When I was young, my dad used to sit me on our stairs where there was a window that you could see the storms roll in and the lightning put on it's show. I loved to say "Ooh, did you see that one!" and then count till the thunder hit to see if it was getting closer or further.
(Fast-FWD 20 years)
I've now had the pleasure of doing this with all 3 of my sons over the years and smile everytime I hear them say, "Ooh, did you see that one!"
My point is, I've never been afraid of storms and my children have never been afraid of storms. They talk about actually sleeping better when it storms and I believe it's because we've made it a family activity. It's looked forward to like a night at the movies. I suppose I feel better too because after my years of watching storms, I know when they look rougher than usual and would like to think I'm a bit of a meteorologist. Self proclaimed sure, but pretty accurate if I may say so myself.