Sometimes getting your family to be apart of your prepping activities can be more difficult than acquiring your actual preps! It means a great deal to have the support of your family in this regard, but not everyone is easily brought around to the prepping mindset. “Millennials” in particular have proven to be hard to bring around, as the prepping ideals of self-sufficiency and redundancy in a non-electrical world don’t fit in a largely entertainment and technology driven modern lifestyle. That said, there are some among that generation (including myself!) who have been brought around, and I wanted to share some tips to assist you in helping to guide non-preppers in your family into a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
Before trying subterfuge, be honest and open about it!
I’ve often heard from preppers that they’ve barely discussed the idea of preparing for future disasters, even mundane ones like tornadoes or hurricanes, with their husband/wife and children. They just assume that their other family members will have no interest in the matter and start working out how they can prepare behind the scenes without attracting attention. Frankly, this does a major disservice to your family and does little to foster the trust that would be vital during an emergency situation.
Obviously there are some situations where you will be able to infer that some members of the family are 100% closed to the idea of preparing, but generally speaking things will go easier if you at least offer to bring them into this part of your life. You just might be surprised to find that your video-game obsessed teenager thinks that learning how to use a pocket knife properly is awesome or that your wife might find it fun (or tasty!) to introduce more beans and rice into the family diet.
Focus on practical concerns rather than future collapse or societal destruction.
For those who are already prepping, it is easier to start sorting out what you think is likely and what you’ll prepare for, but when trying to talk to those who aren’t you’ll want a different approach. Our modern life is designed very carefully by psychology and marketing professionals to focus on the immediate and immediately obvious, preferably with a strong emotional attachment involved. As such, it can be easier to…Continue reading This Article at Prepared For That: Getting Your Family Interested in Prepping: Some Advice From a “Millennial”