One of the difficulties facing many of us today is getting our kids (and often our spouse) involved in the “what if” scenarios. The kids, like us at their age, think they are immortal and things will be tomorrow just like they are today. World economies, politics, and foreign wars are… well… boring. Of course, you can always discuss the coming zombie apocalypse.
Why prepare for an imaginary disaster when the government will be there to provide assistance? Not everyone in every family is a realist. People didn’t see or grasp the impact of the slow response of the government during hurricane Katrina. And you have to remember, the Government is not a first responder and the larger something is, the slower it moves. People also fail to realize that Government help comes with a price tag. Obamacare is a perfect example.
I recently read a great article on the Trailer Park Homesteader blog. Sharon sums it up simply:
“If you’re like me, you don’t trust the government to bail you out if a disaster strikes. But convincing your other half that you are right and the government is wrong may be a challenge. Some people just prefer wandering around with blinders on, hoping that they’ll never have to see how scary the world really is.”
So where do you even begin? In the article, she guides you through baby steps on how to “sneak” in some prepping if you are having to go it solo. “… start doing things that could be considered prepping, but could also be considered useful for your life in general. For example, if you’re buying the groceries, then start watching sales and buy extra when you find one. Your spouse won’t think it’s suspicious that you have three month’s worth of spaghetti sauce when you explain that you got it half off.”
But the best advice in the article is about getting your family on board.
- Be Patient
- Be Realistic
- Be Reasonable
- Be Interesting
My wife and I are working on a couple of games that families can play to get the kids interested in the activities of emergency preparedness. We feel that getting the whole family on board is crucial, but you don’t have to start from a somber outlook about the future – you can appeal to their desire to do cool things, to compete, to make stuff, to work out solutions. You don’t have to tell them what you’re teaching them!
I encourage all of you to check out The Trailer Park Homesteader and specifically the article “Getting Your Family On-Board with Prepping.”