We want our children to know about prepping & disaster preparedness but we don’t want to scare them. Here are a few tips to do so without scaring them.
Thing can change in a manner of seconds.
One minute everything is fine and then something happens. It could be a job loss, a car accident, a natural disaster or a SHTF disaster.
Everyday it’s on the news where a natural disaster or crisis has happened.
As parents, it’s our job to teach and instill values in our children and make them responsible, self reliant adults one day. We want them to be successful and live a good self sustaining life.
We want them to know of the dangers in the world and to know how to handle those situations correctly. But it’s hard these days because we don’t want to scare them either.
They don’t need to hear about people getting killed in tornadoes and possible economic collapse and all that.
So what do we do?
First of all, we don’t scare them. You don’t want your child being scared to be away from their mothers and fathers because they are scared something bad will happen.
What we need to do is educate them on emergency preparedness in a fun and exciting way.
Teach Your Children Survival Skills Without Them Knowing
Go camping with them so the idea of living in a tent might be exciting. With supervision, help them learn to make camp fires, cook over them and prepare food. We also learn to boil and sanitize our water.
Make the skills fun to learn so that it’s not fear that is driving them, but fun.
Even it’s just in the backyard, make it an educational way for them to learn how to camp so if it ever comes down to it, they will be prepared.
We also garden together. It’s a long term solution but it is a skill that may one day keep them alive. They learn by trial and error what works and what don’t, What they should plant in different seasons, and etc. We weed, fertilize and water the gardens and they are excited to see their harvest for their hard work.
We learn how to stay warm in the winter when heating is not an option and how to stay cool in the summer. We learn about hypothermia and frostbite and what to do when you think you have them as well as what to do about them. We also learn about heat related issues and the symptoms and as well as how to treat them.
We learn how to store and can food. We do simple jellys and pickles and as they grow older and learn, we do other harder foods and sauces. We learn how long
different foods can last on a shelf or in storage buckets.
We learn how to properly care of animals and when is a good time to butcher them. We learn what chickens produce more eggs and how old rabbits need to be to produce and so on. We also learn how to protect them during the cold winter and the heat of the summer.
We go hiking and they pack their own backpacks (with our help of course!) with all they need like water and their own food. We learn to appreciate the outdoors and nature. Maybe find some common plants that you can use for medicine, food, etc. You don’t need to be an expert at first, just find one or two plants. Eventually learn another plant or two.
We teach them about budgeting and managing their own money. They understand they won’t always get what they want. We also try to find ways to save or do things ourselves to save money and learn a new skill if possible.
We also teach them about natural disasters. Like what to do if you are at home during a tornado. Or how to survive an earthquake. We discuss where we would go if we were away from home if disaster strikes and a disaster plan if we were to be apart.
It comes down to the fact- Are your kids learning the necessary skills to help them survive if something was to happen to you or you weren’t around to help them? Teach them these skills and make it fun and educational so they, inadvertently, learn how to take care of themselves during a crisis. They will see this as nothing but quality time together. As they get older, then discuss things further a little at a time.
Your child may know more than you think. But if they have questions, remember to answer simply. Don’t put your answer in complicated ways but on a child’s level. Encourage them to talk about events and disasters to see how they feel and for a chance for them to see how you respond.