Moms do a lot. In fact, I tell my mom all the time that she deceived me growing up! I had NO clue how much Moms really did until I became one. 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 me. As much as I hope and pray I will be there for them at any given moment, that may not be the case.
This year I’ve definitely had a rude 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 in our community last week 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 me and I 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, but I would love for you to add to my list and share your thoughts below!
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 my husband can’t find things, usually because I 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
Currently my children are fairly useless at doing much, unless it comes to Minecraft where they can manage to build entire cities, make roller coasters for their animals, and keep away from zombies.
I really am trying to change that and am working on incorporating more real-world skills into their lives, instead of just virtual ones.
I believe one of the greatest gifts moms 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;)
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, but I just thought of something even worse – for them to not realize how much I 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 I 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:
What would you want your family to know if you couldn’t help?
Guest post by Jamie Smith.
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