What Can I Do To Keep My Kids Safe?

keeping kids safeI’ve lost a lot of sleep these past few days. It’s my own fault.

What brought it on? Well, I’ve been thinking a lot about kids and survival lately. What can I do to make sure my kids survive? Not only survive, but thrive, live on with hope? What happens in an emergency situation if we are separated? All of the bug out bags and paracord in the world won’t help my daughters find their way to a safe place if I’m gone. And, even if I am here, how long can you endure a world that has changed completely?

What brought this on? The Movies… the News… Books… Family experience.

Think about it. In times of crisis, who do you care for? Your own people, of course. But, what about the other kids… the ones who lost their families? Do you view them as an intrusion? Another mouth to feed? Or do you help them?

Where do you draw the line?

How far will your humanity allow you to go?

In the Miyazaki film “Grave of the Fireflies”, a boy and his sister lose their mother during an air raid in Japan during World War 2. They make their way to a distant aunt, but instead of caring for them, she treats them like a burden. They end up leaving and trying to make it on their own… but they fail.

The Empire of the Son by JG Ballard is based on the life of the author, and the time he spent in a POW camp as a child in Asia. He learned to take care of himself. The adult POWs seem to consider him a pest, a burden, and not really their problem.

My father was a refugee as a child. He was lucky because someone helped him find his family. How can I be sure my kids will be safe too?

Consider the Road by Cormac MaCarthy. After finding a Prepper haven loaded with food, soap, and even cigarettes, a cleaned up Vigo Mortenson looks at his son and says, “you think I’m from another world, don’t you”? His child only knows hunger and grey skies… cold and fear. What kind of a world is that for a child? And what happens when the father dies?

So now, with all of this swirling through my head, I wonder. What can I do to protect my kids? They have basic emergency training… but what if it becomes permanent? What can I give them or teach them that will insure their safety, even if I’m not around? Who can I trust? And can I still trust that person if the SHTF? Will I be strong enough to deal with the aftermath of catastrophe armed with a can opener and some water?

Any help? Suggestions?  Is there anyone who can give me some peace?

 

 

Prepper Mom/ Sports Mom…. Same Skill Set?

SKill SetI was rolling an idea around in my head today about how similar Prepping is to being a Sports Mom. Think about it… my kids are soccer players, but I’ve heard similar experiences from the mothers of Hockey, Baseball and Basketball players (and, of course, the supreme Sports moms have swimmers; all day meets, or Volleyball players; all day tournaments). If you can handle those grueling days… prepping should be a snap.

 

Take a look at this~                            

Sports Moms Prepper Moms
Equipment

Sports bags are packed with all necessary equipment! Shin guards, water bottle, uniform, snack, shoes, tape, and towel.

Equipment

Bug Out bags are packed with all necessary equipment! Food, Water, Clothing, tools, matches and first aid kit.

Feeding

Sports moms can feed a hungry crowd of 15 teens and their parents on a soccer field at a moment’s notice.

Feeding

Prepper Moms can feed their family of 4 for 6 months under emergency conditions at a moment’s notice.

Feeding (part2)

Always has some sort of high energy snack food somewhere close by… either in her car or in her purse… for hungry kids.

 Feeding (part2)

Always has some sort of high energy snack food somewhere close by… either in her car or in her bug out bag… for hungry people.

Transportation

Has a vehicle that can carry several teens and their gear… as well as extra food…

Transportation

Big enough vehicle to bug out with family and gear…

Shoes

No way to spiked heels… ever try walking across a field in them? And you’d be kicked out of a gym for marring the floor.

Shoes

When the SHTF, we are leaving those prissy girls in spiked heels in our dust…

Orienteering

Finding a field, gym, pool, in the middle of nowhere, hours from home, even in the dark is child’s play!

Orienteering

Has no problems using a compass and a map, or GPS to find any location or meeting place.

Organization

3 kids have to be on different fields in different cities at the same time? No problem.

Organization

Getting 3 kids from 3 different places in different cities to one safe location? No problem.

I guess what I’m saying is…. don’t be daunted by the idea of prepping… if you have active kids, you probably already have the skill set.            

Just take what you know, and adjust it to suit prepping needs.