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Thunder - what do you tell your children?

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dilemma456 Mon 28-Jul-08 20:22:10

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DumbledoresGirl Mon 28-Jul-08 20:25:25

I tell my youngest (aged 5 but I have always said this to children of any age up to about 8-10) that it is clouds bumping together and, more crucially, that the noise is just noise and cannot hurt him, it is the lightning that could be dangerous but isn't while he is safe indoors.

DumbledoresGirl Mon 28-Jul-08 20:25:48

Bit prosaic, I know!

DontNeedAnything Mon 28-Jul-08 20:27:00

It is god stomping on th clouds.

Then we turnteh music up so we can't here it.

Elkat Mon 28-Jul-08 20:48:58

Its the clouds banging together. When my daughter was really little, I explained that it was like clapping your hands (and we clapped hands), looked at the noise of two hands banging together, and then listened out for the clouds... and when thunder hit, turned it into a game of clapping our hands loudly and going 'bang'. She was younger than 2.9 when I explained that... and she got it! (She is 4 now).

lizinthesticks Mon 28-Jul-08 20:51:29

I say it is the pounding of ghostly howitzers fired by the spirits of all those who died in the stinking mud and gore of the Ypres salient and if you don't go to bed immediately some shrapnel may whizz through the roof of the house SO MOVE IT OUT KIDS HUP TWO THREE FOUR HUP TWO THREE FOUR.

wulfstan Mon 28-Jul-08 21:32:30

I tell them that thunder is the sound made when lightning heats up the air. It makes it really hot - about 30 000ºC, and the air expands really fast. Thunder is a rumble rather than a bang as the sound travels through the different layers of the atmosphere at different speeds. I expect it'd scare my 2.9yo witless if he thought that there were people in the sky randomly dropping furniture

MsDemeanor Mon 28-Jul-08 21:34:48

ooh, how do you explain lightening Wulfstan?

Tinkjon Mon 28-Jul-08 21:37:28

ROFL liz!!!

lizinthesticks Mon 28-Jul-08 21:37:37

Lightning is the ferocious expansion of negatively charged ions discharging at a minimum of 3000ohms per meter per second squared.

bythepowerofgreyskull Mon 28-Jul-08 21:39:51

oh I am crap... I say that it is God;s tummy that is rumbly and he wants a snack. blush

PeaMcLean Mon 28-Jul-08 21:39:59

<copies wulfstan's explanation for DS who's 7 and would love the sciencyness without quite understanding>

I've never mentioned anything other than it's just the weather, that the lightening makes the thunder noise, that's why you get them together, and that I absolutely love a good thunderstorm.

I remember being in 2nd year juniors and saying it was the clouds bumping into each other. Very confusing for a small child to then have to listen to a different explanation.

stealthsquiggle Mon 28-Jul-08 21:43:36

like wulfstan, more or less, for DS (5). For DD (21mths) it's just "ooh, listen to the rumbly thunder, isn't it fun?"

Blandmum Mon 28-Jul-08 21:44:29

The science! grin

they even undetsand why you see th flash before you hear the thunder.

but then I have kids who ask a question and then sigh and say 'I didn't want to know that much stuff, Mum' wink

LittleBella Mon 28-Jul-08 21:47:28

I tell them it is Thor and he is angry.

PeaMcLean Mon 28-Jul-08 21:48:06

See, I do come unstuck with trying to explain properly though cos I don't always have accurate explanations. DS makes the mistake of listending to me and remembering, so will repeat things back to me several months later, and when I say "erm well I'm not sure that's true" he says "but you told it me" blush

Blandmum Mon 28-Jul-08 21:48:26

well, you'd be angry if you were thor! (boom, boom)

PeaMcLean Mon 28-Jul-08 21:49:36

LOL yes, there's an angry man up in the sky throwing electric around. Now sleep well dearest. hmm grin

Nemoandthefishes Mon 28-Jul-08 21:52:22

with ds who just say its either god ina bad mood[catholics] or the clouds are bumping and then we make a big thing about counting how long it lasts between thunder and lightening

TheDuchessOfNorksBride Mon 28-Jul-08 22:08:54

We're having a lovely thunder & lightning storm too - and all the DCs are fast asleep. I tell them the science stuff, they like it. <despatches them to MBs house>

But I may go with lizs' ghostly howitzers in future. grin

dilemma456 Tue 29-Jul-08 07:37:35

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ThePettyandIllinformedGoat Tue 29-Jul-08 07:43:56

dh likes to explain the science behind everything, poor dd has been heard to say 'stop talking now daddy'

ladytophamhatt Tue 29-Jul-08 07:51:09

I just say "Ohhhhh listen, its thunder, lets go upstairs and watch it"

and we all try and see where teh lightening strikes.

My sister has HUGE phobia of thunder and lightening. Has been known to drive to my brothers house in floods of tears in a storm because shes too scared to drive home.
I think shes mad.

IIRC being in a car is the safest place possible. I seem to remember a programme when I was young proving that.
Something to do with the tyres...

mankyscotslass Tue 29-Jul-08 07:57:54

Usually tell them a variation on Wulfstan's explanation. We try to keep it as factual as possible because my kids would freak at the thought of giants or anything like that.
They used to be great with thunder and lightening, DH and I love it and have never been scared when there is a storm, so they were fine. Then DD went to mil's and there was a storm, and grandma is terrified, so now she is too. angry

Fadge Tue 29-Jul-08 08:00:24

I tell them it's the clouds bumping together.
ladytophamhatt - yes thats right its safest in a car, it's called the Faraday cage effect I think?

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