While we, as adults, may be strong at our prepping game it is relatively hard to teach children anything about survival, prepping or a TEOTWAWKI event. Children are the most precious beings in our life and we would do anything to keep them safe, but it is hard to tell your child about doomsday or something really bad happening to the world. They are still developing their understanding about the planet they live in, and you don’t want to scare them, or make them live their life scared about disasters. However, if disaster strikes and your child is clueless about what is happening then it will be a lot harder to deal with.
None of us want anything bad to happen to our children and we’ll do everything to protect them so in an SHTF situation, you want them to be equally active as you are and survive through every disaster. In order to teach your children at a young age, you just have to be a bit smarter about it. Following are some intelligent ways to educate your children about the importance of survival and surviving.
Food is one of the most essential things you need to survive so it should be valued and stored as the basic element of prepping. While you ask your kid to finish his/her meals and not waste it, you should also teach them how you have been storing food in your survival kits.
Your kids must know at all times where your survival kits are and in what emergencies they should take out the survival kit or any of its components. Also, as a prepper, your children should have a developed taste for vegetables, specially the green leafy ones. If you are a prepper you should cook them something other than the usual and something that is purely organic. Tell them that there can be times when they wouldn’t be eating like this and at that time they’ll have to eat a lot of things they usually don’t.
Quick Tip: Children love stories and they naturally learn faster through them than through school-like lessons.
Teach children about your Emergency plan and Safety:
Never think that your child is too young to learn about SHTF situations or your emergency plan. Teaching them at a young age when their brain is still developing is easier than when they grow up. As a parent it would hurt to see your child completely defenseless in the face of danger.
Tell them about the potential disasters and what they are supposed to do in case of emergency. Telling your kids about not trusting strangers and what to do if their home or school catches fire can save your child from getting stuck or from potential harm. Your child should also be aware of possibilities like financial hardships in times of an economic turmoil. You and your family must be prepared for natural disasters, like hurricanes, storms, tornadoes, floods or earthquakes and should know that such events can force you to leave your home and other belongings.
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As for preparations, you are your child’s role model so make sure your kids see whatever you do and set an example for them. Children can play a substantial part in making survival possible when you are in the midst of a home invasion and a prepper child can be smarter in times like these than an adult.
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Teach children skills through regular drills:
You should practice your contingency plan as often as possible to ensure efficiency and safety of you and your family, including children. Make the regular safety or running drills fun so that you don’t have to force your children into doing something. You can fuse their enthusiasm and interest into prepping by making the activities more than just a homework-esque activity. You could make several other activities out of them or turn the whole drilling sessions into a game or a competition by awarding them with something in the end.
It’s very important that your child is physically fit and strong enough to be self-sufficient to defend him/herself. Encourage them to take part in classes like, martial arts, swimming, gymnastics, or other set of skills. They might find a new sport of particular interest while learning about self-defence along with physical and mental strength. Your children should be taken out of home and should be taught to live in the wild every once in a while, so as to incorporate the idea of survival in a more practical and believable manner.
How do you teach your children about survival?