How to Balance Prepping and Parenthood

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While having a family and being a parent can be one of the most exciting, fulfilling things a person can do with their lives, it can be hard to find the right balance when introducing the importance of preparation to your kids. On one hand, you certainly don’t want to push your kids too hard, risking them burning out on learning about prepping early on. On the other hand, it is essential that all members of your family have a solid foundational understanding of prepping and are aware of what they will need to do should everyone find themselves living in a survival situation. Fortunately, finding that right balance isn’t impossible, you just need to know how to approach it right.

Finding The Time

With everything going on in the world right now, finding the time to balance all of your duties while still educating yourself and your family on the necessity of prepping can seem impossible. While restrictions are beginning to ease around the country, many folks are still working from home and most kids will be engaging in at-home education to varying degrees. For many, prepping takes precedence, but if your kid is already dealing with a massive shakeup having to attend school via the internet from home, they might not be in the best place to learn prepping and survival skills.

One way around this lack of time on all fronts is to help your child excel in their studies by assisting them in setting up the perfect at-home education workspace. Providing them with a functional, well-lit space can inspire them to get their work done more quickly, offering you more time together to tackle the hard work of prepping education. In many ways, this too can be a learning moment for them that will be beneficial in a survival situation as well as they will need to develop exceptional organizational and time management skills when attending school from home.

Maximizing their ability to receive a quality education from home will not only help to protect them from the inherent danger of attending class in person but will help to free up a huge amount of time that can be used to further prepare them for the litany of dangerous situations that might be headed our way down the road.

Teaching Prepping As A Life Skill

There is no shortage of vital skills that you can teach your children that revolve around prepping but whose usefulness extends into their everyday lives. While the big topics like food gathering and storage as well as self-defense and general home maintenance have obvious tertiary benefits for developing minds, it is important to understand that pretty much everything that your child learns from you can have some unintended side-effect in how they will go on to approach the rest of their lives. 

Teaching your family about self-preservation and self-sufficiency is an obvious must for anyone wanting to prepare for worst-case scenarios, but in learning those things kids get added benefits. When you teach your children how to care for themselves in any situation, they will begin to boost their own self-confidence giving them an edge when dealing with stressful life events, whether they are related to survival or not.

Learning about the prepping lifestyle can allow you to instill lifelong skills in your children. Everything from good hygiene practices to time management and decision-making skills can all be taught through prepping education, and once you square away the time to properly instruct your family, you will see the benefits extend into every part of their lives, not just prepping directly.

Prepping For The Whole Family

If your family isn’t as enthusiastic about prepping as you are, it can be difficult to find the best way to begin introducing the importance of prepping to them while still maintaining a normal family dynamic. While it is never too early to begin educating your family on prepping, you should always strive to ensure that you are teaching age-appropriate skills and not pushing too hard. After all, they are your kids and you shouldn’t expect them to be able to field strip a long gun as a pre-teen, but knowing how to find food, shelter, and clean water is a set of skills that can be learned at nearly any age.

You can also begin introducing family members to prepping through the simple act of gift-giving. Sure, buying your child a dirtbike and the gear to keep them safe when riding it might seem like a regular run of the mill gift, but it presents an opportunity to show just how important the ability to remain mobile at a moments notice can be in a survival situation. Even starting with a simple pocket knife or multitool can open up the doors to learning about safety, fire starting, and a virtually endless number of other vital survival and life skills.

Finally, you need to ensure that, even though it feels like there isn’t enough time in the day, your family is all on the same page regarding the plan should anything happen that threatens their safety. Above all else, the ability for your family to limit losses and quickly get to safety is contingent on everyone’s ability to follow the plan. With the right education and training, your children can help you to develop the plan, giving them the chance to use the knowledge you’ve given them all while staying safe and healthy.

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