Helping Your Child to Deal with Storm-Related Fear

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Summer storms can be intense, so it’s not surprising that children can become frightened by them. Thunder, lightning and dark clouds can lead children to feel worried for their well-being and for the well-being of their family.

As a parent, you want to make your child feel secure and calm. However, adults are aware that storms really can be dangerous and even life-threatening.

What is an effective way to ease your child’s anxiety about storms while still promoting caution?

An article from CBS addresses this question and some other concerns a parent might have about his or her fearful child.

One tip from the article is for parents to stay calm during a storm. If a child’s mother or father becomes excited or jumpy during a storm, the child may think this is the appropriate reaction to bad weather. Kids need to be assured by their parents that they are safe and protected. Seeing a parent panic during a storm can threaten a child’s sense of security.

The writer also recommends educating your child on storms and storm safety. Teaching them some interesting facts about storms can make children feel less threatened and more curious. It can also help to eliminate some of their groundless worries. Children who are well-informed of safe practices during a storm may be less worried and better prepared to stay calm in an emergency situation.

If you want to read more interesting tips you can use to help your child feel calm during a storm, you can visit the page below.

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/05/21/good-question-how-do-you-keep-fear-of-storms-from-becoming-a-phobia/

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