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Visionz wrote:Alright don't make fun of me, but I have two sons by two other marriages and now am happily married to my third wife. I think the key to a happy marriage is not to have kids with her. Anyway, my two sons are 12 and 5 years old. My 12 year old pretty much lives with me full time, and my 5 year old I get weekends and school breaks, and my younger son's mother lives 2 1/2 hours away (by car on interstate). My wife has two children from a previous marriage ages 10 and 6 she has full time. It's a brady bunch.
Here is my scenario...
The SHTF and my younger son is hours away. He has a great mother to take care of him in a normal world, but if the SHTF my son is screwed, and I don't think he could survive in her custody in PAW, zombie apocalypse, etc.... Do I risk the lives of three other children and my wife to travel what would likely be a days trip in a vehicle and possibly several days or even a couple of weeks with children if I cannot make it in my vehicle? DO I leave my family and go it solo, putting them in danger? Do I leave my child hours away and pray he is ok?
Nyx wrote:Does your ex know you prep? Would it be useful to have her be with your family if SHTF? I say this because a 5 year old might not want to leave his mother behind if you were to go get him. How you handle that part would depend on how friendly you are with your ex, and if she would use your prepping against you in court.
Now 5 is a good age to start in scouting, if the interest is there. This opens the doors to camping and other field trips with you when you have him. He'll learn some skills that could help if disaster ever strikes, and start the foundation for prepping. I'd just start teaching him a few things and have him help make his own bug out bag.
Honestly, in a SHTF scenario, I would offer to take her with us (as horrible and weird as that would be).
Visionz wrote:Nyx wrote:Honestly, in a SHTF scenario, I would offer to take her with us (as horrible and weird as that would be).
harleytrypp wrote:First and formost, Communication before anything happens is key. Sit down with your wife and address your concerns about your youngest in realistic terms. "Honey, I know you think its a little wierd, but.... " once you get her total buy in, then get with your ex and have a similar conversation. If you address your concerns rationally, they may just supprise you with a rational response.
Evan the Diplomat wrote:A serious situation for any family. Some sound advice has already been given, allow me to provide some more.
What's your risk assesment? What is making you in such a big hurry to get there? I ask because you don't provide a location (I know Op-Sec, shhhhhhhhhhh) so a hurricane might be a reason for you to drive 200 miles in a big hurry, but even those come with a day's or at least several hours' warning. A friendly phone call, "Hey hurricane season is coming up and since you moved to Galveston with Jimmy, I've been a little worried. Have you got batteries, flashlight, plywood a place to go to in case another Katrina comes roaring down on you?" Don't get into the whole BOB scenario.
Now if you are expecting re-animation of the dead, overnight collapse of the global banking system, extinction level meteor strike or alien invasion, I've got nothing for you.
phil_in_cs wrote:I used to think it was 'any day now', but after 30+ years I've gotten tired of holding my breath.
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