3 Essential Survival Skills That Every Child Should Know

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More than half of young adults are unable to tie a knot while 40% percent struggle with practical skills such as map reading, starting a fire, or even fishing, according to reports from The Express. As parents, our mission is to protect our children from harm’s way. So we tactfully prepare for every possible emergency and learn the in’s and out’s on how to keep our families safe.

One factor that most parents forget is to teach your children how to survive on their own. Would your kids know what to do if they were lost on their own? If not, now’s the time to teach your children these 3 essential survival skills.

Strengthen their mindset

As the saying goes, “Anyone can live 21 days without food, 36 hours without water, 180 seconds without oxygen, and 3 seconds without a strong mind.”  One of the biggest ways parents can help their child is to boost their self-esteem. Having the right confidence at an early age in dangerous conditions can help children to protect themselves against a physical threat. Thus, self-defense training is a vital component to survival skills.

If you or your child find themselves in a situation where they need to survive, the most important aspect is to have the right focus and attitude. With a strong mindset, children must feel the urge to thrive, as situations will call on your primal instincts. You can help your kids develop an internal instinct or mindset early on as that will help them stay calm and level-headed, especially during a crisis.

Make hydration important

By the age of four, kids must learn the value of water. They must know how to find it, drink it, and keep it in storage for later use. The first thing to learn is that water naturally runs downhill, giving you a better clue on where to find it. Children should also learn that following a water source will likely lead them to some form of community or local town if they become lost.

Forage for food

No child is too young to start learning the value of plants, especially for food. Foraging allows the children to strengthen its bond and connection with the environment. It educates them on which wild plants are edibles or poisonous to stay away from. For example, elderberries are taste and rich in health benefits, but they can also be confused with pokeberries and water hemlock.  Thus, it is important to start with the basics at an early age.

Make every effort to turn your camping trips, hikes, and park visits into a learning experience. Even if your child lessons just one new lesson or skill, then you’ve accomplished more today than yesterday. The best gift you can give your kids is to make them independent, self-sufficient, and prepare for the unexpected.