die if he couldn’t go faster. I called her into the bedroom and asked what game they were playing. “We are playing Doom’s Day Prepper’s, Mom. We want to be good prepper’s so we don’t die.” My heart sank. While channel surfing the other night my husband stopped on a National Geographic’s new show Doom’s Day Prepper’s. Basically they interview people who are getting ready for catastrophic events
such as a gas shortage, large environmental changes or the end of the world as we know it. We only watched it for a short time, just enough to sink into my daughter’s precious brain.
I told her I didn’t want her to play that game so she went back into the kitchen and told my son that the game was over for today but that someday it might be real. She told him that in the event of a gas shortage that people will try to kill us for food and that he might have to go hunting with my husband to shoot deer, squirrel or rabbits for food. My son became upset about this and came into the bedroom. He wasn’t concerned about people trying to kill us for our food, he was upset about the possibility of hunting squirrels because he’s afraid of them and he thinks they may come after him. I told him that he didn’t need to worry, that nothing bad was going to happen and that he wouldn’t have to hunt squirrels.
My daughter told me that I shouldn’t lie to him. “You don’t know that Mom, just because you don’t want something bad to happen doesn’t mean it won’t.” I was speechless and I couldn’t believe I was having this conversation with my kids at the ages of 8 and 5. When I was a kid I remember sleepless nights lying in bed terrified that a nuclear bomb would go off and kill
everyone. I worried about it all the time. I promised myself that if I ever had kids that I would make sure they never had to worry about anything. So up until
now it’s been unicorns, rainbows and fairies.
But thanks to the Discovery Channel, everything feels tainted now, they know they are not invincible and that the world can be a big, bad, frightening place. I asked my daughter what I could do so she wouldn’t worry; I want her to feel safe. She said if I started stockpiling food and water that she would feel better. So that’s what I will do – anything to make my kids feel safe.
Are you prepping for a disaster? Have you had this conversation with your kids? Let me know your thoughts on the subject.