Prepping can be an extremely sensitive subject for some people to talk about. That’s because it forces individuals to stop and think about situations that are scary and out of their control. Or they may think it’s ridiculous because they’ve watched preppers on TV and how they’ve built bunkers for an apocalyptic event. So when such a conversation comes up, they believe that simply ignoring the subject is the right solution. However, this coping mechanism doesn’t solve anything, and somewhere in the back of their minds, they may realize they need to consider another approach. Use these tips to mentally prepare your family for prepping! In case you missed this post, How to Survive Mentally When SHTF
Grab a Calendar to Make Plans Monthly
You can start out by having a monthly meeting with your family. It’s a good idea to start with a plan for each month. For instance, January is typically cold, think of stocking gloves or warm hats if needed in your area. I would picture flashlights, or maybe a lantern or two. Make sure every family member has a flashlight on their nightstand or dresser. Dont’s forget to stock batteries.
Make a list of food items you would want to eat in January. Soup and homemade bread come to my mind. As far as skills, learn to make white bread, wheat bread, sourdough bread, biscuits, tortillas, or whatever your family would enjoy eating that are made with items in storage.
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Mentally Prepare Your Family for Prepping
When it comes to trying to convince your own family members about the need to start or continue prepping, you may have already “hit the wall,” with them showing very little interest. Your spouse may be that person. While you may be currently frustrated that they don’t see things the way you do, you have to find a way to keep calm and remain patient when talking with them about being prepared. If you ever hope to break through their defensive barriers, you have to do so in the right manner. These are ways on how to mentally prepare your family for the idea of prepping.
How to Mentally Prepare Your Spouse for Prepping
Preparing your spouse mentally on the idea of prepping can prove to be difficult right off the bat if you don’t have a plan on how you go about it. You also have to remember that he or she is not your adversary, so don’t allow the conversation to turn into a yelling match. Here are a few ways that you can go about it.
Take it Slowly
Before you even have your first conversation with your spouse about prepping, plan how you are going to approach the subject and remember to take it slowly. While your number one concern may be to prepare your family for the worst-case scenario, you don’t want to completely blindside them on the matter. Starting off by talking about your doomsday concerns with your spouse isn’t going to help to win him/her over. If anything, they’ll think that their spouse has gone nuts, or you may scare them from ever continuing the conversation.
Instead of using such a tactless approach, try discussing with them why it’s important for your family to be prepared for the next pandemic, a job loss, or a long-term injury that puts you out of work. You could then move on to the subject of keeping your family safe during some of the natural disasters that are most likely to happen in your area.
Wait for the Right Moment to Present Itself
For those of you who already know that your spouse will be hesitant about the idea of prepping, sometimes you just have to be patient and wait for the right moment. You may be thinking that the right time will never arrive? Trust me, with all of the natural disasters and civil unrest that is covered on the news regularly, you won’t have to wait long. When a disaster on the news does show up, casually ask your spouse what they would do if your family was faced with that situation.
Share Information That’s Relatable to Them
Your spouse may not understand your way of thinking when it comes to prepping, so you have to get them on the same page by making it something that is personal to them. But tread lightly. Talk to them about past disasters that may have happened in your area and how many of the families were completely unprepared for them. Share your concerns about keeping them and your children safe in case such a scenario ever happened. Once it’s become personal to them, they’ll be much more willing to hear what else you have to say.
Avoid Getting Upset
Through all of this, you need to remember to remain calm and that it won’t help if you raise your voice. Doing so isn’t going to break down their defensive barrier. It will only put a stop to the present conversation and throw a wrench in the possibility of any future talks on the subject. Remember, you are on the same team and that their well-being is what your overall goal is in the first place, so try and help them understand that proper preparation is critical for all families.
How to Mentally Prepare Your Kids for Prepping
Once you finally have your spouse open to the idea of prepping, it’s time to talk with your children about preparing for different kinds of disasters. While your kids may be much easier to persuade than your spouse, you still need to do so carefully. These are a few things for you to keep in mind:
- Be sure to keep it age appropriate and basic. I’m sure the last thing that you want to do is scare your kids and cause them unnecessary stress. You also don’t want to make it complicated if you’re talking with smaller children. Keep it simple.
- Take it slowly. Just like with your spouse, move slowly into the conversation. Be sure to get them involved by asking them about some of their concerns and questions that they may have.
- Help them relate. You can help your children better understand by using situations that they can relate to. Discuss with them what they would need to do if a disaster were ever to take place while they were at school, or how they could stay safe if they were ever home alone when it happened.
- Teach them about paying attention to their surroundings. When you’re out in public, explain to your children that they need to know what’s going on around them. When you’re at the store, point out where all the emergency exits are. Don’t be afraid to ask them what they would do in different situations. You could teach them through games that would be fun as you discuss emergency exit plans, where to meet, how to pack the car, how to filter water, and so much more.
Getting everyone in your family on board with the idea of prepping can oftentimes be challenging, especially if you’re married to someone who is stubborn, already has anxiety issues, or you’re in a tight spot financially. Regardless of your situation, you have to help your spouse understand that prepping is a lot like a life insurance policy that may one day prove to make all the difference. What are some other ways that you can think of when it comes to mentally preparing your family for prepping? May God Bless this world, Linda.
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