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Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 1110734:MV8xNTg3OTA4XzMzNTMxODg5XzQ4NDM4M0Ux] Useful wild plants: Bracken Fern As self-reliant people, we want to use species in a sustainable way by either gathering them or growing them. Making soap is an intensive activity that requires either growing a lot of oil bearing plants and harvesting them and pressing out their oil, or hunting a lot of animals for fat, or raising a lot of animals and harvesting it; since that takes so much effort, in the beginning we want ways to do that easier. Way easier, for in a collapse, those oils may be good for calories to consume for bare minimum survival. The good news is that many plants contain sapponins, natural soap substances. This doesn't mean that you get a bar of strong soap from them, but it does mean that you can swish around their roots in water, and it will create mild soaps that you can use for your body and hair. The three main ones that I know of are: yucca which grows in arid places, soapwort which can be found in gardens in America and grows wild in Europe, and bracken fern which grows almost everywhere east of the Mississippi an a bit over that border. Bracket fern is the same fern from which we harvest fiddleheads. Here are some links to help you identify it: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDVvOE2Bky4[/youtube] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bracken http://www.pollenlibrary.com/Specie/Pteridium+aquilinum/ http://www.pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=49 Dig up and clean the roots, press the roots to get out the sapponins and mix that with water. It's very simple, and will do a reasonable job of cleaning without using lye from wood ashes. This is a far gentler means of cleaning. [/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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