If you're living with kids, you know they have special needs. Those needs should extend to your preparedness efforts. When you're prepping, keep the children in mind and stock stuff to take care of their needs. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking.
Have a baby? Diapers, wipes, baby foods, formula (yes, even if you're nursing, something may happen to you and how is Dad going to feed the baby?), extra blankets and warm clothing, baby medicines, diaper rash ointment, clothes the next size up. I'll be honest, with the price of diapers I was never very good at having a lot on hand. Maybe have some cloth diapers just in case. I can't remember the disaster, but I remember news coverage of looters and some were running out of the store with DIAPERS! Serious business--for your own safety and sanity you don't want to have to be running to the store during or after an emergency to pick up anything. Even diapers.
Bigger kids? Pullups for the bed wetters even if they don't usually wear them--you don't want to have to be doing all that laundry by hand if you can help it. Size up clothes and shoes, comfort foods, kid medication. Once the kids reach a certain age, you can start chopping a regular tylenol in half, but if you've got kids that need the chew kind, make sure you have some on hand. A big one with kids is to stock foods they like to eat. That means not all rice and beans and wheat. It's nice to add a little normalcy to an emergency by stocking some spaghettio's or whatever their favorites are and being able to pull them out when things are crazy.
Teenagers? I really don't know. My oldest is 10. But I'd still go with stocking clothes and shoes a size or two up for them if they're still growing. And they eat a lot--actually sometimes more than adults, so make sure to take that into consideration when you're calculating meals and how much food to store.
We'll cover boredom busters in another post. Any other ideas of things to have on hand for kids needs?