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Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 1110734:MV8xNTg3OTA4XzMzNjQ4NTI1X0ZBN0U1NTI3] Useful Businesses Post-collapse: Ferrying travelers Some enterprising people might utilize their proximity to a river and high traffic to create a service industry. Lots of people will come along from trading goods and migrating. Bridges might be out or commandeered. In good weather people will ford across the shallow sections, but it's riskier as their wagons might get hung up and hence abandoned. Or service animals can injure themselves as they pull along the river stones and lose their footing. Often these were modified flatboats since they could haul so much on their flat surfaces. Then perhaps there would be a pulley system set up to pull the craft along in a controlled manner versus using poles when the craft was so heavy. This meant the ferryman had to maintain the equipment carefully from fraying and lubricating the pulleys and making sure all of it was secure too. Of course people mostly traveled during the day, and if you came along at inopportune times, the travelers were stuck until the ferryman came back out to resume service. Naturally some taverns set up on either side to assist weary travelers wanted to sleep in a real bed. Almost always in history, cities began as tiny tribal villages along river banks. Tribes need water for themselves and for crops. Game animals need that water too. It meant fishing, sturgeon egg harvesting, mussel hunting (and buttons and calcium sources for treating corn flour), beaver pelts, trade, etc. I have no doubt that post-collapse, it will all happen again as it has over and over in history, and so some smart folks may use the river to their advantage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cable_ferry http://digital.library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/entries/F/FE014.html [/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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