My family goes out in our area a couple times a month. We could go anywhere from a family restaurant to a movie. It is during these little outings that I take the time to formulate our family self defense plan if things should go bad.
In order to not appear paranoid or freak my kids out, I try to make a game of it.I will pose a question to the group such as, “where would be the best place to go if there were a fire?”
“How about if someone came in and wanted to hurt people?”
We entertain and analyze each plan to see which is best. This game provides some fun mental training for the kids. They eventually start to beat me to the game, which is confirmation they are starting to think tactically, even if they do not realize. It is my short term goal to provide options should we need them and the long term tactical development of my family. The chances of them ever needing a true emergency game plan are probably small, but the training has them thinking outside the box, which translates to much more.