Father’s Day, like Mother’s Day, is one of the important family rituals that strengthen family bonds. It is important for you to strengthen these bonds now, in any way possible, so that your family’s unity will be strong when it is tested during hard times. Preppers should set good examples for their children by honoring their mothers on Mother’s Day and their Fathers on Father’s Day.
There is no need to eliminate standard gifts such as cards and dinners out, but, during Father’s Days, there also are additional ways to honor your father, such as:
- Going on a weekend camping trip with your family and trading camping tips with him.
- Giving him a watchdog.
- Buying or recharging fire extinguishers for his house and car.
- Buying or changing the batteries of smoke detectors for his house.
- Buying him first aid kits for his house and his car.
- Giving him some gold or silver coins.
- Buying him a GPS locator.
- Giving him a Swiss knife and other tools and supplies for his car.
- Trading some barbecue cooking skills with him during a family picnic.
- Taking him fishing, and trading some fishing tips with him.
The decision regarding which, if any, of the above ideas you choose should depend upon the interests and abilities of your father. Based upon his interests and abilities, you might choose items or activities not listed above.
Friends and family members, including fathers, might not be enthusiastic about prepping. It is only normal for humans to deny unpleasant future possibilities. In fact, sometimes denial can prevent a self-fulfilling prophecy . Examples of self-fulfilling prophecies might be runs on banks or the collapse of the economy.
Thus, it is important to be patient with those who are not as convinced as you are of the coming hard times. You could give your father the gifts and attention listed above without explaining that they are meant to help him and your family to prepare for an unpleasant future.
Preparing friends and family members, however, is important. If some or all of them are unprepared, but survive the initial phases of hard times, they will want help from you. If you are the only one who has prepared, they soon will deplete your time, energy, and supplies. You, however, can make your family and friends preppers without them realizing that they are preppers.