Living off the grid is a challenge, especially if you’re not set up with alternate sources of power. It’s a different lifestyle and one that kids may find difficult. It may very well become a necessity though, and if SHTF, your kids need to know how to survive without all of the modern niceties. For that matter, prepping with kids for off-grid survival is a great way to teach them independence and respect for the Earth that so many kids today are lacking.
If SHTF, the entire family needs to be able to work together to get things done so it’s imperative that you prep your kids for off-grid survival. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Start Young if You Can
First, your kids need to be involved from an early age. Teach them the ideals and values that accompany living off the grid. Whether you’re living in the country and pursuing a lifestyle completely independent of external resources or you’re living a sustainable lifestyle in the city where you can’t really go off the grid, involve your kids.
Your kids can’t be expected to learn how your solar panels work or how to make bio-diesel when they’re little but they can certainly learn how to take care of the chickens, gather eggs and perform other small but necessary tasks. Starting small when they’re young has several advantages.
First, it builds self-esteem and gives them a stake in your lifestyle. They have a role to play and are essential to your family. Also, they’re learning from the ground up how to live off the grid, or sustainably. Baby steps lead to competence in many areas. Finally, it teaches them the value of the lifestyle and keeps them close to the land. They’ll already be in survival mode and it will be totally natural to them.