Even as an adult we can still feel that twinge of fear from a really loud bang of thunder. The hairs on the back of your neck stand up, your eyes grow wide, and you might even jump a little in your seat.
For a kid, thunder can be even more terrifying. It sounds so BIG.
Here are some tips to ease your child's fears about thunder.
1. Explain the science!
You don't need to get into all the nitty-gritty details, but even a simple explanation can ease some tension. The explanation may spark even more questions, and before you know it, you have your laptop open and you're both googling answers and learning together.
2. Laugh at the sound!
If you're not scared, there's a chance your kid won't be scared. They look to you on how to respond. If you're excited and entertained by the sound, they will also learn to relax.
3. Get creative!
The ancient Greeks thought thunder and lightning was Zeus throwing lightning bolts around. Can you come up with your own myths and stories? See if you can create a story together and get those creative juices flowing.
For a basic scientific explanation for toddlers on how thunder works we recommend this article from fatherly.com.
Check out this week's Sajja and Kabba episode where thunder almost ruins their day... but they figure it out!