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Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 1110734:MV8xNTg3OTA4XzMzNTY3NzE4Xzg1MTlGQUY=] Useful wild plants: Honeysuckle Honeysuckle, like kudzu was introduced into the US as an erosion fighting plant. Of course, being a non-native species, it took hold, and grew everywhere. Now like its cousin, it's considered a pest species for eradication. Great! Let's try. For new foragers, we want to learn plants that are easily identifiable, and the distinct smell of honeysuckle and it's abundant flowers means that every child age 6 or older has probably been able to find this plant and suck the nectar from them. The flowers can also be eaten too. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4mf0pViR_s[/youtube] But that's not all. The plant is so useful for Asian medicine, that to list the uses would require about ten posts. Please independently read about it, for like the black walnut, this is an essential medicinal. It is mild and treats infections very well, and tolerated by the very young and elderly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonicera_japonica http://medicinewomansroots.blogspot.com/2007/05/new-infatuation-wild-honeysuckle.html http://www.altnature.com/gallery/Japanese_Honeysuckle.htm But wait, there's more! The honeysuckle's abundant vines make excellent and easy to make baskets. No more searching for loads of material, as it makes so much that you need not worry about pruning it too deeply. http://sensiblesurvival.org/2012/05/19/make-a-honeysuckle-basket/ And yet, there's more. Honeysuckle easily ignites, so it's very useful as a firestarter. http://www.survivalmonkey.com/threads/honeysuckle-as-a-fire-starter.16039/ When learning to forage, we want to learn the easiest plants to identify that produce the most harvest and that can easily be found and can are multipurposed. I have deliberately done just that, in order to save the most people in a collapse. If you only learned the ones to date, then you could most likely make it. [/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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