My 14-year-old flew across the country alone for the first time this week.
With a connection in Chicago.
Without a phone.
Oh yeah baby, he did just great. Here are some tips about sending your kids off to fly solo – both literally and figuratively.
It’s about explaining and practicing along the way. When you travel even with littles, explain what’s happening and how you are finding the right gate.
Ask questions, don’t just tell your child what to do. Although I was very tempted to tell Ethan what to do, I asked questions instead. “If your connecting flight is cancelled, what do you do?” “If your luggage isn’t waiting for you, what do you do?”
And finally, rely on WISDOM, not WIFI. We tend to count on our phones to get us through the scrapes of life. But it’s really the wisdom in the heart of your child that will keep him or her safe. It’s not the strength of the WiFi connection or the battery power left. It’s the Holy Spirit living inside your child and the decision making ability of your child which is improved by practice.
Listen more here…(and yes, that’s my baby photo of Ethan)
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Posted by Arlene Pellicane, Speaker & Author on Tuesday, July 9, 2019