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Soothing Children When Wicked Weather Strikes

If your child is anxious or fearful during thunderstorms, here are a few things you can do…

  • Offer reassurance with hugs and words.
  • Ask your child what will make him or her feel better (wearing earphones to block out the noise; building a fort from furniture and blankets to crawl inside).
  • Teach the science behind thunder and lightning. Knowledge and understanding can make things less scary and give your child a sense of control.
  • Teach your child how to stay safe (go inside when lightning strikes; don’t stand under trees or large objects; stay out of water).
  • Remember that lots of kids at some point in life are scared of storms but that fear usually evaporates as they get older.
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