Have you ever been out and about in a store, the park, the zoo or anywhere else and suddenly you turn around and can’t find your child? If so, you know the gut-wrenching feeling that strikes you immediately, as well as the adrenaline rush and panic that comes along with it.
Let’s look at what you should do to make every moment count if this ever happens.
Shout So Other Can Help – IMMEDIATELY
Don’t wander around or run around in a panic – the very first thing you should do is get others to help you the moment you realize your child is missing. Shout that your child is missing and give a quick description of your child and their name.
For instance, “My four-year-old son Johnny is missing! Blue shirt, jeans, short black hair, brown eyes. Do you see him?” Repeat it after you say it the first time as many people may not have realized what’s happening until they’ve already missed hearing some vital information.
Ask someone or multiple people to watch the exits and call for security if you are in place that has security guards. Even if the child is found quickly, they can be called back. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and it’s important you do so the moment you realize your child is gone.
If you are just running around yelling their name looking for them yourself, no one knows what you are doing or why you are doing it. Most of the time, the child has just wandered off or is perhaps hiding right in front you; but there is absolutely no reason to leave it to chance.
Don’t Freak Out
Although it is extremely difficult to remain calm, it’s very important so that you can speak in a way people can understand you. The last thing you need in what could be a very time-sensitive situation is to waste time trying to explain to others or waste time while they try to calm you down so they can understand you.
The worst thing that can happen if your child is truly not lost and was just hiding or playing a game is that you may feel a little embarrassed. The alternatives are much worse and any alternative to your child not being quickly found is not one that a parent ever wants to endure.