My 7 year old son, Sam, is very afraid to fly. He has flown once before, when he was 3, to Florida. For him, it was a terrible experience. I think between his ears popping (even though we had him chewing something to help with that) and his stomach flipping at take off - he has developed a fear of flying. On the flight out he was fine. On the way back, however, he didn't even want to get on the plane. We talk from time to time about going to different places and having to take an airplane to get there. He refuses to talk about it and bursts into tears. My husband won a trip to Florida this summer and we want to take our boys with us but Sam doesn't want to fly. I really want to help him to overcome his fears.
Has anybody had experience with this? Any suggestions? We really don't want to drive or take a train and we really want to include our boys on this trip (and future trips for that matter!)