Have you ever met, or are you, someone who grew up during the Great Depression? Did you happen to notice their personal habits? Do they tend to be more frugal? Less willing to waste anything? Do they hesitate to throw things away because they might need them someday?
How about people who grew up in the Cold War and Viet-Nam War? Have you noticed any particular traits that could be attributed to their experiences practicing for nuclear blasts? This is where they split into two camps. The first being people who say to live for the moment. “Life is short, live now” is one of their frequent sayings. They advise you should enjoy life while you can because you don’t know how long you will live. They focus more on themselves than did previous generations. The other camp says to be prepared for anything because you never know what will happen.
Both generations raised children. Consider comments made by people who grew up in the Cold War. It affected them deeply. Hiding under desks during drills, worrying about the Russians attacking us in our homes, and a plethora of war movies in theaters and on the television were effective in further making people afraid of war. Eight year old children being taught to get water from the toilet tank drove home the idea that people were not going to have enough food and water after an explosion. Some children bore a fear they would not survive to adulthood. For many children, it gave children a sense of being powerless to control their lives. And, in many cases, why try? We were all going to die anyway, right? Indeed, some researchers claim growing up in these situations led to the self-centered generations of hippies, LSD and generations X and Y.
So what does all this have to do with prepping today? Simple. It says be careful about the message you send your children. At what age should they experience loss of a life not yet lived? It begs asking the question, “Do you always have to talk about impending doom when talking about prepping?” Make sure your children are old enough to understand. Make sure your children know why you prepare. They should not feel like they prepare out of some fear of this or that. It should be because being prepared is the wise thing to do. Being prepared should be part of a well balanced lifestyle that includes age appropriate activities such as scouting, soccer and ball games. There should be family fun and community activities. It should reinforce that preppers don’t prep out of fear or to avoid fear, they prep because history demonstrates being prepared is wise.