No Rest for the Wicked: Tasks for Kids Over the Holiday Break
I find myself taking on more responsibility around the house than
I really should, especially with kids who are 10 and 12 years old.
Now that most kids around the country will soon be on holiday break,
or Christmas break, if your school is politically incorrect, theres
no reason for they cant jump in and help with your preparedness
efforts. After all, within just 2 or 3 days, theyll be whining,
Im bored! Here are a few tasks that will keep
them busy and build a sense of teamwork and shared responsibility
in your home.
- Put them
in charge of organizing your pantry and food
storage areas. If you have boxes of #10 cans from one of the
many food storage companies out there, such as Shelf Reliance,
they can easily write a list on the outside of the box telling
- Assign them
the duty of rotating groups of food by bringing the back cans
to the front.
Along the same lines, hand them black Sharpies and tell them to
circle the expiration dates on food and other supplies.
- Older kids
can find new recipes that use only foods in your pantry and prepare
them for meals.
- Kids of
all ages can go through their closets, drawers, and pile of shoes
and look for items that are too small or that they dont
like. Decluttering is a huge step in being better prepared, and
why should you do all the work?
- Have each
kid prepare their own Bug Out Bag. They can use this list and
get your approval before actually packing the duffel bag, backpack,
or other satchel.
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