Fear of flying--a phase or serious?
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|Wed, 01-21-2009 - 2:43pm|
My DS has a fear of flying or going on a boat, although he has been on one cruise and has flown a few times where nothing ever happened. When that plane had to crash land in the Hudson River recently, I was hoping he wouldn't even hear about it, but of course he did. When we were watching the inauguration, I mentioned would he like to go to Washington, DC and he said no because he would have to fly. Of course, he brought up the plane crash. I try logic, like how many planes fly every day and don't crash, compared to one that did. I say that more people get in car accidents than plane crashes and he still goes in a car. His response is that he really can't avoid going in a car, but he doesn't have to go in a plane. He is just too smart for his own good!
It bugs me because I would like to go on vacation w/ him and his sister (I am getting divorced from 2nd DH, not their father.) So if he won't fly or go on a cruise (although he did go on one w/ dad & survived), plus he doesn't like to be in the car for a long ride, that really limits where we can go. We are near the East Coast, so we can go to the beach or go to the mountains in NH, but I have been to those places many times. I would like to go somewhere new. On the other hand, he really doesn't care if he goes to any new places either. It's very frustrating.
Do I just give up & hope he outgrows it? Do I just go on all vacations from now on w/ my friends and leave him home? At what point do you think professional help is necessary?