Explaining Weather to Children
As weather is a topic that comes up often with children, I want to share my latest column in NY Family magazine.
About a year ago, many New Yorkers experienced noticeable tremors from a small earthquake. A week later, we braced for Hurricane Irene, which was projected to hit New York head-on. Luckily, both events ended up being quite mild. But in a world where media coverage has a 24/7 presence, our children are exposed to more local, national, and significant weather happenings than ever before. Most recently, New York and many other areas in this country have experienced extreme and often fatal heat conditions and power outages. With ever-increasing incidents of severe weather occurrences come questions—questions that are, for many parents, not so easy to answer. To get some guidance, I spoke with social work professional Marsha Greenberg.
Q: Do you have a general phrase that you find useful when talking to children about natural disasters and significant weather occurrences?
A: One of the expressions that I think is very helpful is: “Let’s talk about how the earth rocks and rolls.”
To read the rest of this interview and learn some useful ways to talk with your children about weather, click here.
Here’s to the earth rocking and rolling and finding a meaningful way to talk about it.