Coded Text Sends Chills Up Dad's Spine After Son Went To Sleepover At Friend's House

One dad recalls when he tasted his first beer. He was in middle school and he was at a friend’s house, and he gave in to peer pressure. As adults, its easy for us to say 'just walk away', but as a kid in that situation, the man remembers feeling trapped and helpless. That's why he came up with a system to help give his kids a way out.

Bert Fulks, a dad who works with kids struggling with addiction, came up with an idea he calls 'The X Plan'. The goal of the plan is to give kids an escape route if they get into a difficult situation, without letting on to their friends that they're trying to escape.

Many kids don't necessarily want to give into peer pressure, they just don't know how to get out of the situation without worrying that they'll look lame to their friends. With the 'X Plan', the kids can point to his parents and call them the lame ones, and get out of a sticky situation.

The plan works like this: if kids are out with friends and find themselves in a bad situation, they text their parent a simple 'X'. A parent who gets the 'X' code calls the child back immediately with some excuse of why the kid has to come straight home. A family member should be dispatched to pick the child up.

An important part of the plan is that parents must refrain from judging or asking any questions. Even if the child wasn't where he said he was supposed to be, or with the people he was supposed to be with, the parent needs keep that part of the bargain. If the child doesn't feel 100% safe in using the code, it might discourage him from turning to his parents for help.

It's a two-way trust; the child needs to trust his parents and use the code, and the parents need to show the child that he can rely on them.

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