Dec. 21 was the supposed date of the end of the world, therefore, everyday after that is now considered “post-apocalyptic”. While this may have been the worst apocalypse ever, and many were hoping for zombies, it didn’t happen. On Dec. 23 Huffington Post shares the story of a woman who grew up in a prepper community that taught her all about living without, stock piling, and preparing for any kind of situation.
During the first 15 years of her life, she grew up in a cult community that her mother joined in the 1960s. She lived with huge stockpiles of food, honey and firewood, learned to raise her own meat and grow her own food, shoot a rifle and while she had electricity, she could easily live without it. While she considers herself a stage one prepper, there are some things to consider when having children to parent in a world that is askew from the everyday formalities. Here are seven tips to help your family survive an apocalypse regardless of your parenting style.
- Send your children outside- The more that your kids can get a lay of the land and explore their space the better off they will be in knowing where things are and how to get to them. Knowing more than one route to get to the same place is never a bad life skill.
- Teach them a post apocalyptic life skill- There are several things that are considered a dying art that parents can learn and share with their children so that they won’t be without after the apocalypse. Knitting is handy for making and repairing clothing and blankets while crocheting is great for making chain mail as well as clothing and blankets.
- Turn off the TV- Taking away electronics is a fantastic way to engage kids in anything other than mindless entertainment. This will help when there is no power and watching TV or jumping on the Internet isn’t possible.
- Teach your child about fear- When there is nothing like an electric fence to help protect you, fear can become a very real, and likely possibility. Wild animals can stray closer to home looking for food, people will likely try and loot the house for supplies, and many other possible scenarios that can scare children so teaching them to expect it beforehand and how to deal with it during and after will help everyone tremendously.
- Grow your own food- Teach your kids how to grow their own vegetables as well as raising and preparing their own meat and dairy. Cows are great multipurpose animals because they can be eaten, and they give milk, the same goes for chickens offering eggs and being a healthy meat source. This will ensure that your children will never go hungry if they are alone or with few resources.
- Foraging- In a post apocalyptic world, every day can be a camping trip. When you are always on the move, it is important to know what is growing wherever you are that you can eat without fearing that you poisoned yourself. If your children now what berries, mushrooms, grasses, and other plants that are edible survival rates will increase.
- Offer shooting practice- Gun safety should be taught to children as early as possible. Teaching children how to properly handle, load and shoot will give them the confidence to protect themselves, eat, and keep others safe as well. If you have a cross bow or knives that can also do the same thing, teaching your child to use those as well or instead is a good safety measure.
Overall, a parent can never be too safe during a post apocalyptic world. There are dangers around every corner and even parents that are apposed must teach their children about them so that they can survive.