Thursday, May 31, 2012
What About the Children?
Having kids is tough work. Constantly keeping them occupied and out of trouble is a job in itself, but then if you add an end of the world situation it could be a thousand times worse. Don't Panic. There are quite a few things you can do to keep your kids prepared and comfortable during a teotwaki situation.
One of the first things you need to do is make sure that you find foods that kids like and store them. Peanut butter and honey sandwiches are a great choice for kids and give them both the protein and calories to continue growing. Plant fruit trees like oranges and lemons to make a tasty snack or lemonade.
Make a list of their favorite toys, such as a stuffed animal or blanket that they NEVER go to bed without. In fact, make sure you have multiple of this item in case you lose one and switch them out frequently so that the two are indistinguishable from each other. These will be a huge factor in your child coping with the change in the world.
If you're bugging out, make your shelter like a "cabin". What I mean by this is make it a place that you visit often with your kids. The more positive experiences you associate with the place, the easier it will be for your kids when you arrive. They should be very familiar with it before you head out.
Have special toys or games ready for when you hunker down. When they have something like a new board game or a new barbie doll it'll take their mind off the world outside your shelter and give you a few minutes of much needed thinking. The less stressed out they are the easier it will be for everyone.
Let them help out with the chores. Give them options. Little children love to help out, and why not let them. When they get bored of picking vegetables let them help daddy milk the goat, or even take them out to show them how to hunt. Not only will they begin to learn useful skills, but they'll be happy to learn them. The more you expose them to new situations, the more likely they are to try new things in the future.
Any suggestions on activities for kids? Leave a comment.