The Skeptical Spouse

5 Steps to Getting Your Spouse on Board for Prepping

Not everyone likes the idea of prepping. It’s frightening, time consuming and it costs money. To some, it may feel easier to just ignore the issue and decide not to worry about it. And if this person is your spouse, convincing them otherwise can also be frightening, time consuming and costly. When it comes down to it, the reasons we have for preparing are all valid and hard to deny, and when approached correctly, your spouse might come around faster than you think. Follow these steps:

1. Approach with Caution: Sure, you can try using scare tactics and in-your-face disaster threats to convince your skeptical spouse, but that might backfire. It’s good to know the facts and to understand the threats around every corner, but you don’t want to overwhelm them. Point out your reasoning, but do so cautiously and gently, and don’t mention it all the time. Repetition and extremity don’t always wear a person down, sometimes they just bother them to the point of stubborn disagreement. Don’t force immediate cooperation, ease the process along.

2. Explain Yourself: Once you’ve opened the door to discussion, explain your top 3 reasons for wanting to prepare. Using specifics to reference your reasoning is also a good tactic. For example: “I want to prepare because I’m worried about natural disasters, like what happened during and after Hurricane Sandy. If half of those victims were prepared it wouldn’t have been so devastating.” That is hard to deny.

3. Do Some Research: A great source of prepper’s reasoning can be found in the media. Read articles, books, and watch documentaries together. Let your spouse look into it on their own, don’t try to control their methods of research. Trust that the threats are out there and hard not to find once you start looking. Some great sites to look up are Ready.gov and American Red Cross.

4. Get Involved: There are a lot of fun prepper activities to try, like growing a medicinal herb garden, jarring foods or going to the shooting range. These are great team-effort activities that get you on the right track without overwhelming you, and their tons of fun!

5. Start Somewhere: Once warmed up to the idea, make your first purchase. Even if it’s just a small pack of emergency food like a 72 hour kit, or a survival kit. Introducing your spouse to these products so that they become more familiar with them will help encourage their comfort level.

Keep in mind that ‘skeptical’ does not mean ‘against’, it just means ‘uncertain’. In other words, there is plenty of room for persuasion. Preparing isn’t implying the world will end tomorrow, but that whatever happens, you’ll be ready. Storing long term food and water is completely rational, as we need these sources the most to survive anything. Starting with the basics and working your way up to meet your goals will help ease the process of prepping along.