Six Tips to Introduce Your Children to Preparedness

It’s not always easy to get your family members on board with the preparedness way of life, is it? It’s best if you can get your children interested and enthused about it from an early age.

But how can you do that? Benjamin Ellefson joined me on this week’s DestinySurvival Radio to pass along six tips to introduce your children to preparedness.

Benjamin came to my attention, thanks to a Facebook post by Jim Cobb, who linked to an article Benjamin wrote for The Prepper Journal. The article is 5 Ways to Introduce Your Kids to Preparedness. He added the sixth tip during our DestinySurvival Radio conversation.


The Writer

Before sharing Benjamin’s tips, here’s a little about who he is.


Benjamin Ellefson is an outdoor enthusiast, prepper, and author of the upcoming preparedness themed children’s book The Land Without Color. He grew up in the suburbs of Minnesota spending his summers camping, canoeing, and rock climbing. He got more serious about prepping after the 2008 melt-down.

A father of four, he loves to share the joys of the outdoors with his daughters while teaching them the importance of being prepared. He now enjoys writing preparedness themed novels for children of all ages.


When you learn something new, do you like to share it with others? Benjamin does. He encourages you and me to share what we’ve learned about preparedness with our children, or perhaps our grandchildren.

Of course, if you home school your children, you may be teaching self reliance skills and a preparedness mindset already.

But it’s Benjamin’s observation that teaching children to be prepared doesn’t get talked about much in the preparedness community. Thus, his article.


The Tips

Here’s a sketch of tips in Benjamin’s article and our conversation.


  1. Read survival books – Benjamin prefers books over movies and shares a few of his favorites.
  2. Make a first aid kit – There’s a practical reason for this, as opposed to putting a bug out bag together.
  3. Cooking together – This raises awareness of the need for lists of ingredients to complete recipes. Work with fresh ingredients first, then deal with storage food later.
  4. Go on a camping trip – Introduce children to wilderness survival, and help them determine what’s needed to live without the conveniences of home.
  5. Get involved in Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts – Scouting is a great way to make new friends and learn preparedness skills.
  6. Build a campfire – This is an essential skill to learn, and it can be a lot of fun.


The bottom line? Get the whole family involved in hands-on preparedness activities. Inspire your children. They’ll be more receptive to learning new skills. Help them build self confidence.


The Stories

The Land Without Color is a children’s book to be released later this year. The plan is for it to be the first of a modern fairy tale trilogy. After reading the review copy Benjamin graciously sent me, I can assure you the book is a fun, easy read. It’s imaginative, wholesome entertainment–the way children’s stories used to be.

Twelve-year-old Alvin finds himself magically transported to a strange land, drained of color. While the story isn’t specifically about prepping, Alvin would have been lost without his survival knife and the help of a squirrel who practices caching. Alvin and his friends discover truths we would all do well to understand and live by.

Benjamin believes story telling–including the telling of parables–is a great way to engage people and teach them in a way that’s inviting, not preachy. The Land Without Color is a good example of that.


The Conversation

Benjamin said much more than I can share in this post. So I invite you to hear my conversation with him by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for September 17, 2015. (Right click to download.) Check out Benjamin’s site at Get your copy of The Land Without Color by clicking on its title wherever you see it linked in this post.

Have you thought of writing an engaging story to get kids interested in preparedness? If so, you’ll want to hear Benjamin’s advice for aspiring authors.

If writing a story isn’t your thing, what suggestions would you give to families for bringing their children along into the preparedness way of life? Feel free to leave a comment below and share your nugget of wisdom with those who could use it.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.