Family Preparedness Part II: Preparedness And Children

This is part two of our series on “It Is All In The Family Preparedness”.

If you ask any parent, they will tell you that they will do anything for their child. This is universal and never changes. The children are one facet of family preparedness that should be discussed more often. Children are our future right? So let’s keep it that way.

Let me begin by saying that I do not claim to be a mental health expert or professional, but we can usually come to conclusions from our own personal experiences. Of course each person has a different experience in life, but there is a middle ground that we can usually agree upon. While this is mostly opinion, this information is food for thought. You get the idea.

As adults, we sometimes forget that stressful situations can have a more damaging effect on the mental well being of children than it does on us. I am referring to young children, probably around the age of 10 and younger. Remember when you were young and something bad happened in the family, whether it was a death in the family or money problems, etc. You kinda felt helpless. You wished you had the ability to solve the problem, but just couldn’t. The reason I am making this reference is because this might be the way your children may feel in the midst of a situation we prepare for.

So what do we do? Having things around is great, but mental preparedness is something we should pay extra attention to. I remember my days out in the cruel world and having to go to a call where children were involved. The only thing I was able to tell them is that everything is going to be fine. Though I didn’t have a crystal ball to verify this, it was the hope and positive thinking that went a long way. Also having some sort of a toy to give them help the situation as well. Staying positive will go a long way. Young children can pick up on fear and nervousness.

As a part of your preparation plan, you should include some “distractions” for the children. Games, toys, or anything that can keep them occupied would be helpful. Be prepared to communicate and answer a lot of questions. Communication is most important as children like to be a part of the plan and not just being there. Giving them little chores or responsibilities should also take care of not only keeping them busy, but also enabling them to feel as they are a part of the solution to the problem.

In conclusion; stay as connected as you can with your children when prepping. This should alleviate some problems when things go sour and you have to put your plan in action. Until the next installment, stay safe and stay alert.

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