As a prepper, getting your kids involved in preparing for an emergency is tough. It involves tact and patience. For example, when they are infant children, they may not be of any help because, at that stage, they pose a security risk. They need to be watched, they are loud, they are highly vulnerable, and you need to do all the planning on their behalf. But, if they are older, you will have better power and strength because they are mobile and can perform helpful tasks.

You need to help your children develop prepping habits that will last them for a lifetime. These prepping activities can be fun and enjoyable if you make them a natural part of their everyday life. We are not talking about strenuous everyday drilling exercises; we are talking about teaching them to be always ready. They will find a lot of joy and security in knowing that they can defend themselves in any situation.

Zero to One Year Old

Infants are the most challenging kind of children to prep with. Even though prepping with infants may be tough, this is what we recommend.

Food

When it comes to having food ready for your infants, it’s safe to say that breast milk is the best option. If you are a lactating mother, you need to pack meals that you will eat, especially calorie-wise. You should have all the extra calories in your diet, and you need to eat much more than an active male prepper.

This way, you can produce food for yourself and your infant. If there is a situation where the mother of the child may be available but unable to breastfeed because of health, situation or choice, you need to get some baby formula.

Other activities

One to Three years

At this age, your children become toddlers, and it is easier to prep with them.

Food

As a prepper, you need to wean your child off breast milk and formula once they are about one year old. Start feeding them finely minced or pureed solid foods as soon as practicable. This way, you don’t have to stock up on expensive baby food.

Other activities

Three to Ten Years

This is the right age to start introducing your child to prepper and survival training. Kids at this age are more willing to learn. You can teach them these survival skills methodically and slowly.

Ten to Twelve

At this age, your child can function as a full-fledged member of the team. They can function independently and should be able to help themselves in a survival situation.

Thirteen to Nineteen

From a prepping standpoint, these are functioning adults that should handle any survival situation. They are regarded as adults when it comes to manpower needs, but you still need to treat them as teenagers because they are not adults emotionally.

Prepping for emergencies and bug-outs can be tough on even adults. So expect your kids to take some time to get the hang of things. What’s most important, is that they show up and learn something new with every practice session.

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