You may not want to imagine your children being in a situation where they have to fend for themselves, but such emergencies may occur when you least expect it.
It is not just in the wilderness that children can get lost, and keeping them out of the woods will not ensure their safety. But teaching them how to survive in different places and situations can.
Your children may already know how to swim, tie knots, build a fire, find water and some other useful outdoor survival skills, but have they been taught the following?
1. Know Your Surroundings
Even very young children should be drilled with personal details which include their name, their parents’ names, the street and city where they live (and their country of origin and the name of the hotel, if they are travelling abroad). If you make it into a sing-song game, even children as young as 2 or 2 1/2 can repeat it. Emergency phone numbers can be taught likewise to a slightly older child.
Whether you are out camping, or travelling around the country, it pays to teach your children to be aware of where they are. Many children today are so immersed in their hand-held devices that they hardly ever look out of the car window. Knowing things like how many blocks you are away from a shopping center, in which direction your hotel is, or where various landmarks are can be helpful in finding one’s way back. Never underestimate the ability of even the smallest child to remember such information.