For those that don’t know, I am due to give birth to a girl in mid-July of 2016. This is our first child.
I have many aspirations for my daughter. I don’t want to be unrealistic and push her into things that she doesn’t want to do because I know she’ll have her own interests and own personality and I want to be able to nurture those interests and personality to the best of our ability.
However, I feel there will definitely be a few things that I will need her to pay attention to and really learn when it comes to preparedness.
I hope to make it fun. I don’t want prepping to be this daunting task for her, I want it to be something that is just apart of her life. I think that’ll be an easy accomplishment if we start her off from the get-go. Teaching her our plans, teaching her about survival, teaching her about being prepared. I just want her to know that prepping is just apart of life, she shouldn’t know any different.
I want to teach her the importance of self-defense. I would love to be able to get her into MMA or some sort of realistic self-defense. But in addition to that, I want her to have self-awareness and know when to listen to her intuition. I want her to know how to use pepper spray and I want her to carry it at all times. I don’t ever want her to be taken advantage of.
I want her to know where her food comes from. I want to go fishing and hunting a lot more often and have her clearly understand where her food comes from. I see so many great parents taking their kids out on fishing and hunting trips and they are just in love with it.
I don’t want to her live in constant fear. My big hope is that even though I want her to understand that being prepared for bad things happening is important, I want her to still live her life to the fullest. I want her to enjoy the life that she has and I don’t want her living in constant fear of the bag things happening. But, I want her to be aware, for sure.
I want her to know the value of knowledge. I love gear, but I want her to know how to build a fire, how to make shelter out of nature, how to navigate land with a compass, how to have these basic skills and knowledge that could save her life one day. I don’t want her to be totally reliant on technology, to a degree of course. I don’t mind that she’ll have a phone and will use GPS, I just want her to have basic survival knowledge, something that I guarantee her friends won’t have.
Of course I’ll also want to teach her gun safety and learning how to shoot a bow, etc.
I am optimistic about being able to teach her about preparedness and survival. I want her to even teach me a few things! This may sound very ambitions to a lot of people, especially with this being my first child, but I feel as if this is a task that I am more than willing to tackle. I know it’ll be 2-4 years before she’s really able to comprehend all this stuff, but I’m excited to be able to raise her with a victim-less mindset.
If all else fails, I just want to teach her to be a strong, independent person who isn’t afraid to be who she wants to be.
Morgan is the founder of 'Rogue Preparedness' (formerly 'Armed Rogue'). She has been a prepper for about a decade. She is constantly mastering new skills and techniques and then passing on that knowledge. It is her hope to reach as many people as possible to help them get prepared for emergencies and disasters.