Category Archives: Prepping Kids

USA Prepares Interview from January 31st

 

RankingHad a phenomenal interview with Vincent Finelli of USAPrepares.com on January 31st.  Broadcast on nearly a dozen stations worldwide, we ended up ranking #12 out of 100 (Glenn Beck was number 2 – so we’re doing pretty well)!

Topics discussed ranged from emergency preparation of children and steps parents should teach them to dealing with emergencies when they are away from home.

You can download and access the show archive here.

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Review from PrepperDays.com!

Thanks to Prepper Days for a great review and recommendation!

prepperheader“Kermit helps children understand the importance of making sure that they and their families have back up plans just in case there is ever a natural disaster or other problem. As someone who has children in their prepping community, I think this book is a great tool to help the younger children relate to and make them feel that they too can play a role in their families survival. As a learning tool this book opens up dialog that can engage children and help them use creative thinking to see what they can think of in order to help keep their family safe, and opens up being able to talk to their children about gun safety and proper handling. The book talks about keeping the family safe from bad guys, which allows parents to establish who the children can and can not trust. I believe Prepper Pete & Friends will make a great impact on the prepping community and that every family should own a copy or two of these great books.

See the original here!

– Prepper Days

Review by Prepography.com

“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 Prepography.com

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!
Kermit

Why the Book (Prepper Pete Prepares)?

Today I’ll begin a series of posts that stemmed from an interview on USA Prepares with Vincent Finelli.  I’m grateful to Vincent for allowing me the opportunity to teach the class some ideas, and it ended up being quite successful!

The bottom line is that I think people should be better prepared, and I’m not simply talking about Doomsday.

People often joke when they find out I’m a Prepper and say something like, “Oh, you’re one of those?”  or “So you’re preparing for the end of the world, eh?”

Now, we’ve all heard the phrase TEOTW (The End of the World), and there is one that is very similar, TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It).  I think that it’s important to differentiate between the two.  As a prepper, I’m not preparing for TEOTW; however, I am preparing for TEOTWAWKI.

“Why?” you may ask.  Simple. “The only thing constant in life… is change.”

I firmly believe people should be prepared simply for the unexpected. And, might I add (with a twinkle in my eye), even the government makes the same recommendation! If you don’t think being ready is a good idea, ask anyone who has recently experienced the upheaval of a natural disaster.  Tsunami’s in various parts of the world, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.  Even the recent glitch to the EBT system proved dangerous.

When people ask, “Why do you prep?” I simply respond, “Why do you not? I mean, you have car insurance, health insurance, dental insurance, home insurance, personal property insurance, and fire insurance… but how many of those will actually put food in your mouth if the fragile and complex ‘system’ has a glitch like weather, fuel shortages, stock market problems, etc.?”

Prepping is “unexpected insurance” of the most important kind.

Yet it’s important to realize that prepping doesn’t happen in a vacuum… it affects people around you. Your friends, your spouse, your kids.

Especially your kids.

Kids are different. You can’t just throw something at them like “preparing for disaster” and expect them to simply “get it.”

Kids (children, if you prefer) can’t always differentiate possibilities and actualities, and you might end up giving them nightmares.   I firmly believe parents should let them have a childhood as much as possible. Protect them from as much as you can – not to say you should shelter them a la Blast from the Past – but help keep their innocence.

So I wanted do something that helps kids understand what prepping is about. I wanted to help answer the questions. “Why do we do this?” “Why do we have extra food in the closet/basement?” “Why do we keep it somewhat secretive?” “Why do we learn all these awesome skills like gardening, canning, firemaking, hunting, etc.?”

One guy that stumbled across a description of the book made a post “Prepping kids for… Prepping?” – Bingo! That’s exactly what I wanted to do when I set out to write Prepper Pete Prepares. I simply wanted to provide a launching point for parents to use to introduce their children to the idea of prepping.

So… what are you waiting for?

Keep preppin’!

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.