Mom­my, Can You Stop the Rain?

Rona Milch Novick, PhD, Anna Kubaszews­ka (illus.)

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By – October 5, 2020

Fright­ened by a thun­der­storm, com­plete with boom­ing thun­der, light­ning, and howl­ing wind, a lit­tle girl asks her par­ents if they can make the storm stop. They gen­tly acknowl­edge her fear, as well as their inabil­i­ty to con­trol the weath­er, and assure her that she is safe indoors with them. They use the fright­en­ing storm out­side as a way to show their child that even if there are things they can­not con­trol, they can still be cozy togeth­er inside. The storm is also an oppor­tu­ni­ty for the child to begin to learn that she will be able to deal with oth­er scary events in the future. Because her par­ents have made her feel safe, she eas­i­ly falls asleep while the storm is still rag­ing, and wakes up to a bright sun-filled morning.

A mezuzah on the front door and ref­er­ences to the child’s Bubbe and Zayde indi­cate this fam­i­ly is Jew­ish, but it is a uni­ver­sal sto­ry and will be reas­sur­ing to any child with fears or anx­i­eties. The sweet­ly expres­sive illus­tra­tions, which enhance the feel­ing of safe­ty indoors while the storm rages out­doors, were cre­at­ed dig­i­tal­ly on a graph­ic tablet.

The author, Rona Novick, a clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist in New York, lec­tures fre­quent­ly to par­ent and school groups. Many of her arti­cles on par­ent­ing can be found here.

Susan Kan­tor was a senior writer/​editor for Girl Scouts of the USA, a chil­dren’s book edi­tor, and a past judge for the Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards in the illus­trat­ed children’s book cat­e­go­ry. She is a writer and a docent at the Rubin Muse­um in New York City, where she leads pub­lic and pri­vate tours.

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