Dear Fellow Survivalist;
Some time back, I talked to you about the need to develop your situational awareness. More than anything, that is keeping your head on a swivel, so that you see what is going on around you. This increases your chances of avoiding or being surprised by problems, by giving you the opportunity to see potential threats before they manifest. The few seconds this can save you, can be the difference between life and death.
That’s good for you, especially since you are (I’m assuming here) going around armed. But what about the rest of your family? When you’re with them, you’re there to protect them. But when you can’t be with them; what then? How can they protect themselves, especially if they are unarmed?
Assuming they can’t carry concealed (kids especially can’t), they have to rely on other means of defense. More than anything, that means they have to avoid any potential dangerous situation. In other words, they have to know how to spot potential problems and be able to develop a plan to be able to avoid them, even while others are oblivious to what’s going on. In other words, they need to develop the same situational awareness that you have.
Actually, they need more than just situational awareness; they also need the ability to develop and execute an escape plan. But of the two, situational awareness is harder to teach. So, just how do you teach your children, who are notoriously short-sighted, to have situational awareness?
Like anything else that you want children to remember, you’re best teaching method is to make a game out of it. Children naturally learn by playing, so when you can incorporate play into what you are teaching them, you can get them to pay better attention to what it is you are doing which helps them to learn better and remember the lessons.
So, here are a few ideas you can use for teaching your children situational awareness:
I hope you can see that the basic idea of what I’m doing here is getting them to look and actually see things that most of us miss. In doing this, they will be increasing heir awareness of what’s going on around them, which is the most essential ingredient to situational awareness. Make the games gradually harder over time, challenging their ability.
It’s even easier to work on helping them to develop escape plans and can be done anytime. Wherever you are, tell them a brief scenario, such as whether they are criminals, or terrorists, whether there is shooting, how many bad guys there are, where they are and what they are doing. Then ask them to come up with an escape plan immediately, telling it to you as they think of it.
Each of these plans should be analyzed as they are presented, looking for holes in the plan and ways of improving it. Each new lesson will help them, so that the next time, their plan should be better.
Since your kids can’t keep their powder dry, you be sure to do it for them, and as always, keep your survival gear close at hand.