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Month: August 2017

3 Reasons to Teach Your Children Basic Survival Skills

We live in a world where tomorrow is not a guarantee. As a parent, you should essentially consider yourself a guardian, or more specifically, a guide – like a tourist guide; the world is the jungle, and your children the tourists. Your main task is to show them what to watch out for, what to expect, and how to deal with different situations when they present themselves, and they will. The thing is that the world is more ruthless compared to a jungle or recreational park. You should understand that you won’t always be there for your children; so what will happen then? Life is not fair and it’ll never be, that’s why the following 3 reasons to teach your children basic survival skills.

1. Independence

Let me start by reiterating that as a parent, you won’t always be there for your children; therefore, you should prepare them for those moments. I say “those” moments because it may be more than one time. Perhaps you have an emergency and you are needed somewhere else urgently, so the kids have to be left home alone. They should be able to take care of themselves without any supervision. An extreme example may be if a natural disaster was to occur and your children find themselves separated from you, lost, confused, and alone. They should be able to do something about it, at least until help arrives – if it ever will. There are circumstances where all the help you have is you, and if you can’t take care of yourself, then that’s it for you. Teaching your children basic survival skills like what to eat, how to make shelter, or how to take care of others will help them become more self-sufficient and mature enough to handle whatever the world throws at them. It’ll prepare them for the inevitable unfortunate vicissitudes of life. Moreover, it’ll spare you the worry of wondering whether they’ll be fine without you there.

2. Build Character

In order to be kind, you must first have strength. There are many kind people out there, and I bet you are part of that statistic. What most people don’t realize is that kindness is not a piece of cake. It takes hard work and a high degree of maturity. You can’t be kind if you don’t understand why it’s essential to be kind. Often, it’s easier to be rude and cruel, and that’s why some people are usually very rude, and many people will be rude to you when under stress or pressure. Part of teaching your children survival skills entails teaching them about patience, resilience, boldness, empathy, and taking care of others. You not only teach them these things but also why they matter. With this knowledge and understanding, they’ll become emotionally and spiritually strong, and build character. When the time comes, siblings will comfort each other, friends will offer their shoulders to each other, and when in a catastrophe with strangers, your children will lead the others to safety, sanctuary, and solace.

3. To Pass It On

When you teach your children basic survival skills, it’s not just for them, it’s also for all generations in the future. In a way, you are reaching out to your descendants and showing them you cared enough to provide them with effective methods for surviving in this world. The survival skills your children acquire from you, will be passed on to their children, and their children will pass them on to their children, and the ripple effect will continue.

Please note that survival skills are not just being able to make a fire in the forest, or set up camp; survival skills are skills necessary to survive no matter the situation. Basic survival skills focus on the three human basic needs; food, shelter, and clothing. As long as whatever your children learn from you will enable them to get these three basic needs, no matter their location or situation, they’ll be fine. Furthermore, if delivered well, the process of teaching these survival skills can be fun for all parties involved. For instance, learning to make fire with sticks only can be fun while camping, and teaching about real life disaster situations like hurricanes or tornadoes, and practically showing your children how they should react to them, can be an exciting experience for them. They will learn what matters and at the same time enjoy themselves.

Life has a wheel of fortune with two sides; on one side is the “fortunate” side and on the other the “unfortunate” side. You will never tell which side of the wheel you’ll be facing. Therefore, prepare your children in advance so that regardless of the fact that they’ll have no control over natural disasters and unfortunate events, at least they’ll have a way to cope with the situation and live another day to tell the tale.

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