On This Day Pre-Y2K

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May 20, 1999 Permalink

I have a 16 yr. old daughter, and a 8 yr. old son. I told them both at the same time about y2k. I didn’t go into all the details that i had found, i just gave them the basics on what might happen that would personally affect them and what i was doing to prepare us if those things happened. I then gave them each a sheet of paper and told them to make their own prep lists. My teen grumbled but i told her it was not an option unless she did not want anything special for herself. That shed a whole new light on the project.

After they finished their lists and i had a chance to review them we set a family prep trip in motion. This is fun for the kids, and you get a chance to spend time with them without them complaining about grocery shopping being boring. Each child got a bookbag, and began to select the personal things they wanted to go into it. It costs just a little more for the mylar toothbrush, then a regular one, but my daughter actually enjoyed picking out these mundane things. She also has started her own candle collection, animals, flowers,etc., and uses her own money from babysitting to buy them. It’s shopping to her, and that’s one of the things teens like to do.

I also try to make time each week for something we can do together. This takes alot of creative energy, as teens do not want to spent time with the old folks. Bingo is one of their favorites, because i get little prizes from the dollar store and they like to get the goodies. I am stocking these little treats for family bingo next year too!

The last big thing i am doing is taking a family vacation this summer. I know alot of Ker’s will think the money should go into preps but this may be the last summer in a long time we can do this so i think it is money well spent. Also it will give everyone a well deserved breather!

—kitten, Time Bomb 2000 Forums (LUSENET), 05/20/99

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