Mara Paradis, M.D.
Growing up in the Midwest means summer months are dappled with intense thunderstorms. To some children, they’re sources of awe; to others, they bring about seemingly countless hours of terror. Often kids grow out of this fear as they age, but when they are young it’s good to have a few tricks up your sleeve to get your little sunshine through the summer storms.
As you very well know, every child is different, so every child will have a different reaction in the case of a storm. If your child gets anxious in severe weather, use trial and error to establish a system to keep him or her feeling safe and calm.