Monday, March 5, 2012

March Winds


February weather was unique and March winds have already done major damage to many states in the Midwest. Does this bad weather affect your children? The answer is a loud YES.

If your child has been in the center of bad weather or a storm or senses your fear, your child can become very frightened even when there is no immediate danger. What can you do to help your child deal with these fears during what seems to be an overactive tornado season?

Here are some tips to help your child during the upcoming rainy and windy season.
  • Have a plan for bad weather. Decide ahead of time the safest place or room to go to in a storm and share the plan with all the members in your family including your younger children. In an age appropriate way, your child can be included without frightening the child. Have a tote bag in the area already prepared with juice boxes, snacks, and favorite books or a stuffed toy to entertain your child while you are waiting out the weather. An extra blanket might come in handy too for both comfort and security.

  • Have flashlights and a battery operated radio available in your safe area. If the area is in the basement set up a shelf for this equipment. If it is a bathroom or smaller room in the center of the house, make sure there is a drawer or shelf for these items and that other family members know where the items are to be kept. In the panic of an actual storm, being prepared will save time.

  • Read books about weather with your children at other times of the year. There are some fun picture books and early reader books that give children interesting information about how storms happen. This will open the conversation for children so they feel free to express their fears at a time when you are not stressed about safety. In the middle of a tornado is not the time to have these conversations.

  • Try to keep your own fears in check. Kids will pick up on those fears and react making it that much more stressful. Play word games, sing silly songs, or read books during the time you are in your safe place to keep fears under control but also be prepared to react if your area becomes a dangerous place to be.
Storms, tornado's, winds, rain, thunder, and hail can be very frightening to a child and for good reason. But being prepared and having a plan can make it less frightening for your child.






2 comments:

  1. Excellent tips and great timing. Children are far more sensitive to adults emotions than often we even are. Keeping our own emotions in check can prevent little one's from becoming agitated, confused, fearful as well as suffer from insomnia and tummy upsets. Before bedtime say a comforting prayer to your child, read a book with an encouraging end and soft, matte pictures or play gentle lullaby or worship music on a CD player. Constantly reassuring children they are not alone will help ease the fear so many may have about disasters and storms all around them. Thanks for this wonderful post! :-)

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