My daughter has asked whether I’d like to go on holiday next year with her and her youngest child. She is hoping that I’ll bring one of her grandchildren, my great grandson, with me.
I’d like to do that but GGS (8) has never flown before and has said he doesn’t want to go if it means going on a plane. He genuinely seems terrified at the prospect. His mum thinks the thought of the holiday will get him on to the plane but his dad thinks he’s likely to refuse to get on the plane at the last minute if we go ahead and book and assume that all will be well. So I’m in a quandary as to what to do.
My daughter wants to book soon to make sure of dates, hotel etc., but I’m worried about making any assumptions about whether GGS will be OK. We’ve been talking to him about flying for several weeks now trying to reassure him but he’s not having any of it.
What I wanted to ask was whether any if you have had similarly terrified children and if do, how you dealt with it. Any suggestions are welcome in case we haven’t thought of them. I have visions of being at the airport with a tearful child who’s refusing to get on the plane - which would be awful for everyone. He’s a sweet natured and biddable boy who’s just not very brave and the last thing I want to do is upset him and/or make his phobia worse.
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