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Perhaps one of the biggest reasons we prepare is our children. Many preppers have their SHTF epiphany after marriage or after children.
It’s an astounding thing, how children change us so. You may have a bugout bag packed for them but what do you plan to do with your kids when the SHTF. They won’t be going to school, daycare or any of those types of things.
If you are lucky you may have someone in your community that gathers all the kids for activities. If not they will be looking to you for entertainment and advice in this new world.
The Preparedness Lifestyle
Sure, you could create a list of things for your kids to do in times of collapse but, honestly, this life is much more complicated than that. In order to really prepare your kids for disaster is to integrate a preparedness lifestyle.
Your child should be outside, they should see food growing in your yard. You should take them hunting and fishing and exploring.
They should also be prepared for things. Packing their backpacks with first aid kits and water bottles means they are able to handle some things on their own.
There will be things they cannot deal with and in these times you are going to need to help them cope. They could lose important things or even important people to them.
Figure out what helps your child cope with hard times today and be prepared to have that or something similar on hand. This could be as simple as a 1 on 1 conversation or just some time to vent. If you take note of these things now you will have one less problem on your hands.
Kids will blow up in a disaster. They will get frustrated, just like you. If you dont prepare for them, be prepared to deal with them.
Bonus: Root Cellar That Can Be Used as a Bunker
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Easy Cellar will show you:
- How to choose the ideal site
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- How to protect your bunker from nuclear blast and fallout
- How to conceal your bunker
- Affordable basic life support options
Easy Cellar will also show you how a veteran, with only $421, built a small nuclear bunker in his backyard.