Storms, children and life as a mom….

Well yesterday I got to enjoy my hobby, running. Now today, my husband is out doing what he loves, stormchasing. It is a very exciting, adrenaline pumping, amazing, yet scary activity. I however, am at home seated on the couch with my seven year old watching the news and weather.

A few Girl Scout meetings ago they talked about emergency preparedness which is an important aspect of living and growing up in the Kansas/Oklahoma area. However with her preparation, her anxiety has increased tremendously. Her above average reading ability and lack of geography of Oklahoma is not helping whatsoever. She is the first to tell me when the weather radio goes off, however than proceeds to talk over the message that follows the alarm so that I don’t hear it, than i am forced to go look up any additional warnings and such on the Internet and/or husband’s radar on his computer.

I have tried talking to her about remaining calm throughout this process as her panicking will not help the situation. I can’t seem to get her distracted enough off the T.V. to get her to relax. As I type this she is laying on the couch “bicycling” her legs. And let’s not mention the fact she is not letting her brother or dogs leave her sight incase we had to make a run for the closet.

As if all that wasn’t enough, lets not even talk about the fact I can’t hear the T.V. over the 13 month old jibber jabber, toys playing music, and squeals of laughter.

I’m not sure how my mom or others survived the weather before the Internet…….

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