The X-Plan. This is such a great idea.
It’s a simple text that your child can send if they end up in an uncomfortable situation that gives them an easy way out. Have the discussion with your child (and include other adult figures if you’d like) about this plan: if he/she finds herself in a situation that they want to get away from for any reason, they send a simple text message. ‘X’. that’s it.
That’s the signal for you to call them on their phone and tell them that something has happened and that you need to pick them up immediately.
Simple. The kid doesn’t have to explain anything to any of the people they’re with. It removes the need to make up an excuse for why they have to leave.
Now the key, after reading the article, is that the parent/adult picking up the kid has to agree not to ask questions.
It doesn’t matter if your child was somewhere they shouldn’t have been. The key is to build trust with your kids. If they know that they’re going to have to explain what they were doing at (fill in the blank) with (again, fill in the blank), they may be more hesitant to ask for help.
By removing that stressor, they’re more likely to feel safe calling you.
And at the end of the day, that’s all any parent really wants – for their child to be safe.
I hope you found this blog helpful!