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Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 1110734:MV8xNTg3OTA4XzM0MjY4MTk5XzMzQzM0N0Uz] A little tip about coffee One of the things I've written about several times is how to make it without coffee. Many of us are addicted to caffeine, and so in a SHTF scenario, we'll end up with withdrawal headaches for up to two weeks while our system settles down. You might think this is a minor issue, but it's an exacerbating one that's a terrible nuisance since it masks other health issues. Believe me, during the Civil War, a lot of effort was made to find coffee substitutes, but none of them really dealt with the headache or lack of energy. The substitutes they found were mainly to replace coffee with a similar tasting beverage like chicory. Here's a tip I learned recently: buy bulk unroasted coffee beans. If vacuum backed and not ground, then the whole beans can last years (two to ten years depending upon the oil content). They may last even longer if you use oxygen absorbers too. They're quite a bit cheaper this way, and it's not a big deal to roast them up as you need them. http://www.sweetmarias.com/instructions.php [/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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