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Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 1110734:MV8xNTg3OTA4XzM0NTAzMTk2X0U2MzgxODZC] [quote:Anonymous Coward 26919383:MV8xNTg3OTA4XzM0NTAyMDg2XzQ2NUQyNDc4] well, for the kids, they'll need some entertainment and stuff to keep them occupied and calm them down -- I suggest learning to do string figures and games, ukulele and/or harmonicas (very portable instruments) and small songbook, and a chess set...along with a few decks of playing cards. If you can, jacks and marbles are also easy to bring around and play anywhere. Storytelling and Singing are also fine skills for the whole family to develop, always portable! [/quote] Yes! Kids will have a strong need and a desire for play, and if you don't maintain some normalcy, then they'll freak out. Many games require no props. I would encourage you to look at The New Games book. Many of these are very popular when kids are introduced to them. http://www.amazon.com/New-Games-Book-Foundation/dp/038512516X Likewise many simulation games can be used for play as well as to teach a lesson or for homeschooling. Here's some on World Hunger: http://www.brookingsbackpackproject.org/media/AA/AE/brookingsbackpackproject-org/downloads/22731/hae_activities.pdf Many games like Mancala or Chess can be made by using objects in Nature or even using things like nuts and bolts. I've made a chess set like that: http://www.designbuzz.com/7-unique-nut-bolt-chess-sets-recycling-hardware-waste/ That one used spark plugs too If you have things like musical instruments and ready made games then they'll love you for it. Hopefully most parens will bug-in as I think bugging out is ridiculous for a family, but you should have bug out bags for practically everyone to carry. [/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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