorry if I am not. I can't really figure out how to put it into words. I just think that you should let go a little and let her decide how she feels about roller coasters without you tainting her view of them, even a little bit. You never know...maybe she will get on one and decide she never wants to get on another one again.
@_sketch_ (5742)
• United States
5 Aug 08
I think that 12 is old enough. I can't remember exactly how old I was when I first went on a rollercoaster, but I was younger than that. I started riding on rollercoasters as soon as I was tall enough to ride them.
• United States
5 Aug 08
Oh by all means let the girl ride! My daughter too is 12 and i'm and adrenaline junkie and she's just not. She gets the upset belly on the mildest ride. This year she finally came with me on the Wild Thing and she was glad she did it, she even put her arms in the air with me, we had a blast the rest of the day. I myself start going on roller coasters when I was like 11 and i've loved them ever since!
@NrgDfenZ (1810)
• Belgium
5 Aug 08
Well I think you should look at her height.. If she is tall enough to ride them, then should not be a problem.. Maybe first do a calm roller coaster and then go to the harder and faster ones, if you do those faster ones first, she might get afraid, although I hardly doubt it :D When I was her age, all I did was those fast coasters :D Have a good day..
• India
5 Aug 08
Well , you can always ask the people organsiers of the ride whether ur child's safety is guranteed ... doin so vil make u feel lighter about this ... bt if you are still not convinced and have the gut feeling that u shd nt send ur child ,then you should listen to what your heart says.Also, if u intedn to semd then make sure that the kid is mentally prepeared for this ... tc
@xueyao (164)
• China
5 Aug 08
I think you need to give her freedon to do something just like reding if you want she growing up very well.I also can understand why do you worry.you are a good mother who love you children very much.I just remembered something when I was a child,My mother don't like me to do anything,all of the thing must be promited,and The end I haven't my opinion.so I lost the funny childhood.I don't like you daughter like me.you can advice her take care,but don't limit her too much.
@gloamglozer (1289)
• Australia
5 Aug 08
Ahh.. kids these days do things a lot earlier than their generations. If she wants to do it then let her. There is nothing you should worry about unless she has a weak heart or something.
• United States
5 Aug 08
From one mom to another - you are to young to let her go on, not that she is to young to get on. Your baby is growing up, it is scary, but you will lose them when they are adults if you don't let them grow. Your can't always run from life, sometimes you have to live it! My daughter grow up at 3, I didn't want to go to a bar and leave her with my mom and her cousins and my daughter said why? I want to be here and I want you to go, goodbye. I shed a tear because she was growing up so fast and I wasn't! lol! So believe me I know the fears, but you gotta face it sooner or later, if she gets on a ride and it is not right for her, she will tell you! Be brave take a chance! Are you getting on the rides with her???