Moms do a lot. In fact, I think my mom deceived me growing up! I had NO clue how much Moms really did. The list never ends, the house is in constant disarray, and someone is whining at any given moment (at least in my house).
About the only thing that scares me more than my kids, is the thought of what they would do without their mom (or me). As much as I hope and pray I will be there for them at any given moment, which may not always be the case.
This year I’ve definitely had a awakening as I’ve witnessed a teenager lose her mom to cancer, a young mother die after giving birth to her 2nd child, and the most tragic event of all happened when a family of 7 was attacked leaving only one survivor.
Fortunately these instances are rare, but at the same time, what if something did happen to my family’s mom (or me) and she couldn’t be there to help my family? What would I want them to know? Be able to do? Or even remember about me?
Here are a few things I thought of!
3 Things Your Family Should Know When Mom Can’t Help:
– Where Important Items are Located
Knowing where things are located might seem obvious, but I’m surprised how often a husband can’t find things, usually because mom move things around and forget to tell him.
So I encourage you to think of all the important items your family needs to know about and take them on a tour of your house. You can even use inventory sheets or make a map of your house if it helps, just keep it in a safe place.
Here are a few of the items I made sure to point out in our home tour:
- Food Storage & Recipes
- Important Documents
- Extra Cash
- Survival Binder
- 72 Hour Kits
- Emergency Items – Flashlights, Fire Escape Ladder, Extinguisher, etc.
– How to do Things for Themselves
I really am trying to make sure my kids have real-world skills into their lives, instead of just virtual ones.
I believe one of the greatest gifts you can give to their children is to teach them how to do things for themselves, especially if you’re not there to do it for them. I know it’s a lot easier said than done, but go ahead and try teaching them how to do a few things, if nothing else hopefully they’ll appreciate you more. Maybe eventually, they will be able to do it all and you can kick back and build a few houses on Minecraft too (ok, maybe I’m dreaming; but it is a cool game)
Here are a few things my kids will know how to do (at least in my dreams):
- Cook (especially with the food I have stored)
- Pay Bills & Manage Money
- Clean Anything, especially Toilets
- Pick-up after themselves
- Basic Survival Skills (Here’s a list of 48 if you need ideas)
– How Much You Love Them
I know I said earlier it worries me to think of not being there for my kids or more importantly their mom, but I just thought of something even worse – for them to not realize how much we love them!
Does your family know how much you love them? If today was your last day, what would you want them to remember about you?
Here are a few things my wife (our mom) does to try to keep up with so they can always know how much I love them, especially if I’m not here to tell them myself:
- Memory Books
- Family Videos / pictures
You could also do:
- Birthday Letters
Remember mom (and dad) is important and you need to make sure we pass good information/skills on in case were not around to help.
Start now to make sure you are staying prepared.