Your children may be the last people you want to bring into the prepping community. Children are far smarter than you think, however, and they should be aware of prepping and what it entails. After all, if a disaster comes along one day, you would want them to be prepared and ready, right? Giving your children a dose of reality about what could happen in a disaster is especially important to emergency preparedness.
Children do need to have a basic knowledge of the hard realities in the world. For emergency preparedness to be successful, they need to start building problem solving strategies earlier rather than later. Asking your children to identify everyday problems and how they would solve them is a valuable skill. We unfortunately live in a world where war, terrorism, financial instability, and natural disasters are a common occurrence. Getting your children situated with the realities of some of these without going into too much detail is important. Ask your children what they would do if there were suddenly orange flames in the oven, or if they were lost. Pinpointing situations like these and helping them remain calm is a skill every child should have.
The prepping community is one that is quickly growing. Teach your children survival basics, like starting fires and about which wild berries are good to eat and not. Take them fishing and expose them to the wilderness. They will, in turn, have a much greater understanding of the world that exists around them and be more receptive to learning prepping skills.
Prepping isn’t just about stocking six months of food in your house (although this is very much recommended), it’s about controlling the environment around you. You can’t control a dangerous situation from impacting your child, but you can prepare them for if that situation does occur. Another necessary skill every child should learn early is cooking. That doesn’t mean letting them cook unsupervised on the stove. It means teaching them very basic skills in the kitchen from a young age – where all the food is, how to open it, and what is on and off limits. As they get older, you can show them how to cut fruits and vegetables, how to use the stove, and how to prepare basic meals.
You can start off slow and show them how to make canned food and other prepacked food, and then move on to more complicated dishes that require more time and effort.
In order to be successful members of the prepping community, growing your own food is also a good idea. This could also be a great activity for you and the kids. This could also be the perfect time to teach them about nutrition, and how each food in the garden has a purpose. Having a garden and showing your children how to garden is a great future skill to have.
As leaders in the prepping community, we believe knowledge is power. Children should learn the basics of prepping from an early age so that they can pass down the knowledge to other people. Their ability to think quickly will serve them well not just with emergency preparedness, but also with life.