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Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 1110734:MV8xNTg3OTA4XzM0NTQ1ODcxXzM5RTU2MkQ1] Stakes are not just for tents Most people don't make things or do construction around the home. Most people hire someone to do this. Post-collapse YOU will do that, or it won't get done or you will trade to get it done. Regardless you'll be helping because few construction jobs are one-person jobs. In a collapse, you won't have all the tools you need. If you have a little know-how, you can make-do...but expect some issues from improperly doing techniques and a learning curve. A stake is driven to create an anchoring point. Let's say you plant a sapling. You want to train it to grow, but it starts to grow toward the sun's arc through your area. It does this based upon the season (yep, solstice and equinox, there was a use for learning that in 4th grade). A rubberized section and a rope can be staked and this can be used to train the tree which way you want it to grow. A stake if very strong and driven into the ground can act like a pulley. A rope is placed around it, and you can pull the rope against the stake to use physics to move more. A tree would be better, but may not be around. A short stake in the ground may act as a strong bracing place to use your much larger leg muscles to resist a force or apply a place from which to push from securely. A stake may anchor a rope or pole used to cook over a fire. A stake may act as a hitching post for a boat. A stake may anchor a tarp hastily pulled over a garden to protect from hail. A stake may anchor a radio antennae in the field. Think outside the box. [/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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