Decide How to Approach Preparedness with Your Particular Children (#28)
If you have children, you will want to think through how you are going to handle these topics with them, especially if doing things like this is a big departure from what is normal in your home.
Explaining a pantry is easy. You build up a pantry so you don’t have to go to the store as often and so you don’t forget to have the things your family likes and uses right there in the house. Or you can say that you learned some tricks for saving money online so you are buying more of certain things at certain times to do so.
If your children are a little older and/or more prone to anxiously asking the reason for everything, then you might want to have a solid answer before you start stashing water and such.
My philosophy is you give them an honest answer, but only enough information that is absolutely necessary. For example, an explanation of water might be something like:
“A friend mentioned that they lost their water for three days when their water main broke. I thought about what a pain that would be if it happened to us so I decided to buy some water and keep it on hand just in case.”
This is completely true (because our water main did break) and enough to satisfy most kids as long as you deliver it in a matter of fact way.
I really do think this is key: Being matter of fact. If you deliver the information in the same way you would inform them that you bought hot dogs or so and so called and left a message, most kids won’t think twice about it.
It’s when they can read uncertainty in your eyes or you give an evasive answer that they wonder what you are hiding.
When you get to the point of expanding your pantry and venturing into more preparedness, then you might have to rethink how to approach it. I'll suggest two ideas in the next steps.
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