Actually, telling a kid the storms are of some sort of spirits can be very scary. Kids often think the spirits are out to get them like a boogie man.<quoted text>
How do some totally scientific minds temporarily explain severe thunder and lightning in wee early morning hours to scared witless three year olds, unable to yet grasp the natural concepts of occurence?
"Angels bowling in heaven"...and a grounding rod.
How "horrible" of them huh?
(I think not).
You can lie to your kids if you wish, but I think the truth is better in this case. It might actually help them understand their world instead of confusing them.
Thunder is nothing but the sonic boom created from lighting cutting through the air. The sound is harmless.
I often conduct little experiments in thunderstorms. I will shake my fists at the sky and dare god to strike me down.
I often see my friends scatter. I get a good laugh out of it.
But then I ask them if they really think a god is controlling lighting. They often realize at that moment how silly they are being.
The lies their parents told them do not shake easily.