looking for advice my son is afraid of heights how on earth will I get him on a plane ??

Suzanne - posted on 05/03/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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We haven't had a holiday outside of ireland with our children yet both are 6 & 7...my eldest will only use the lift in shopping malls and will not walk up stairs that are very steep so the thoughts of getting him on a plane are just unspeakable at the moment....i would be grateful for any advice any of the Moms could give me...x

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Suzanne - posted on 05/10/2010

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thanks so much girls...we are in a shopping mall and he trembles on the escalators ...he turned 7 two weeks ago and thinks he's almost old enough for mouthwash...but no planes....some of his classmates are off on holidays and i asked him if he wanted to be the only one to never leave Ireland...he told me to leave him with my sister !!!...I shall invest in a portable DVD player and see how he gets on...also a trip to the Dublin Mountains is on the cards as we still have snow capped mountains here he is dying to see them...so maybe we can try a few exercises on going up when we are there....thanks so much...xx

Jocelyn - posted on 05/03/2010

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Oh hunny I feel for you! I am TERRIFIED of heights and getting me on a plane involves copious amounts of alcohol lmao. Since booze is generally frowned upon when given to children, I am going to suggest you get seats in the middle of the plane, where he can't look out the window. Maybe bring a little dvd player so you can get him to focus on a movie during take off and such. I found that once I am up in the air (and there is no turbulence) I calm down a bit. He might be the same way. Tell him things like "he has to be brave because his little brother is scared as well and he needs your comfort." I normally take gravol before a flight, I get so nervous my stomach ends up in knots, maybe keep some on hand. Good luck!

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