“Prevention is better than cure.” It is a value that families practice and believe in. When it comes to survival, this is not applicable. Preparation is a must! (It is not about What if’s but it is about When’s)
Preparing for Survival and Engaging Kids
Preparing for survival is a complicated task for adults. It can be more complicated when it deals with kids. Children are extremely fragile. They may panic because of danger or emergencies. This may result to a more unwanted situation. For example is power outage at night. Most children will scream or cry because of darkness. Screams and cries can cause panic in a household. This can result to chaos.
Everyone in the household must be part of the efforts for survival planning. It doesn’t only benefit the elders but it also gives the children a role to act as a part of a team.
As parents, our job is to help our kids understand Survival. We don’t want screams and cries, because we want our family to survive!
In this article, we will help you know the importance of Engaging your kids to Survival.
Seven Benefits of Engaging your Family in Survival Planning
Our home is our first sanctuary and safe place. It is a place where we first learn how to make friends, how to read, how to be creative and how to be us. This place gives us opportunity to start prepping for Survival with our Kids.
There are 7 benefits of engaging your family in Survival Planning. These are:
- Survival – Everyone wants their loved ones to survive. When you engage your family in Survival Planning you are more likely to survive as a family because no one will be surprised and everyone will understand the plan.
- Family togetherness – Planning can be a fun family activity. You can even make it a game for younger children. It’s a good way to be more cohesive as a family.
- Taking action helps overcome any sense of helplessness over what is going on in the world – Taking action changes mindset and puts your family in a good or better sense of the world that we live in. This in turn will help others around you.
- Makes everyone more flexible – Planning and thinking through the possibilities gives people a problem solving mindset that will help them be more flexible in every part of their lives.
- Physical fitness – Survival planning and training can help everyone be more fit and healthier.
- Problem solving skills – Puzzles and constant challenging of each other’s minds and skills will assist in survival mode.
- Appreciation for the outdoors – Introducing survival activities to your family gives them a deeper sense of the life outdoors. It’s a good thing to know the importance of nature and life.
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Six Importance of Engaging Kids to Survival
Survival involves attending calmly to our most urgent needs in any situation. This is what we want our children to acquire, because of the following:
- It Builds Confidence and Self-Esteem.
Kids who grow with the knowledge of Survival decision making have a more improved sense of self-confidence. They know that they can put up with difficult times because they already experienced it. When a kid knows the reality of survival situations and able to overcome it, it produces a strong belief in one’s own capability. The awareness of survival ability forms confidence.
- It Helps Them Become More Independent.
Independence allows your child to attend to his own character growth. Engagement with survival activities, teaches them to face unfriendly situations. Allowing them to help with household chores teaches them the sense of responsibility. It also prepares them to work on their own initiative.
- It Teaches them About the Environment.
It is a pleasing thought that children appreciate and value nature and the life surrounding it. When a kid hold in respect to its surrounding, he becomes one to it. He will have a more sensitive mind and action. The realization of having a life through nature will guide them to Survival. Taking care of Mother Nature is vital.
- It Enables Social Skills.
Survival planning involves communication. Children who are exposed to challenging tasks gain better communication skills. It allows them to participate as part of a team. It gives them the voice to speak their minds. It also promotes stronger bonds to siblings and parents. Moreover, it helps them trust others and build relationships.
- It Provides Enjoyment.
Survival activities are not only for serious and threatening events. It is also for creative learning! Kids love games. These activities sharpen their mental and physical being. It opens doors to be resourceful, to be a leader, to be a part of something enormous like a hero.
- It Can be a Hobby.
A research from the National Trust shows that children spend only over four hours a week for physical activities. Most of their time is consumed by playing electronic gadgets. Survival activities can keep your children away from electronic devices. It can become a good hobby, like gardening and taking care of backyard animals. This can eventually give them opportunity to explore more talents.
Five Activities to Warm up your Child’s Inner Survivor
The satisfaction of outdoor activities is immeasurable. These can bring more excitement and enthusiasm when experienced with your family. Here are 5 activities to Engage your kids to Survival:
Camping can be done on your backyard or outdoors. It provides a chance to your kids to forget their homeworks. It refreshes their physical and mental state because they are enabled to take action. They also get the turn to play with nature. Here are some tasks your kids can do during camping:
- Build their own tent.
- Gather firewood.
- Pack their own things.
Fishing begins with the bait. It is an inexpensive bonding activity that allows you to pass a skill to your kids. You don’t need the expensive children fishing gears to get started. A fishing net will help your children participate. Here are things you may want them to experience:
- How to hold a fishing rod properly.
- How to clean and cook fish.
- How create their own fishing rod.
This activity allows you and your children to get closer to wildlife and nature. It requires more preparation than the previous activities mentioned. It is a good exercise for the kids. It enables them to have a greater sensitivity on their surroundings. Through this activity kids can:
- Learn the use of compass and maps.
- Become more observant.
- Value cleanliness and leaving no trace.
- Backyard Adventure
Even your backyard can be a Survival Training ground. The apple or mango tree can become one of the obstacles or safe haven. Your children are mostly familiar with this place. It is a good place to start. You can allow them to:
- Plant some food like vegetables.
- Climb a tree.
- Tend animals, like ducks and chickens.
- Household Chores
There is nothing more joyful than seeing your kids help with household chores. It doesn’t only help you but it helps them more. It is a step to personal growth and independence. You can start by giving them responsibilities, like:
- Fixing their own bed.
- Cleaning the dishes.
- Preparing food.
Keep each activity fun by planning games, bringing snacks and a lot of patience!
Four Helpful Tips to Guide vs. Command
Parents can be assertive or insistent. It is a trait we acquire when we start raising a child. When it comes to Survival, we should remember that a demanding approach is not always as effective as we think it is.
Remember that we are talking to kids, our kids. We are preparing them. Preparing, meaning, we are instilling the importance of the task and not scaring them with what may happen.
Here are some helpful tips to kick-off:
- Be honest. We do not want to sugar-coat a situation. We have to show them what is dangerous and how we can face it. We have to gently teach them that preparing can give them power. This is a power to defeat danger and a power to survive struggle.
- Wear the shoes of our children. More than anyone else, we know them better. We know every part of them. We know how they move and how they think. We know any changes from their body. Use these as a powerful tool to keep your child engaged and interested. Incorporate your inner child when talking to them.
- Be Patient. We are our children’s first teachers and playmates. We have to set as good examples to them. Realistic expectations to our children helps in maintaining patience and emotional balance.
- Have fun learning. Children are fast learners. Most importantly, they listen to their parents. They are creative. They can climb a tree like Tarzan and build a house like an Architect. When it comes with kids, the potential is endless. What we can do is guide them to keep their potential
Here at Mike’s Gear Reviews we value families. For in Survival, it is not about just “you” anymore. It is about “us”, you, your family specially your kids. Get them engaged and practice these three last notes:
- Ask their opinion on how they want things to get done. Get them involved in planning.
- Allow them to explore and do stuff on their own
- Make it a game and have fun!