Survival Tips If You Have Children
SURVIVAL TIPS IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN
If disaster strikes your family you will of course be concerned about the welfare of your children. Children will have different fears, wants and needs. This short report is to help those who do have children or grandchildren. If a child’s world turns upside down the challenges will be immense and the more you prepare for them and yourselves the less everyone will suffer.
Anyone who has raised a baby knows the time and work involved. If you are faced with an upheaval your work load will double or triple depending on your level of support from other family members. This is a major topic that should be discussed and planned long before an event happens. Gather your family and designate duties for each family member. If an infant or very young family member is part of your tribe you must make sure that no one person is overloaded. Stress reduction will go a long ways to making living through a disaster much more viable and possible.
Storing formula for infants is one option, as this will depend on your youngsters’ age and how they are currently fed. If you plan out it will be important to understand how things will change as time moves forward. Will you need 6 months formula or a years’ worth? If nothing happens as your infant grows it could be very possible they have outgrown their need for baby foods and you have formula and baby food stored that will not be used. Of course the canned baby food can be consumed by adults and formula could be used for milk in cereals or cooking. It would be advisable to research the brand you are using and learn about any alternate uses of formula.
Carrying your infant
If forced afoot it would pay to have on hand a modern backpack baby carrier. If not needed in a survival challenge (the baby is now running around like a road runner) you can always adapt this for other items that need carried.
Teaching Children Survival Skills
Disaster challenges with children can double the work and the stress. As your children grow start training them with tasks they can accomplish in their age bracket. Teach them the importance of sanitation, clean water, conserving food, remaining calm, watching out for the siblings. Keep adding tasks and skill sets as they continue to grow. Show them how to treat water, be observant, how to keep a journal; anything that can make them a part of the team and make them feel like they have something to contribute.
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Depending on your lifestyle or your desire to alter your current way of life it is always good to be prepared. Everything you learn can be shared with your family and even if it is never needed to survive you have learned great skills that can be handed down the family chain. Basic skills that require living without all of our modern comforts could be called upon at any moment and as we always say; “The more we prepare the less we suffer.”
If things go south you must decide how much you are willing to see your children suffer.
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