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Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 1110734:MV8xNTg3OTA4XzMzNTQ3NTYzX0E5ODY1N0VF] Making firestarters Here's something that should be done NOW since winter is approaching. The video details how to cheaply make firestarters from dryer lint, paraffin, and toiler paper rolls. You'll make these yourself to save money, and then cut them in small slices, and then starting a fire is very easy. Then cover the coals lightly with ash, and save that for the next day to quickly get a fire going. This makes keeping a fire going very simple. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9N_efUSFGI[/youtube] Later, you can collect little bits of tinder and then heat up and press sumac berries to get their oil. Then coat the tinder with that oil to make something similar. The point is to save time, and speed things along. Believe me, you'll get good at starting a fire, even your 6 year old can do it, but if cold and wet and freeing to death because you fell into an icy lake, well having a firestarter could save your life. Since it repels water from the oil or parafin, even if damp, it might ignite when you're hands are shaking furiously. That's not the only time you need one. Say you're exhausted and on a forced march, and you've had to delay setting up camp. You can dig a Dakota hole fire pit quickly, use your firestarter to get the initial fire going, add some twigs, and then go look for nearby wood. Or say it's 2am, you're bleary eyed, and the fire went out, no coals, and you've got to heat up some tea for a sick child and already been up for a day and half because they've been ill and feverish. Well, you've got to hurry and get back to them as quickly as you can. Self-reliance isn't about survival techniques starting from scratch, but making things ahead of time to allow things to be done in a rapid manner and efficiently. It's beautiful and can even be efficient to start a flint and steel fire, but until you get there, and even when you do, having a firestarter is common sense. [/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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