Younger generations can take many things for granted, especially as technology is generating a mindset of immediate gratification. Although computers and many innovations can make life simpler, they can also lead to a dependence on these devices, to the point that practical knowledge seems to be lost.
For many people in modern society, one of the worst things they can think of to happen in a day is that the internet is running slowly, or that they cannot get enough bars on their cell phone. While these factors can certainly impact social and professional concerns, they also bring up the question of how would one survive if something truly monumental were to happen?
Common Sense Is Not So Common
Parents and grandparents have frequently encountered gripes and excuses from youths in the family that seem to revolve around this reliance upon technology. Complaints from children and teens, such as there is nothing to do for entertainment when the internet is out or that kids can’t make it to a family get together because the GPS isn’t working, are more frequent than not.
The obvious responses to these gripes include, “go outside and play” or “use a map”. However, the fact that issues like this are even a dilemma also points to a more troubling prevalence of the lack of self-sufficiency and common sense. Parental concerns at this point go beyond just worrying about what type of trouble kids are getting into and extend to what type of trouble kids might find themselves in without this practical knowledge.
Independence At Any Age
Teaching self-sufficiency and survival skills is something that is a process, and often has a greater impact when it is reinforced at a young age. When these skills are instilled as basic lessons of life, then it is more likely that children will not only know proper procedures for survival, but will also have the common sense and critical thinking skills to show independence rather than sheer reliance.
One way to start teaching these skills can be to have a family emergency plan, which gives each member of the family responsibility over certain tasks. Having trial runs for the plan can not only ensure that children are gaining these important skills, but can also allow children to have input that may be valuable to better survival training. Tasked assignments for kids can include things like making sure that fresh batteries are always in stock, or even checking on emergency food kit and water supplies.
Another ideal way of imparting this knowledge is by taking kids on camping trips. Parents and grandparents can use this time to establish better relationships while giving kids a sense of what might be involved in a survival scenario. Preparing food kits, learning about water purification, and cooking in a minimalist situation can all be fun ways to help establish better independence.
Ultimately, it is never too late for parents and grandparents to impart wisdom on the younger generation. What is most important, though, is that the skills that are shared are also ones that can help children to understand that common sense needs to come from within, and not from sheer reliance on the idea that everything will just be taken care of.