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Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 1110734:MV8xNTg3OTA4XzMzNDk4ODM2X0M3RUNDMzM1] Helpful wild edibles: Milkweed Milkweed is a common plant, but a wonderful discovery as a child. What a shame that we become so jaded as we age. Remember the fun of finding a milkweed pod full of its "silk" and playing with it? That silk is one of the best insulation that you can find, and far superior to goose feathers. Say you've made a hole in your down jacket, well fill it back up with milkweed and stitch that up. It produces a latex, and that keeps some people from eating it. Taking a few precautions in the videos, you can avoid that mostly. The latex is the milky sap that oozes out from breaking off a leaf. It was used during WW2 to make a usable rubber, but not in any great amount. However for us, this property will help us close up wounds, and that sap somehow kills the virus that causes warts. Its scientific name is Asclepias, the name of the Greek god of healing. The shoots tastes like asparagus, and like that veggie, as it gets woody, you cut that off and use the higher younger portion. The florets are just like delicious broccoli, and the pods can be eaten too. In all honesty, we probably should cultivate this wonderful plant so we have a steady supply of it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asclepias http://www.annarbor.com/entertainment/food-drink/you-can-eat-this-but-should-you-1/ http://www.countrysidemag.com/issues/87/87-2/Sam_Thayer.html [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKMJatyFMdM[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=els5d7KXj7o[/youtube] [/quote]
There are many free homeschooling sites with pdf files. It would be great to have them just in case there are issues.
Get medications that your kids need. See if your doctor will prescribe 3 months supplies for them.
Get some presents tomorrow for Christmas. Little gifts that you could give out not only then, but throughout the year as incentives. They'll really appreciate them.
Children can thrive in the woods as long as they have calm parents. They cannot keep up with your pace up and down tails. You've got to plan adequately if you do have to walk some.
Kids are used to incorrectly using a backpack since kids at school wear them in the wrong fashion, which adds too much stress to their lower back. You'll have to reteach them how to buckle it properly and position it higher than they used to wearing it.
Try to make gathering wood into a game. Teach them as much about nature as possible. Being quiet is as important as talking.
Kids love open fires. Tell stories. It can simply be times when they did wonderful things when they were younger. They love hearing how much you love and adore them. Even teens.
Hug and kiss them often. Be generous with your affection. Lavish it on them
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