Got this letter recently, from a very shaken mom:
My name is Katy, and I stumbled upon your website yesterday, while searching for stats on how often kids lost at airports get abducted. The thing is, a few days ago my 6-year old daughter got lost (and found) at the Newark airport at the busiest time of the day, and it was all my fault — I overestimated her maturity and ability to wait for me for a few minutes, while I went to buy some food for our flight.
I read your website all night….
Read the rest of the letter here.
The problem seems to be not only that the girl wandered off (only to be quickly found by a helpful stranger). It’s that now the previously confident mom and her previously bold daughter keep rehashing the story and remembering how upset and worried they were.
So the mom asked for help getting over her growing anxiety and guilt, and re-installing her daughter’s sense of calm and competence.
I’ve asked readers to give Katy some kind advice. Please write yours below and I will share some of it in a future post. Thanks! And happier travels!