Building Confidence in the Age of Terror and Crime
Guest post by Granny O., Michigan
How to Build Confidence in the Age of Terror and Crime
How confident are you that your family is ready to survive in this Age of Terror and Crime? As my previous posts have emphasized Kid-Size Situational Awareness and Granny’s Games for Prepper Kids, our children need to be taught alertness skills so they notice when something unusual is going down. Think about that recent stabbing attack in a Minnesota mall. If your teen had been there with friends, would they have noticed and taken evasive action or would they have been a victim?
How about you? What would you have done if you heard a shout that a man was stabbing people? Would you run? Would you try to hide? If you had been alert you would have noticed the exits when you came in and even seen some hiding places. You don’t have to be obsessive about it. If you’re alert it becomes second nature to always check our your environment.
Or what if you were out walking and caught in a mob protest that was becoming violent? Bottles being thrown, police in riot gear, crowds pushing you off the sidewalk. Have you determined what you should do?
No one wants to frighten their children but we’re now living through a vicious time of terror, threats, and danger that can happen to anyone. An innocent trip to a mall doesn’t seem such a good idea any more, does it? Should we just hunker down in our homes, afraid to venture out after dark? Sad to say, that may become the answer but for now I think it’s important that every family has a plan to confront the evil that exists in the world.
What Can We Do?
There are several things that you need to start now:
- Have a discussion with your family. If there are young children, I wouldn’t include them but pre-teens and teens need to be made aware of danger. Just as you teach them about poisonous snakes and spiders, you need to teach them about evil people. It’s important that they don’t come to believe that all people are evil but since some are, we can’t avoid this discussion.
- Once again, teach situational awareness. Go through the exercises listed in my posts and include yourself. You must recognize potential threats before they happen.
- Beginning with yourself, learn some self-defense skills. Better yet, do this as a family activity. It’s not only preparation for those attacks that happen upclose but it’s good physical exercise and a fun activity for the whole family.
- You have to make the decision if you want armed defense which consists of knowing how to use weapons in an effective manner. Remember, not all weapons are guns. They may be ordinary tools you can find in your own home. Make sure your children know about these.
- Above all, don’t become so consumed with the horrible news that you lose heart. Your children deserve to know that you’re confident, happy, and in control.
- Your goal is to build confidence in this age of terror and crime, not to stop enjoying life.