Tips for helping your child feel secure when flying alone.
Whether it’s visiting relatives or a friend in another city, it’s not uncommon for children to fly alone. Airlines have rules in place to keep kids safe and children know what they need to feel secure, explains Dr. Michael Thompson, author of Homesick and Happy. “Sometimes children do tell you exactly what they need and you should do it. Because they’re preparing mentally and they know what they will need to know to keep themselves from getting scared.” And what parents say can make it or break it for a child traveling alone. “When parents send a child away, they should have confidence. You shouldn’t be walking your child to the airplane door saying “are you OK, are you OK, are you alright?” because that just makes your child anxious. You say “honey, I would not be letting you do this unless I thought you were ready”. You have to have confidence; if you’re anxious your children catch it, it’s like a cold.”
Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.