Category Archives: Parental Prepping

Interview with Doc Bones & Nurse Amy – Doom & Bloom’s Survival Medicine Hour

DoomAndBloomIf you’ve picked up a Survival magazine, heard a podcast, or been to a Prepper/Self-Reliance Expo of late, you’ve no doubt run across articles and information on Survival Medicine from “Doc Bones & Nurse Amy” of  I had the privilege of being interviewed by them during their Survival Medicine Hour this past week.

Talk about an awesome time!  With a show designed to equip everyone from soccer-moms to hardcore preppers, we covered a lot of ground as we discussed “parental prepping” and each Prepper Book, in turn.

Key Point: You don’t have to scare your kids to prepare!

You can listen in to the episode right here!

Disaster Survival Network – Interview by James

I just haDSNs the honor and pleasure of an interview by James of Disaster Survival Network! If you want to hear about some background, my “why moment” for Prepper Pete, and a great discussion on teaching children all about Prepping… tune in for a bit!

As James echoes, “the importance of teaching our children from a young age about Prepping can not be stressed enough.  If we teach our children from a young age it becomes a lifestyle for them and is nothing ‘strange’ or new.”

You can listen to the podcast by clicking here!


Review by

“The books are well written and beautifully illustrated… presents a concise argument for the reasons to prep and follows that up with simple, concrete steps to become better prepared… Bottom line, I liked the book but think it’s content… would serve as a nice introduction to preparedness… I can think of a few adults I should share this with as well.”
– Andrew Jackson of

Another great review, though the writer is clear on his concerns with age appropriateness and maturity levels of the kids. He is clear that he thinks the topic is for older children (12+), although he recognizes it depends on both the parent and the child.

Thank you, Andrew!

Want to see more reviews? Check them out here!

Keep prepping!

Prepping with Kids: Don’t Scare – Prepare!

Prepping makes complete sense – to those who prepare. But we all know the blank stares, looks of confusion, and even snickers that sometimes come when we try to explain our reasons to others.

I mean, how do explain the obvious, right?

But even if your in-laws, out-laws, friends or family, just don’t “get it” – you can’t escape the need to prepare those who literally depend on you – your children.

If you’ve seen shows like “Doomsday Preppers” – then you’ve got a pretty nifty list of what NOT to do. Going through a dry-run with you kids can be a great way to bond, but sometimes “how” you do something is just as important (if not more so) than “what” you do. In fact, you can teach a lot of skills to your kids without ever mentioning the end of the world, zombies, or even disasters.

For example, I wanted to show my kids how to make a fire with a magnesium fire starter (with the flint down the side). Now, I could have said, “Okay, daddy’s gonna show you how to use this because one day your life may depend on it, and if you can’t figure it out, you’re gonna freeze to death or be eaten by wild animals in the pitch black of night!”

Sure, that would have gotten the point across, but is it really necessary!?

Instead, I took a slightly different approach: “Hey, how would you like to learn to make fire without using matches or a lighter!?” Oooooh… a little excitement combined with a fun challenge.

“And we’ll even make s’mores with it!” Instant sell.

During the process, we were still able to discuss types of tinder, kindling, fire-building philosophies and the like. Because it was tied to something emotionally important to them (yes, the s’mores), they not only remember, but they want to do it again in the near future!

Next time, however, we’ll try a different tool, and they are learning to be prepared… without being scared.

An Introduction to Prepping for Kids

I’ve been asked several times of late to explain a bit about my new children’s book, Prepper Pete Prepares: An Introduction to Prepping for Kids.

I think it makes sense if I start at the beginning.  I was working on a fictional Prepper novel, and one of the characters has young children.  As he’s trekking through the woods on foot, I asked myself, “how do you prepare children for something like this?”  I have four young daughters, myself, so that naturally led to, “how would I explain this to my own children?”

I had seen a few episodes of the show, Doomsday Preppers, and all I knew was that THAT was NOT how I wanted it to go down!  I mean, sure, I want them to know that it’s good to be prepared, but scaring them into a gas mask or “going underground” out of fear isn’t what I think we, as Preppers (or parents, for that matter!), should be doing.  I’d rather teach them critical thinking skills that can be applied to both “prepping times” as well as “normal life.” It’s a two-for-one deal!

I started looking for Prepper books for children, and guess what… there are none!  Zilch. Nada. Zero.  I was rather shocked.  Sure there are one or two for families with children, but they are targeted at adults.  I decided I wanted to do something about that!

As for Prepper Pete Prepares: An Introduction to Prepping for Kids – I think the title pretty much says it all!  It’s designed to introduce the idea of “prepping” to kids in a non-threatening way.  A lot of people prep for a lot of different reasons, and this book covers a handful of “the big ones” (reasons to prepare).  I tried to find a balance that both Preppers and non-preppers could find common ground with.

Prepper Pete is an ant who decides he needs to be better prepared, and he starts prepping for a variety of reasons.  He stores extra food, learns useful skills like growing a garden and collecting water, and he starts using equipment that doesn’t require electricity… just in case.  He also buys a gun and ammunition for hunting and defense, takes a gun safety course, practices often (hey, I didn’t say it’d be popular with everyone!), and he tucks his kids in at night assuring them that they can sleep better because they are prepared.

What’s the message? Well, first, I think that being prepared is a fabulous idea.  Prepper Pete covers natural disasters, economic collapse, solar flares, and the like!  But I also believe the message doesn’t have to be scary.  In fact, Prepper Pete’s signature quote is that he tells his kids, “Some people prepare because they are afraid.  Our family doesn’t have to be afraid… because we are prepared!”

And I think that’s the heart of it… everyone should prepare for the right reason, and they should realize that it’s a mindset as much as anything else.  And they should equip their kids with useful skills, critical thinking, and resourcefulness.