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Pampered Chef: Going with a spouse?

  1. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    So my DH was thinking he might come with me. How should this work? Does he attend the meetings with me? Is he allowed to go to the showcase room? What do other spouses do when they go? Or is it best to just be with my cluster and have my DH meet up with me before or after Conference entirely?

    And what about accomidations (sp?) Are we able to stay at one of the Conference hotels for a discount?
     
    Mar 17, 2009
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  2. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    He can participate if he wants. There is a charge depending on if he wants to just go to General Session or if he wants to also go to some classes. You could team up and have him takes notes at classes you couldn't go to! They will have pricing for that when registration opens up. Other than that you can both stay in a room together. My HD's husband actually stays in the room with his wife and her team. He sleeps on the floor. he doesn't attend any functions though.
     
    Mar 17, 2009
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  3. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

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    Honestly, I'd leave him at home, especially if this is your first time going. There is SO MUCH to do and see. There are tons of networking opportunities EVERYWHERE. You won't want to miss a minute!
     
    Mar 17, 2009
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  4. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    I was thinking that at first, but then he starting saying that maybe we could stay and take a vacation there before or after it. July is our 12th anniversary. With 4 kids, we really want to take some time for just the 2 of us. But I'm still debating because I want to be able to focus on the biz and the excitement. If I'm with him, I wonder what I'll miss in learning with and bonding with my clustermates, ya know?! But having him attend the seminars could get him more excited about my biz. Right now, he supports me but begrudges it at the same time....
     
    Mar 17, 2009
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  5. PamperChefCarol

    PamperChefCarol Veteran Member

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    How about you go to conference, and then he comes into town the last day. You keep the hotel room you have been staying and do the town??

    Personally, I wouldn't bring my husband. He would be fine, all the ladies would love him, but honestly, I wouldn't be able to network or learn as much as I can on my own. It really is a working conference, there is so much to do and they keep you pretty busy and you don't want to miss a minute.
     
  6. Jennie4PC

    Jennie4PC Legacy Member

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  7. cheryl929

    cheryl929 Novice Member Gold Member

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    My husband comes with me and he site sees around Chicago while I am at Conference. He gets away from work and I don't have to travel alone. Win.Win.
     
    Apr 14, 2009
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  8. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    We decided he'd stay home with the kids. I felt that I would get more out of it w/o him there to distract me. This way I can fully take in all that Conference has to offer. We're going to celebrate our anniversary later in the month.
     
    Apr 14, 2009
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  9. Chef Bobby

    Chef Bobby Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I tried to get my wife to come with me. She has relatives close to Chicago. She said no.
     
    Apr 23, 2009
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  10. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    The Furry Guy is tremendously supportive of my PC business. Still, I can't imagine taking him with me. I think I would find it distracting. Plus, I'd be less likely to seek out new people if I had him there handy.
     
    Apr 23, 2009
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  11. mrssyvo

    mrssyvo Veteran Member

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    My husband came o tDenver with me this January, because I walked, and he had so much fun!!! He kept himself busy during the dasy, and then attended dinners with us. Having said that, I do not think I would take him to National Conference, because one of the nights is a banquet, and late nights with meetings with team, etc, that he would have a lot of empty time on his hands.
     
    Apr 23, 2009
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  12. NooraK

    NooraK Legend Member Gold Member

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    I've been debating whether or not to bring my husband. I'd love for him to see the big picture of the business, and meet other consultants, and truly see how successful this business can be. I kind of have the same issue as Amanda. He is supportive, and wants me to succeed, but at the same time he doesn't like the time it takes me. It's even harder for me lately since I haven't been working my business as much as I know I need to. I've lost some of my inspiration, and I'm hoping NC will bring some of it back.

    The other issue is our son. He's turning one at the end of May, and would not be allowed to attend the sessions etc. So that would mean either having Grammy come to our house to watch him so just the two of us can go, or bringing him along, and then the boys spend the days together sightseeing.

    This year, I saw that the housing form says that Consultant numbers and names will be verified. Would that mean that we couldn't stay at a NC hotel? I had thought that it might be nice to split one of those double rooms with another couple (if someone else were going).
     
    May 4, 2009
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  13. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    Your son wouldn't be allowed to attend sessions anyway, unless he's reached his legal majority (18).

    You can stay at a conference hotel with non-consultants. If you supply consultant numbers for anyone in your room, the numbers will be verified and will be cross-checked with other room reservations. That was implemented a couple of years ago to cut down on consultants reserving more rooms than they needed in anticipation of having large teams attending, and then not releasing the unneeded rooms in a timely manner.
     
    May 4, 2009
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  14. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

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    He also would not be allowed to attend the exec dinner. A few years ago my SED had allowed one of her consultants to bring her infant to the exec dinner - the wait-staff had evidently been told by HO that this was not allowed as they asked her to leave with the baby. Even though we were all supportive and my SED said it was okay....she had even taken a table in the back next to the door so she could make a quick exit in case the baby started to get fussy.
     
  15. NooraK

    NooraK Legend Member Gold Member

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    Right, that's what I meant :D

    I don't know how interested my husband would be about attending the workshops or general sessions anyway. The Exec dinner would probably be the only thing.

    But then again, we may not have enough cash for both of us to go anyway.
     
    May 5, 2009
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  16. TiffanyBarton

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    Noorak~
    Just a few thoughts for you...
    Your husband and son could certainly sight see while you are attending all of the wonderful meetings. While some may find it distracting, others still, my find it more distracting to leave husband and baby at home.

    A few ideas for your hubby and kiddo if you do go:
    1) Brookfield Zoo in Chicago
    2)Chicago Park District (Google it)
    3)Sears Tower
    4)Planetarium or Aquarium
    5)Legoland
    Just a few ideas for you guys. Also, if you want to give him a little more freedom. There are a few different indoor water park/hotels in Chicago. They can stay right at the hotel and play in the water for hours.

    Now I say all this without having experienced it. I have only been a consultant for about a month. (Wait, 1 month TODAY!!) And I am expecting my first little boy on July 2nd. So, needless to say, there is no chance I am going to Conference this year. However, my husband and I have already started looking at what is availabe out there for next year. We plan on all going together and he will stay with the baby while I am at different conference events and then we will be staying in Chicago a few days after conference ends so we can see all the great stuff!!

    We don't really like to be apart for long periods of time (and I plan to breast feed) so we just decided "Hey, let's do it together!" Nothing wrong with that. SO, if you guys want give it a try. There are plenty of things to keep your two busy while you are soaking up the awesome PC atmosphere!!
     
  17. NooraK

    NooraK Legend Member Gold Member

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    Tiffany-
    Thanks so much for the information. I'd love for my husband to go, and if I can get the shows on my calendar to cover the cost, I'll drag him along!
     
    May 6, 2009
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  18. TiffanyBarton

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    If? IF? (hehe) You CAN do it! And you have so many incentives. Great Sell-a-thon opportunity in June, nice mini vacation, conference, Woooot! You can do it, you can do it! Good luck!!
     
  19. cookie325

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    Sorry to join in to this thread so late, but I've been to NC twice and taken my spouse and infant both times. This year, my third NC (but 1st since rejoining PC), I will again be taking my spouse (albeit a new spouse since I'm divorced and remarried) and my infant daughter. If you have any questions on how to do conference with a spouse, I'd be happy to chime in. FWIW, I'm going a day early and leaving a day late so that we can have family time. If you want your husband to go, by all means, take him. There is a way to have fun with your spouse and enjoy conference, too. I plan on taking my husband and baby on one of the architectural boat tours and to see a few sites (walk down Magnificent Mile, Buckingham Fountain, Soldier Field, Lincoln Park Zoo, etc.)
     
    May 21, 2009
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