Category Archives: Family

Happy Mother’s Day

I just wanted to extend a sincere thank you to my mom, my wife, and all the other mom’s out there for keeping the world from destroying itself! Hopefully everyone had a great day.

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Photo Courtesy of Stuart Miles/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is a day to give thanks and eat too much food, but I did not want the day to pass without saying Happy Thanksgiving to all of you that take the time to read The Prepared Ninja. Like many things in life, I fail to say thank you enough to all of you who take the time to support me and my work here. So…thank you for your time and support. I appreciate each and every one of you. It is my hope that you will be able to enjoy today with your family and friends while remembering to be thankful for the life we have been blessed with.

We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is good, because it is good, if bad, because it works in us patience, humility and the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country.         ~C.S. Lewis

I also ask that you keep our troops in your thoughts and prayers today. It has been six years that  I have been able to be home and I am extremely grateful for that, but there are many of my brothers and sisters-in-arms that are still deployed abroad. There are also many Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen that are not able to be with family even though they may be at home. This can be a difficult time and your thoughts and prayers are appreciated.

Happy Thanksgiving from The Prepared Ninja!

Teaching Your Kids About Preparation – Guest Post

Teaching Your Kids About Preparation

Written by Naomi Broderick

Preparation in today’s day and age is a must. To assume that a natural disaster, a home invader, or a financial collapse won’t affect your family is a tad naïve. Preparation is about attempting to foresee the potential disasters, creating a stockpile of goods, learning the necessary skills, and creating a contingency plan to deal with the situation. As a parent, the task of disaster preparation is even harder. You not only have to prepare yourself, you have to teach your children what to do in case of a disaster.

Teach Preparation, Not Paranoia

Before we get started on the nitty-gritty details, I feel I must caution that parent to keep in mind that the information about potential disasters and tactics to deal with them must be imparted gently and with care. If your tactics are scaring or causing paranoia to the point where your kids can’t function normally, you might want to take a step back and rethink your tactics.

Model Preparation

One of the most vital tactics to teach disaster preparation is to be prepared. Be the man or woman that you want your children to be. Children learn a lot of their beliefs, values, and behavior from observing their parental figures. If they see you doing safety drills, stockpiling food, talking about safety with the family, they will be more likely to internalize the values and behaviors that you are exhibiting before they fully realize why. And gradually as the years pass, they will grasp the importance of living their life in a prepared manner.

Talk about the Contingency Plan and Safety

You may be of the opinion that your child isn’t old enough to know about the dangers of the world. That is a valid parenting choice, but you should not leave them completely defenseless and unprepared. You can tell them what to do in case of an emergency without spelling out the potential disasters that might affect the family.

You tell your kids not to get into cars with strangers, but leave out all the potential reasons why someone would kidnap a child. Why? Because you won’t always be there. Preparation for natural disasters, financial hardships, and home invasions are much like that. You won’t always be there when a hurricane approaches or when an intruder invades your home.

And if you are there, you might need to focus on other tasks. You might have a limited amount of time to board up the windows or collect the back packs of supplies. Having a child wander off to play at an inopportune time could be potentially disastrous. Even children must do their part to ensure the safety of their family. Give them the knowledge to do so.

Photo Credit: Examiner.com
Photo Credit: Examiner.com

Regular Drills of Contingency Plans

The goal of a contingency plan is to have the family complete the actions required in a safe and time efficient manner. It may seem juvenile, but drills are paramount. Completing the safety drill over and over again will make grabbing supplies, making home preparations, and getting out of the house second nature. Before the drill the knowledge was intellectual. Intellectual knowledge of what they should do in a natural disaster is faulty. The memory might fail them and fear might make them forget. After the drills, their bodies will know what must be done as if on autopilot. You should do the drills at least once every two weeks until the family can do them effortlessly. After the family has them down, you can do the drills once a month.

Make Learning Skills and Running Drills Fun

Children, especially children that do not understand the importance of preparing for disasters, can be uncooperative. There are so many more appealing activities that they could be doing in their free time. As much as you can, you should strive to get the children to enthusiastically engage in the drills and skills.

  • Turn drills into a game or a fun competition.
  • If necessary offer awards for willingly becoming involved in preparation activities. You should not give them awards for intellectual or physical merit because your goal should be to promote a life time dedication to preparation. Rewarding intellectual or physical accomplishments might increase the knowledge in the present, but it will decrease their dedication to preparation for the long haul.
  • Sign the child up for classes in Karate, Kayaking, Swimming, and other skills. If they take a liking to one of them, sign them up for the long haul.
  • Take the child camping and share your love of fishing and hunting in order to teach children to survive without modern grocery stores.

Being prepared is more than an activity. It is a lifestyle choice that has the capability of assuring a long life for you and your family. Through parents, children can learn the importance of preparing for disasters. You can teach your kids in a variety of ways. The end result should always be the same: a child with the tools to survive with and without the parent’s guidance.

Naomi Broderick is a professional writer who’s secure in her abilities and even more confident in her parenting. When she’s not juggling her three children in the front yard and planning out her next safety drill, she writes for ProtectYourHome.com, a leader in home security.

A Serious Gated Community!

Nothing says, “Parking Permit Required!” like two giant stone walls with gates around your neighborhood. This is exactly what is planned though for The Citadel, a concept community conceived by patriots and financed by the III Arms Company. Current plans have the community slated to be built in the mountains of Idaho or somewhere else in the region that James Wesley Rawles has dubbed, The American Redoubt. Stemming from an idea bounced around the liberty focused blogosphere in 2012, this community has quickly come to fruition with 20 acres already purchased in Benewah County, Idaho to house the relocated headquarters and factory of the III Arms Company.

A concept sketch of The Citadel community.

For many, this scenario makes a lot of sense while others are concerned that this type of community creates a giant target for the government. I see both sides of the argument but think that The Citadel will catch on. Especially if the federal government continues to move in the direction of current travel. While such communities may not be a perfect solution, at least there are groups looking for a solution. Below are some of the details about The Citadel…

What can I expect to find within the walls of The Citadel community?

The Citadel expects to offer the following features:

  • III Arms Factory
  • Curtain Walls & Towers, Main Gate
  • John Parker Town Green
  • Town Hall
  • Community Armory
  • Citadel Firearms Museum
  • Town Center – Retail/Commercial
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Medical Center
  • Retirement Facility
  • Citadel Schools/Boarding School
  • Library
  • Tourist Visitor Center
  • Houses/Townhomes/Condos
  • Canals/Lake/Ponds
  • Firearms/Archery Ranges
  • Sports Fields
  • Hotel
  • III Bank
  • Churches
  • Power/Biomass/Water Plant
  • Underground Shelter
  • Post Office
  • Fire House
  • Stockade/Jail
  • Grounds Building
  • Walking Trails
  • Orchards/Gardens/Parks
  • Outdoor Pavilions/Amphitheatre
  • Command & Control Center
  • Media Center
  • Airstrip/Helipad
  • Shuttle System/Parking Center

Who can live in this community?

Anyone who is willing to agree to the Patriot Agreement as outlined by the community’s organizers. In addition, the concept of the Citadel holds dear to the idea of Rightful Liberty, allowing for free practices without limit of race or religion.

How does this idea of Patriot communal living work?

Each home will be a lifetime lease instead of owned as personal property. The Citadel spells it out as a Patriot Disneyland:

One of the primary reasons for a lease paradigm versus private property inside the walls is our desire to make the community for Patriots only.

The model will be similar in many ways to that of Disneyland. It is walled, gated, private property with controlled access. People pay to enter and agree to the rules because they see value in doing so. It is all based on a voluntary agreement between the owners of the property and those who want to come inside. Millions of people visit Disneyland and interact peacefully. It’s exceptionally rare to hear of any serious problems. The key is that those people want to be there and understand what is expected of them. Surprisingly similar to what we are doing.

According to the Citadel website, each home will include:

Every Citadel home will come with a 2,500 gallon water tank, a one year supply of food for either 1 or 2 adults, 1 or 2 AR15-variant rifles and 1,000 rounds of ammunition per rifle, a generator, a composting toilet, a vault, a protective Safe Room.

The threats that the Citadel will be designed to combat are:

The Citadel is primarily designed to defend against a grid-down, economic collapse scenario. When most people ask this question they are thinking in terms of defending against violent action but there are other aspects to defending ourselves. Self-sufficiency in terms of food, water and energy are also a form of defense against a collapse scenario, so these are a major part of our plan.

The Citadel is not designed to withstand any direct .Mil or .Gov attack. Nor is the Citadel, in any manner, attempting to provoke any government entity.

What does living in The Citadel community cost?

According to the official Citadel Housing Cost Calculator, housing will run anywhere from $347 for a 600 square foot house on one acre outside of the walls all the way up to $6,998 for a 10,000 square foot house on one acre inside the walls. There are other options available such as a 300 square foot emergency micro-suite inside the walls for an additional cost of $250 a month.

The folks of the Citadel and III Arms Company have also come up with an answer for why this project will succeed while other similar concepts have failed previously:

Why Do You Think You Will Succeed Where Others Have Failed?

An effort such as this can have philosophical, social, economic, political and religious aspects that must be considered. Previous attempts have either ignored one or more of those aspects or not understood the consequences of the decisions that were made that affect them.

Our effort is based on Rightful Liberty which, as a live-and-let-live philosophy, makes us good neighbors. We feel no need to convert anyone to our way of thinking or try to control anyone else’s behavior, except to the extent needed to defend our Rightful Liberty. We have a base economic engine for the Citadel in the form of the III Arms Company that should provide initial financial support. We have the Patriot Agreement, a contract that clearly spells out our expectations of one another. We believe in the rule of law and have no interest in creating conflict with anyone. We will be an open community that encourages visitors and tourists. Most importantly, our efforts are based on voluntary action and voluntary association.

These factors should let us build a physical and social structure that will let us pursue our goal of a sustainable and defensible living space without the usual negative reactions that efforts like this often create.

It will be interesting to see how this Patriot community develops…

If you think living among fellow Patriots in the Citadel is for you, apply here.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope that your holiday is filled with happiness, fun, food, and memories. 2012 has been a remarkable year with no shortage of things to complain about, but try to recall the good things that have come along as well. God bless you all on this day of giving thanks for all that we have been blessed with!

Nothing Exciting

No new content today due to having a family night tonight. We went to a baseball game and had a great time. I hope that everyone has a great time this weekend and stays safe. If you get the chance, enter The Prepared Ninja Giveaway, let your opinion be known in the current Prepared Ninja Poll, or review some of the older content. Thanks!

Quotable Quote of the Day

Some things just can’t be made up, especially when it comes to things that children will say. My oldest son provided my wife and I quite a good laugh this evening with one of his quotable quotes.

It has been unseasonably warm for this time of year so tonight we went to get some ice cream. When we got there I asked all three of my boys what flavor they wanted. My oldest boy looked at the menu, turned to me and asked, “Dad, what does lemon custard taste like?” I told him that it tastes like lemon. At this point he turns back to me and says, “Oh. Never mind then.” He is old enough to read and knows what lemon tastes like so I am truly curious as to what he expected me to say.

Regardless of what he was thinking it made me laugh and I just hope I remember the story long enough to thoroughly embarrass him at least a few times.