Recently The Mom With A Prep and Are We Crazy Or What? ran blogs on skills that a kid should have by the time they turn 12. This really gave me some food for thought, my son just turned two and a half and I was left wondering what Preparedness skills would be important for him to learn by the time he is 12.
- Safely Use Our Woodstove– We heat our house with wood. It has proven itself to be reliable and safe. I want my 12 year old to be able to safely start and maintain a fire.
- Gun Safety and Marksmanship– I want my 12 year old to know the fundamentals of safe gun handling and marksmanship. They don’t have to be little Tier 1 Operators in training but being able to put lead on paper is an important skill.
- Firearm Maintenance– My 12 year old will be responsible for the care of their own .22 rifle.
- Small Game Hunting– I’m an avid hunter (note, I said avid not good) and while I hope my kids will share my passion for the outdoors I won’t force them to take it up but, I want to see some basic proficiency in it.
- Running Our Generator– During the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy I found that the more people in the household who can run the generator the better. I want my 12 year old to be able check/add oil, add gas, and to start the beast up. This would be one of those skills that is “only if Mom or Dad are home” skills. While I think operating a small engine should be in the skill set of an almost teenager, touching the breaker panel is a little beyond them. Plus if they can start it I can watch from the window, nice and warm. If you grew up in the 70’s you know your Dad would have done it to you!
- Cooking– Cooking is one of those life skills that I consider uber important. Being able to take basic ingredients and turn it into something palatable is a huge benefit in a Preparedness situation.
- First Aid– Again I’m looking for a basic and Common Sense level of competence. A Red Cross First Aid/CPR course would be a good place to start.
- Splitting Wood- Since I heat with wood this one is near and dear to my heart! I’ll admit I daydream a bit about my son being a big 16 year old (I was 6′ and 200 lbs at 16) and taking over maul duty from me, but I’ll settle for a 12 year old who can swing an 8 lb maul safely. This might seem like a menial skill but it teaches perseverance and toughness, besides callouses never killed anybody.
- Safely Use and Maintain a Pocket Knife– A 12 year old should be responsible enough to be trusted with their own pocket knife afield or when working in the backyard. Being able to keep it clean and sharp just goes hand and hand with ownership. I do war with myself over this one and I’ll admit to being a bit saddened that we live in country where a Father has to question giving a 12 year old a Swiss Army Knife. . .
- Garden Skills– A working knowledge of growing food in DIRT is a must!
Well there you have it my 10 Preparedness Skills for 12 Year Olds.
What do you think? Did I miss anything?
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