On women’s role in preparedness.

Fern, of Thoughts from Frank and Fern, wrote a good post recently about Women and Survival.  She writes one particularly important point:

The most important thing a woman can acquire that will increase her chance of survivability in a disaster, economic collapse, societal collapse, martial law, or any other situation that would involve a question of survival, is a good man. A man that will not only protect and care for her, but a man that will teach her how to protect herself and her family.


If you read my current quiet little blog or if you used to read one of my old, larger blogs, you already know that I believe the purpose of Woman is to be a helper and companion to Man, so I liked that Fern wrote this:

[…] Now, with that said, you also don’t want to be a burden and always expect someone else to protect you or take the lids off of jars for you.

Learning how to protect our homes and families while our husbands are away or busy is an important skill to acquire.  In addition to that, knowing how to help provide food for our families, both in times of peace and times of trouble, is also a valuable skill for women:

If you are able, grow a garden this summer. A very serious, productive garden. Preserve as much of it as you can.

The other thing women can do is teach the family’s children useful skills.  I’ve been busy with getting a very large garden in, but yesterday when one of our daughters expressed an interest in having her own garden, I took her right off to the store and let her pick out the plants.  She wanted some pretty flowers, but I also instructed her in choosing food plants for her little plot: she has two rhubarb plants, four basil plants, and a peppermint plant along with her flowers:


Go read the rest of Fern’s post, as I think it is instructive for women.



7 thoughts on “On women’s role in preparedness.

  1. “The most important thing a woman can acquire that will increase her chance of survivability in a disaster, economic collapse, societal collapse, martial law, or any other situation that would involve a question of survival, is a good man”

    Amen to that. I read a short story not long ago. It was the end of the world and a couple of women survivors were stocking up on ammo, collecting supplies, patrolling their parameter. Eventually they come to the conclusion that their best defense is actually to acquire some men, so they set out to kidnap some and take them hostage. It was a somewhat amusing story, first the women’s journey to understanding that they really existed in symbiosis with men and needed them, and then the idea that they could just take some hostage and try to force them to take on role they didn’t really want.

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    • I liked this quote:

      “My wife thinks it’s insane”


      You know, my parents were survivalists like this back in the early 1980s to the early 1990s. It was more of a “back to the land” dirt hippies kind of thing, but they also liked having some measure of food independence.

      So to me, homesteading type stuff feels pretty natural. I guess I don’t really consider myself an actual “prepper” though I hang with people who could be described that way. I’m just a lady with a big garden who has a husband with a lot of ammo. 🙂


    • Why hello, Fern! I really enjoy your blog. I’ve tried to comment once or twice but the Spam filter defeats me every time for some reason. My daughters have been begging for goats since we moved out to the countryside last year, so I always show them your posts about your goats.

      the time to prepare is almost past

      I try to encourage people by saying the time to prepare is now before you really need to. It feels overwhelming to people because we are all so helpless now and we’ve forgotten basic skills like how to grow a garden, how to can the harvest, and how to raise animals. But we can learn these things and we mustn’t give up hope by thinking it’s too late to try!


      • You are very right about learning, Sunshine. It is never too late to learn. I am 55 and just got my first pigs. Sometimes I think I am crazy.

        I’m sorry about the spam filter, I didn’t know it was giving anyone problems. We would like to hear from you in our comments. If you don’t mind trying again, then emailing thoughtfromfrankandfern@gmail.com if it doesn’t work, I will see if I can figure something out. There are a few other folks that couldn’t get through that email their comments, then I post them on the article. I hope that helps.

        You should really get your girls some goats! (-: I think they’re great, and so is the milk, cheese and butter. The meat is really good, too. I know you can’t tell I’m biased and really like goats. Can you?? (-:




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