It is one thing to go off grid by yourself. It is quite another when you are taking the family along. Then you have a collection of attitudes, ideas, and personalities – and they may not all sync with yours or your plans. Taking your family off the grid can be summed up with one word: teamwork. Then try these suggestions to make the transition smoother.
Talk to your spouse.
You really want your spouse on board before you talk to your kids. You know, that “United Front” thing. It is also just a respectful thing to do. By talking to your spouse first you can come together to create a strategy for talking with the kids. You can also make some preliminary plans together so that you have something to show the kids when you talk to them.
Talk to your kids.
Talking to kids about going off the grid can be a mixed bag. You may get full cooperation or you may get complete opposition – but you still have to talk to them. They may be kids, but they are still people and this something that is going to affect them, probably in a very dramatic way. Talk to them, show them pictures, explain in age appropriate terms, and ask those four important words, “What is your opinion?”
Start practicing water and energy conservation.
Before you run a marathon you train, right? Transitioning to off grid living is no different. You and the family can start training today by practicing water and energy conservation. The more you train, the better you will be at it and the less of a shock the new circumstances will be once you actually make the move to live off the grid.
Do research as a family. Older kids can do independent research that you assign to them while younger kids can help you by discussing different things you find in your research. Discuss research findings as a family and allow for everyone’s input. When everyone feels involved it is much more likely to make the transition far easier.
Make plans together.
Just as you research together, make plans together. Discuss different options for heat, energy, and water. Because the kids have researched everything with you they will feel comfortable and knowledgeable in discussing different plans and offering ideas. Take them with you when you go hunting for materials and ask for their input. Keeping them engaged and feeling like valuable members of the team will go a long way in getting everyone on board.
Take baby steps.
Don’t try to do everything all at once. Take baby steps, allowing the family to grow accustomed to each change before you introduce another. Try to avoid overwhelming them with new things but keep a steady forward motion.
Have an off grid weekend.
Plan an off grid weekend where you unplug and act as if you are off the grid. Create scenarios and act them out. Get the whole family in on the action. At the end of the weekend, gather together to discuss what worked and what didn’t as well as everyone’s opinions on how they feel about off the grid living. It can be a very enriching experience that touches each family member as well as the unit as a whole.
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