My husband and I have talked about prepping a lot lately and as happens my daughter has been drawn into the conversation a few times. We talk a lot about self-sufficiency too, which is just on the other side of prepping, but as with all 11 year old children my daughter worries. I worried about nuclear war at her age with the cold war, and now she hears all this talk about prepping and wonders if she will face a disaster in her life time.
Here is What I Told Her
I struggled to teach my daughter the different between self-sufficiency and prepping, and why we would be exploring both lifestyles. As I did, what I said surprised even myself, but it hit home and made sense to my daughter as well.
I told my daughter that our society has become entirely too dependent on industry, technology, stores and government to take care of them. That they have given up their power and forgotten how to take care of themselves.
I asked her what she thought under those circumstances would happen if something big did happen? She gave me the answer that I was looking for, that most of them would die. I went on to tell her that what self-sufficiency was all about, self-empowerment, taking back that power and knowing that we could take care of ourselves if the need should arise.
I pointed out to my daughter that the reason why so many survived the Great depression was because they knew how to take care of themselves, that the knowledge skills we were striving to gain had not yet been lost by the masses. I told her that if something like the depression happened now, many people would starve because they were dependent on the current order for their survival.
I also told her that I thought this is a lot of where prepping stems from, not that any certain disaster was imminent(although many do feel that way), but that we are all vulnerable, and that disaster can happen in an instant, with no warning. Look at Japan, and Haiti as examples of that. Prepping is a way that people can feel less powerless, more prepared and in more control of their lives.
She understood this, and I think it made her more comfortable with the concept of what we are trying to do on our homestead. Sure we want to raise healthy food for our family but even more than that we want to weather any crisis that might come our way. We want to be one of those that never has to worry about what might happen.
Prepping Makes Sense for Everyone
I see that a lot of people are making fun of those who prep, with all the increased publicity it has been getting lately this does not surprise me, people tend to make fun of that which disturbs them and the thought of harder times is enough to disturb anyone. But I believe in prepping, I do not think that one has to go overboard with it, and our motto is not survival at all costs, but we do believe is that relying on the government to take care of us is wishful thinking and relying on others that are more prepared than we are is just irresponsible. We also believe that the cost of food and energy is not going to get any better.
My goal is to be able to weather any short term crisis, and to be able to take care of ourselves without any help if need be. We do not believe the goal of self-sufficiency is at odds with this, in fact we feel that both goals meet well in the middle. We also feel that it is irresponsible not to pass this knowledge on to our children, to have it there for those of them that want it. What are the odds that the knowledge we gain and share may save a life in future generations even if it does not save one now?
Every generation that goes by, the odds are more and more in favor that someone we know or love will meet with some sort of disaster so I want my daughter to learn to take care of herself. My other kids are older now, and not as receptive, it makes me sad, but I am happy to know that they will know where to turn if they ever need to.
What are your thoughts about being prepared and how seriously do you take the concept of being ready for a disaster? Leave us a comment to let us know your feelings on this. In the weeks that go by I want to try to do a few articles on prepping, as well as share the things we do.