I'm at a loss on this one. As I've ramped up preparations my kids have asked more & more questions. I try to explain to them as plainly as I can but I don't think I'm doing a very good job. I can't seem to figure out how to put societal collapse, SHTF, EOTWAWKI whatever you want to call it in terms a kid would understand. Here's part of a conversation we had this afternoon while watching a hawk eat a squirrel. The conversation started with them asking why I wanted them to know so much about nature and how to watch for different signs in nature. me - if the world goes down the pooper then we may have to leave the house and live in and off of nature for awhile. 13 yo - you mean like on little house on the prarie Me - yes something like that since there would be no public services 9 yo - does that mean we don't have school me - not for awhile bud 13 yo - what public services me - electricity, & running water for us, for people in cities no sewer or garbage collection. Probably no wally world or grocery stores for awhile either. Gas for cars would run out too. 9yo - so it's like camping out all the time me - yes bud that's right 13yo - but they had grocery stores and other stores on little house 9yo - so we get to camp out all the time, not take showers and don't have to go to school. That's cool me - we may see some trading post pop up but I wouldn't count on it. There were a lot less people back then and the people were a lot more self sufficient. And we could still get clean using water from the pond 9yo - self sufficient?? me - the people back then could take care of themselves kinda like the man on the dvd Alone in the wilderness or the movie Jeremiah Johnson. They didn't rely on the govt like a lot of people do today. There are probably more worthless people today that sit around and wait for the govt to take money away from me and the other working people and give it to them than the entire population of the US back in the little house times. 9yo - oh, you mean like the hobos that live under the bridges in atlanta me - actually the ones I'm talking about are worse than the those hobos 13 yo - so why would all that happen? me - our govt is run by idiots that are out for themselves, those idiots may cause our financial markets to collapse or we may be attacked by terrorist again on a much larger scale 13yo - You're always saying you wished the govt would change wouldn't this be a good thing. me - I'm not sure, in the short term a lot of people would die and not just the worthless people a lot of good people would die too. In the long term for you and when you grow up, your kids the US would hopefully be a better place. 9yo - why would a lot of people die. me - no food, clean water, or medicine. those people that sit around and wait for their govt checks every month don't have a clue how to live in or off of nature. Once the grocery stores run out of food they're done. Fights would break out for whatever food and water they could find. Since they don't know how to hunt, plant gardens or sterilize water they can't make their own. 13yo - I don't get it dad, how do terrorist attacking or the financial markets collapsing make the world go down the pooper me - why don't ya'll go see if you can find that squirrels tail that just fell. I've had a few similar conversations with them, some more in depth some less depending on the questions they ask. I generally think we're doing great and they understand then I have to back up and start all over. Do I need more detail, less detail. any help would be appreciated. My wife has all these "How to talk to your kids" books that she's always trying to get me to read. Is there a How to tell your kids about the collapse of society or SHTF for Dummies guide out there?