My parents are moving to Florida soon and have asked for my help moving their car. I thought it would be nice to take my pre-teen daughter (almost 12 yo) with me on the ride down for a short visit. However, we would need to fly home, and she appears to have developed a fear of flying.
I do not know the source or nature of the fear. She has never flown. Three years ago when I flew to Mexico she was jealous that I got to fly and loved the pictures from the plane. Over the past few years she seemed to develop a minor concern that has now turned into a sizable fear, though I wouldn't call it a phobia at this point.
She's got decent math skills so we sat down and looked at the accident statistics together to address any ration fears. Over the past year I've always tried to speak positively of flying, and about how cool it is to be up there and see the world from above the clouds, to create a positive association with it. I've asked her directly what she's afraid of but she's unable to articulate it, which isn't unusual at that age.
I have a feeling she's going to agree to go either way. However, I would like to make the process as easy as possible on her, avoid her worrying about the flight home all trip, and most of all get to experience the positives of flying. Leading to the title question: How can I assuage her fears about flying.