This Family's Unique Way To Rescue Their Kids
I read this morning about "the X-Plan", an interesting way for your kids to reach out for help in difficult situations. Simply put, if your child sends "X" as a text message to any family member, the recipient immediately calls back with an agreed script that gives the kid a way out of whatever trouble they are in.
I have seen similar face-saving ideas before, but where this idea goes further is that the author has agreed a 'no questions asked' policy with his children. No matter what situation they discover their child in when they arrive, they take them away from it, and don't ask questions.
I can imagine a lot of readers having a hard time with that one, particularly in the example given as "being 12 miles from where they are supposed to be". But that level of trust could just saver their life. They realize they have done something wrong, they have the sense to know it's time to be safe again and pull the plug, and they have done so. My guess is the lesson of having to call for help will be enough.
You can read the original article from Bert Fulks at "X-Plan: Giving your kids a way out (#xplan)"