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Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 1110734:MV8xNTg3OTA4XzMzNTc5MDk2X0ZGQzA3MEE2] Survival Shelters: a yurt of sticks and mud If our family might begin to have real issues, say an early winter and being at higher latitudes and due to the weather. The weather will influence everything after a collapse: agriculture, livestock, disease, water, war, foraging, clothing, etc. If so, they might have to skip their goal, not matter how great a remote cabin might be, if you can't get there in a reasonable amount of time, then it won't help you. If so, a semi-permanent shelter can be made of wood and clay soil that is muddy enough to use as building materials. It's one of the most common shelters made of "survival cement" as mortar and branches. http://www.handprintpress.com/authors/a-yurt-of-sticks-and-mud/ Such shelter have many names depending upon their styles and the cultures in which they evolved. Knowing the basic idea, one can build them above of below ground. Both have advantages. Usually the ones below will end up warmer, but they are built on hillsides that have been partially excavated, and that is work. It also means that you disturb the soil, and could create an erosion issue accidentally, so you must also channel water flow, or else be clever and really look at the land and rainfall patterns. Even then, rare flash flooding may seasonally come, so you must look at drainage and nearby hillsides at higher elevation and if that will get diverted into your path. Ones built above ground may require more materials for the roofing, so you'll need thatching to wick away rain. However, the sun is getting on your shelter too, and of course everyone appreciates it's warmth and a sunny window. It's not as well disguised usually, as people like to live in meadows, but realistically that means dragging building materials there and it becomes obvious that something is being constructed due to the disturbance in harvesting those materials. A lot of foraging comes from meadows, so it may mean less walking. It'll be drier inside, less mildew, maybe more flies though. Hotter in summers. [/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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