Here are some tips to help your family transition from a life in the city to a prepper lifestyle.
For couples that have young children, it is possible to move from the rat race in the city to living a different life as preppers in the future.
1. Start working online.
If you are currently tied to a job that keeps you living in the city, do an assessment of the value of your employment in terms of what expenses are covered by your job, so you know exactly how much money you need to be making.
Some things to consider are:
Are you and your partner both working?
Do your job/s offer benefits that you have become dependent on?
One of the ways to make the transition is for at least one of you to look for some kind of work that you can do online from home. It may require some training time, and it would be best to start it part time before you give up a full time job, but the goal would be to transition from a full time job (with no benefits) to a full time job online working from home.
If you work online from home, that means that you can work from anywhere in the world as long as you are able to maintain an Internet connection. You are no longer tied to any particular location and moving to a more remote area is going to be easier.
At the very least, it can help you move to an area that is less expensive and save money for other things.
2. Your kids education.
If you have children, see about using the summer months to get them ahead for the upcoming school year.
For example: if your child just passed the year for Grade 9, use the summer months to have your child start studying Grade 10 material. This will give your child an advantage during the upcoming school year and teach them the mindset of preparing for the challenges to come.
Another thing for you to consider is If official summer school is available so they can pass a full course in 2 months of summer, as that would bring high school graduation one step closer.
Why is it something to consider?
Well for one thing, a child that has an easier time in school is less stressed and allows for the family to focus on other issues (like the transition).
For a second thing, it is a good way to test the waters to see if home schooling is an option for your family, which may be necessary if you have the opportunity to live your prepper lifestyle sooner.
Lastly, many families hold off making the transition to a prepper life until the youngest children graduate high school. This can be an opportunity to get the kids graduating sooner, or at least get as many courses out of the way sooner, so that in their last year or two of high school they would only have half a course load, which gives the family more time to prep the kids for college life and or a prepper way of life.
3. Start a family night.
This is to increase the communication within the family and exploring shared interests. It is not always easy to get kids into prepping, so a family night catering to common interests will at least allow you to see where your common interests exist, and how those interests can be encouraged. Make learning about your new way of life a family project.
Family night might include
playing board games together
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How about a family night using Legos and construction paper to build an underground bunker? Sometimes movies that are not about prepping, but about transitions from city life to country life might also spark some good questions about the transition. With that said, there are many YouTube videos that that you may want to watch with your family (please check for age-appropriate materials before viewing with children).
Not everyone is going to have the exact same interests, so use that to your advantage as a prepper family.
For example: one person may be interested in hunting and trapping, another finds interest in learning about security and ways to keep a homestead safe. Another wants to focus on cooking and preserves, while another might be interested in raising livestock or gardening. There is something for everyone to explore, without making anyone in the family feel they have to do something they are not as interested in. Family night is a good way to explore a variety of interests in a fun way.
There are a lot more things that families can do to help them start their journey to moving out of the rat race of the city and closer to the kind of prepper related lifestyle they want. Use these suggestions as a starting point for your would be prepper family to explore the survivalist movement and lifestyle.
I hope this helps.
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