5 Skills Your Child Should Master

One part of the prepper lifestyle that often goes overlooked is the importance of making sure everyone in your family is ready. That goes beyond just making sure everyone knows the evacuation plan. Even children should be ready to handle a variety of situations. As important as it is to stock up on food and learn to live off the land, it may even be more important to teach your child how to deal with the everyday threats that can turn into tragedy.

Staying Calm
This is one of the hardest things for anyone to learn, but it’s especially difficult for children. It doesn’t stop being a problem as the teenage years approach, either. The rush of hormones that come with puberty can make it even more challenging to maintain control. This is an essential skill for every child to master, and make no mistake about it: it is a skill. If you talk about it with your child, you can give them self-talk they can use to keep their composure even when those powerful emotions come surging to the surface.

Awareness
This is the short attention span generation. These kids grow up with computers all around them, and they have learned to view boredom as unendurable. Teach your child to leave the phone alone once in a while and just be present in the moment. This is not just to help them understand their surroundings, either. By training them to endure that beast called boredom, you’ll be giving them a skill they can use to blow past their unfocused peers.

First Aid
Our society is woefully underprepared when it comes to first aid. If you haven’t developed your own first aid skills, now is the time to change that. If you have, it’s time to pass that knowledge on to your children. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, sign them up for classes on CPR or enlist them in an organization like the Boy Scouts where those skills are taught.

How to Use and Respect Firearms
Clearly, you shouldn’t introduce your children to firearms until you are sure they are mature enough. At the same time, if you are going to have guns in the house, it’s better to err on the side of caution. And caution does not mean – as many think – keeping your kids as far away from guns as possible. You want to drill them on safety, drill them on use, and teach them to respect these tools as the deadly weapons that they are. Knowledge is a powerful security blanket.

How to Cook
Here’s another skill that will help your child grow into a responsible, self-reliant adult. It’s embarrassing to get to college and still not know how to prepare anything more complicated than a bowl of cereal. Teach your child the cooking basics, with and without the use of electricity.

Self-Defense
School can be dangerous for a child, especially if they are prone to being bullied. It’s probably overblown to worry about a mass shooting, but fights happen everyday in every town’s public schools. Does your child know how to diffuse a violent situation? Does he know when to run and when to stand up for himself? Does he have the skills needed to survive a fight? Don’t wait until it’s too late to teach your child these essential self-defense skills.