Fulks developed an ingenious text script that allows his son to send out an S.O.S. without being embarrassed in front of his friends.
West Virginia father Bert Fulks received a random text from his teenage son after dropping him off at a party. The text had a simple “X” in it, but Bert knew exactly what his son was trying to tell him, so he called and told him he’d pick him up in five minutes.
This is called the “X-Plan,” created by Bert himself to ensure any teenager can notify their parent’s they’re in an uncomfortable situation without looking like a square to their friends. Bert is a pastor in his town, and realized just how many teens are prone to peer pressure and doing things they aren’t comfortable with.
#3 Peer Pressure
“Recently I asked these kids a simple question,” he writes. “‘How many of you have found yourself in situations where things started happening that you weren’t comfortable with, but you stuck around, mainly because you felt like you didn’t have a way out?’ They all raised their hands.”
#4 No Questions Asked
“The X-plan comes with the agreement that we will pass no judgments and ask no questions,” Fulks writes.”This can be a hard thing for some parents (admit it, some of us are complete control-freaks); but I promise it might not only save them, but it will go a long way in building trust between you and your kid.”
#5 An Example
“The most incredible thing for me personally is I’ve heard from so many parents all over the world, who as a result, have started having conversations with their kids. To play a tiny part in that, I’m just truly humbled.”