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Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 1110734:MV8xNTg3OTA4XzM0NTA0MjU3X0EyMUJFMTEx] Warming your home (not heating) in an emergency A lot of people that are experiencing Hurricane Sandy found out that their preps were lacking or they simply were cold since they didn't have alternative heat. People think that it won't get that cold indoors without heat, but the reality is that is can approach 5 degs F of outside temperature. You can't use a rocket stove indoors. It's not what they're made for. The only kind of stove like that is a rocket mass heater, and that requires planning. See previous postings on that subject. One alternative is a tent wood stove. They sell them to hunters who've cut out a special flap for the venting. In a pinch one could modify an existing window in a room and bring everyone in that room and warm it up reasonably well. It won't be perfect. See places like Cabela's like this one: http://www.cabelas.com/view-tents-cabelas-sheepherders-alaskan-packer-stoves-1.shtml?WT.tsrc=CSE&WT.mc_id=GoogleProductAds&WT.z_mc_id1=25437000&rid=40&mr:trackingCode=1859E7CC-958E-DF11-A0C8-002219318F67&mr:referralID=NA&mr:adType=pla&mr:ad=21232638191&mr:keyword=&mr:match=&mr:filter=22549717391 About $170 US A far cheaper alternative if you have a spot welder would be to make an ammo can stove. You probably could make it for $50, but it'll take about an hour or two to cut the parts and assemble it. You could braze it with a torch if you didn't have a welder. It's how you do connect pipes on water lines on your hot water heater with solder. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LgArTl_BSU[/youtube] [/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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