A born and bred New Yorker, I’m trying not to freak out too much about Hurricane Irma! When you’re not used to hurricanes, the littlest talk gets you super nervous. As moms, we have to try our best to be calm so our jitters are not passed down to our kids. I have been talking to my son about heavy rain and had him accompany me to get sandbags and other needed supplies. We’re expecting the worst but praying for the best so I want to show him that preparation in any situation is key!
Ezekiel 38:7 “Be prepared, and prepare yourself , you and all your companies that are assembled about you…”
We will be boarding up the windows in the house (especially that sliding glass door that leads to our back patio 😩), My gas tank is full just in case we mandated to evacuate and we are filling the house with water and snacks!
Here are some tips and resources you can use to help prepare your kids for Irma:
1. Talk about heavy rain ☔️, lightening, thunder and heavy winds. Let them know that it’s a part of nature and it eventually passes. My sweet kid said to me “Mommy, you’re going to protect me, and I’m going to protect you!” ♥️
2. Read books!
The Lemonade Hurricane by Licia Morelli teaches kids how to “be still” in the wake of a hurricane!
Sold on Amazon The Lemonade Hurricane: A Story of Mindfulness and Meditation https://www.amazon.com/dp/0884483967/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_c3CSzbB09T7FY
3. WUCFTV.org has awesome resources for kids such as “Draw your feelings” which helps kids to express their feelings about hurricanes and other potentially scary events.
4. Watch videos! Sesamestreet.org has the cutest video from big bird called “Big Changes” as well as free printable resources
5. My very favorite is to go old school- pull out books, board games and make it a fun sleepover! My son already made a tent ⛺️ in the living room using his child size table and ALL his blankets 🤣
* For additional tips on how to prepare for a major storm visit the National Weather Service @ http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/hurricane/index.shtml
I wish you all well and send prayers of comfort and safety as we weather this. Remember God is always in control and bigger than Irma! Be safe ♥️