Years ago, when I was a single mom, I had to arrive at my corporate job early in the morning. I would drop my kids off at my mother’s house and she would feed them breakfast and take them to school. I am so grateful for her help.
After a time there was one thing that began to bother me, in fact, it really nagged at my conscience and drove me crazy. Looking back I can say it was the catalyst for my preparedness lifestyle.
It’s this: because I took the kids to my mom’s early in the morning while they were still in their pj’s if one of them were lost or taken after school I would not be able to give a description of what they were wearing to the police.
A simple solution would have been to dress them before I left, but when you’re a single mom you make things as easy on yourself as possible and fighting with small kids to get dressed at 6 am wasn’t my reality.
Eventually, I decided to start my own bookkeeping business and it gave me the freedom to take the kids to school myself before I left for the office. Self-reliance was a necessity for my sanity.
Now being prepared is a big part of my life and I write about all aspects of it. You could say that for over 20 years I have been taking small steps every day toward my goal of having an area of safety around my family. It’s my buffer from the craziness of the world.
Preparedness is about making a plan. Actually, it’s a series of plans about all kinds of things.
- Where will the family meet if there is a major emergency?
- Who is our out of town contact if the family is separated?
- Have we worked on a fire drill and practiced leaving out house safely?
- Does everyone know how to use a fire extinguisher?
- Where is the 72-hour kit located in the house?
- What, they kits aren’t finished yet!
I know, it gets to be overwhelming if you try to do it all at once. Do you want to be confident and secure like me? I thought so! Use these posts on the PreparednessMama website to begin your preparedness lifestyle transformation.