The beautiful thing about kids is that they’re always excited, especially when it comes to trying thing for the time. Unfortunately, it’s not always the same when it comes to flying. Kids are often caught between excitement and fear of what travel entails. This often leads to a dilemma for a lot of parents especially if they are dealing with a kid who’s seen way too many airplane movies. If you have a kid who’s scared to fly, this post is for you. Here are a five tips for dealing with kids who are afraid to fly.

1. TALK ABOUT THEIR FEARS

I know this might seem strange to you because the last thing you want to do is get them scared. But it actually works because when they know that there is the possibility of flight cancellations, weather delays, mechanical failures and all the issues that are associated with flying, they will be less likely when it occurs. So you have to give them some “flight education.”

2. SHOW THEM SAFETY STATS

The chances of a plane crash are 1 in 7 million but kids don’t realize this because thanks to Hollywood, it can sometimes seem like plane crashes occur every time a plane gets in the sky. This is obviously not true, so take some time to go over some safety stats. You might already know that flying is the safest mode of transportation, they don’t.

3. PREPARE THEIR MINDS

Getting on a flight is just one of the many things that happen at an airport. You have to check bags (well, unless you’re me lol), go through security checks and x-ray machines. This can all be unnerving for an adult, imagine what it feels like for a child whose never flown. Keeping your kids informed on what to expect will make it easier for them to process. Also, be sure to remind, joking about weapons is never funny or okay unless they want to spend their vacation at the gray bar hotel.

4. USE THE TOILET

This seems really obvious, but even I’ve forgotten this one a few times. Make sure you do a bathroom run with your kids. Even if they say they don’t have to go, take them anyway. You don’t want to be that parent with the kid who is throwing a tantrum because they have to use that bathroom when the flight is about to take off.

5. TIME TO BOND

Make your child’s first flight a bonding experience by chatting about the things you never get to talk about because of your tight schedules. Your child’s first flight is a special moment for everyone. Make it an amazing experience by easing their fears and reassuring them everything will be great.

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