Deafening booms of thunder and blinding flashes of lightning can often feel like a scene straight out of a scary movie for your kids and pets. Even wind that causes a branch to tap against a window can instill fear in those who aren’t able to understand the ways of Mother Nature! To avoid the panic and fright brought on by this year’s storm season, check out these tips to help make your kids and pets feel safe.
- Implement a safety plan for weather emergencies that everyone is familiar with. Have a cozy space picked out with the emergency supply kit there.
- Limit TV and scary movies. Avoid news coverage as they will always show the most severe storm damage.
- Remain calm. Your children will follow your lead, so let them know that you feel safe.
- Make a game out of it. For example, a player could "get points" each time there is thunder.
- Practice positive reinforcement, to encourage your pet to not act out.
- Play calming music to drown out the thunder claps.
- Keep the pet with you.
- Provide a safe indoor area, such as a crate, but leave the door open so the pet doesn't feel trapped.
- Provide distractions. Create a “storm fun kit” that you bring out only during storms. Include human and pet games, snacks/treats, flashlights, etc.
- Cover windows so that neither kids nor pets can see the turmoil outside.