For my readers who live in Melbourne and those who live in Australia may have heard all about the Christmas Day storms and the damage that it caused. We live in Keilor Park and we have never had hail the size of golf balls. We always hear of them else where……………………but not in Keilor Park. I have to say we were lucky with only car damage and roof damage as others definately we not as lucky.
I could not believe the noise of the hail once it started. We expected thunderstorms but this was not forecast so it totally caught us by suprise. I was just so suprised on the noise of the hail as it hit the roof, plastic roof cover and the cars and it was quite unsettling. Mind you if you missed the first round………………..there was another two times to follow with just as much hail.
But it has only been since last Friday that we have realised the extent of stress that it has caused on Em. The first sign of stress was that she had a melt down about needing to wear her hat to the car as well as to be carried. At that moment I had no idea what was going on considering the day before we were at the park with friends and she was yelling at me for putting her hat on. Poor little Em now has to wear her hat if she goes outside even ifs its less than 30cm to the car, she has to be carried or in the pram and she has to be close to me.
To see the panic in her eyes when the trees move is heart breaking and tonight she hinted about rain so I am sure all of this is related to the storm. It does make me realise that children may not show any stress at the time, but something can trigger those memories or she may have had a bad dream and now she is worried that the wind will bring the rain and all that noise.
I have found this website: Raising Childrens Network http://raisingchildren.net.au/?s_kwcid=TC|14513|raising%20children%20network||S|b|7972302571&gclid=CImI2bigxa0CFchKpgodN00JzQ to be a fantastic site for parents searching for information in regards to their children.