Is your child scared of severe weather? If so, they’re not alone, in fact severe weather phobias make the top 20 list of what kids fear most. Meteorologist Jason Lindsey tells us ways you can comfort your scared child during severe weather.
Talking to Kids about Severe Weather
Is your child scared of severe weather? If so, they’re not alone, in fact severe weather phobias makes the top 20 list of what kids fear most.
Eliot Acree is one of those kids, like most six year olds, he loves to play with toys, but severe weather terrifies him.
“As soon as he hears thunder and lightning, he starts running to me or his mom,” says Jason Acree, Eliot’s father.
“They hear thunder, they see lightning, they may hear the wind, so just the idea of the unknown of what could happen next is frightening,” says Jenny Linville, a licensed professional counselor associate.
Linville says it’s important for parents to remain calm during severe weather.
“We just hold him and try to comfort him and try to explain what going on as best as we can,” said Acree.
“Let your kids learn about storms, learn about weather, learn what’s happening in a safe space,” says Linville.
What should you do if none of this works for your child?
“As a parent you realize, after a couple of years, your kid is still very frightened of storms, you might want to seek some professional help,” said Linville.
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