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We all have lofty goals for our family. We want them to be as prepared and engaged in the preparedness dialogue as we are. Still, those things don’t always happen. Instead, we find ourselves in an axiety ridden fit trying to get the family off Candy Crush and other video games.
The question of to engage the kids always lingers. Its no new problem. Every generation looks at the next one as weak and distracted. Well, we can empower them and we can capture their attention. Here is how.
Fire is about as alluring an element as there is on the planet. Even babies are drawn to the glow of fire. Its magic. It burns and kids watch in awe. If you show them how to use sparks to start a fire, they get even more crazy. Firecraft is a go to method for getting kids engaged.
While we aren’t all biologists, the vast majority of preppers and survivalists can at least claim to know some plants, animals and bugs that will make the kids pay attention. Spiders and snakes always get the respect of kids
Knives, saws, axes and any other sharp shiny implement will also keep the attention of children. The power of these tools is something else and kids seem to understand it. It must be written into their genes.
Above all, trust will keep them engaged. You have to show them that they can try things, they can touch things and they can be a part of this survival endeavor. Without trust you will struggle to keep kids engaged.
Kids don’t want to watch you put on a show, they want to be part of the show. They want to learn something and show you something. So take off the handcuffs and let them play, supervised, in the wild world.