Episode-1291- Kermit Jones author of “Prepper Pete Prepares”

Prepper Pete Teaches Kids about Preparedness.

Prepper Pete Teaches Kids about Preparedness.

Join me for a conversation with Kermit Jones about Prepping with Kids: Don’t Scare – Prepare!  Kermit is the author of a new children’s book series based on the character “Prepper Pete” who is the star character of Kermit’s first book, “Prepper Pete Prepares“.

Prepping makes complete sense – to those who prepare. But we all know the blank stares, looks of confusion, and even snickers that sometimes come when we try to explain our reasons to others.

I mean, how do explain the obvious, right?

But even if your in-laws, out-laws, friends or family, just don’t “get it” – you can’t escape the need to prepare those who literally depend on you – your children.

If you’ve seen shows like “Doomsday Preppers” – then you’ve got a pretty nifty list of what NOT to do. Going through a dry-run with you kids can be a great way to bond, but sometimes “how” you do something is just as important (if not more so) than “what” you do. In fact, you can teach a lot of skills to your kids without ever mentioning the end of the world, zombies, or even disasters.

For example, Kermit wanted to show his kids how to make a fire with a magnesium fire starter (with the flint down the side). Now, he could have said, “Okay, daddy’s gonna show you how to use this because one day your life may depend on it, and if you can’t figure it out, you’re gonna freeze to death or be eaten by wild animals in the pitch black of night!”

Sure, that would have gotten the point across, but is it really necessary!?

Instead, his approach took a slightly different approach: “Hey, how would you like to learn to make fire without using matches or a lighter!?” Oooooh… a little excitement combined with a fun challenge.

“And we’ll even make s’mores with it!” Instant sell.

During the process, they were still able to discuss types of tinder, kindling, fire-building philosophies and the like. Because it was tied to something emotionally important to them (yes, the s’mores), this way kids not only remember, but they want to do it again in the near future!

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8 Responses to Episode-1291- Kermit Jones author of “Prepper Pete Prepares”

  1. One of co-worker’s wives likes “Themed” Birthday parties, so this year was camping. So I showed up with my flint, and vaseline soaked cotton batten balls and demonstrated fire starting. We also taught simple knots. And the kicker!, it was a girls birthday party (all eight year olds). They were all keen and participated…until the cake came out…

  2. Oh man this is going to be great! I’ve been working on a prepping kid’s book as well for a year now and have a few questions going on in my mind. I was struggling to share prepping stories for my toddler and kept looking for some way to give him stories about self reliance but there weren’t any-not for his age at least. There definitely is a vacuum for prepping books for kids. Look forward to hearing about Mr. Jones.

  3. Jack, Kermit,

    Thanks for a the great interview.

    Here is the link to Gen. Russel L. Honore’s book in Amazon:

    Survival: How a Culture of Preparedness Can Save You and Your Family from Disasters
    http://www.amazon.com/Survival-Culture-Preparedness-Family-Disasters/dp/1416599002/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1391122349&sr=8-3&keywords=Russel+L.+Honor%C3%A9

  4. Michael Jordan,beewhispererwyosurvival

    hey I really enjoyed the show I’ll be looking forward to getting some of these books teaching be keeping the kids all over the world I’ve learned that sometimes you gotta ask them 2 grade you so that way you can see how they see how you teach them that way you know how to change to make them understand your teachings better one thing is to make things fun I went to my retreat retreat water was frozen instead of panicking and going home we made it a game in the kids make snowballs that I melted so we could put water in the toilet to flush the little things like that in games can make a survival response more than entertaining gesture in something that would be catastrophic I really enjoyed the show and hopefully more people get their kids involved we’re in fire drills at our house it’s not real nice when mom is mad at 2 o’clock in the morning standing out in the snow for fire drill at certain things showing with the fire extinguisher is running little drills like that may not only save your lies to get your kids aware that there’s other homes in other locations and then seeing those drills ran it’s cool that they’re important to know if corporate them in their lives you guys have a blessed day

  5. TP psyops. lol.

    Great show.

  6. I have seen what you two were talking about first hand. In my earily 20′s I lived with my best frends family. They had a 3 year old little girl. She was a mess. Her mother had some issues and wouldn’t displine her.

    When I moved in I asked them about displine because I didn’t want to watch her without being able to displine her. We talked and I was giving a pretty wide birth.

    In the end I had to displine her maybe 3 times. Just enough for her to learn I did what I said I would do. Her parents were shocked how much better she listen to me then to them. The real rub was she really like spending time with me. We are still pretty close even 20 years latter.

    At the time when I would go out she would want to come with me instead of staying home with her parents. It kinda drove her parents nuts. I believe she actually liked spending time with me because she knew where she stood. Her parents at the time were all over the place this change some over time and they became much better parents.

    Thanks
    Robert

  7. I knew this guy had to be a marine. (Just heard him say it on the podcast). There is something about being a marine where you can detect them a million miles away. Cheers!

  8. People seem to forget that the friendly grasshopper is only one event away from becoming a locust swarm.