When we are lost, the tendency to panic jumps to the forefront of our brains and can bring tears and a feeling of despair. Nothing is worse than thinking you have lost your child and he or she is wandering alone, crying, because they can't find you. Knowing what to do can make all the difference to you and your child.
My daughter, Kristalyn, who is now 9 years old, was lost last winter at a sledding area. There were around 200 people on the slopes sledding, and I was standing at the top of the hill waiting for her to climb back up. My son and his friend were sledding farther West along the hillside and I turned to watch them. Meanwhile, Kristalyn had reached the top of the hill. I never moved, she just came up the hill at an angle and ended up East of where I was standing.
It took less than 30 seconds for her to become lost. One moment she was half way up the hill and the next I couldn't see her. She knew she was close to the van that we came in, so went to stand beside it. My friend had moved the van to a closer parking space. Even though the van was gone and by this time she was crying, she looked across the parking lot to the entrance where we had paid to sled and went directly to the office window. I was extremely relieved when less than a minute after she was separated from us, she made a very wise choice that brought her back to me so quickly. Of course I was frantic, knowing that she was lost and had corralled the group we were with to search for her, when she came walking up with the gentleman who was working at the window that day. She was quicker than I was!