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Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 1110734:MV8xNTg3OTA4XzM0NzA1Mzc2XzEzOUMxRjVD] In Winter, your attic can be your temporary root cellar Some foods (root crops like potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, etc) plus cold loving crops like cabbage) store extremely well in a root cellar. By definition a root cellar is an underground structure that maintains a constant temperature of 55 degrees F or thereabouts due to the temperature of the Earth. The problem is you have to excavate it, and that's not possible for most folks right now either for time or city codes or whatever. A lot of people have attics and these can get quite cold in Winter. Too cold without something to insulate these foods, for it can be as cold as 2-3 degrees F higher than the outside temperature. This does mean though that one could store some food items up there. It's not a bad place as long as you watch the temperature closely. Some people have unfinished attics. Of course there are rafters, but no horizontal flooring. In a pinch, a sheet of plywood can be rapidly screwed down, and as long as you're careful about weight distribution, you can store quite a bit up there. Oxygen is the enemy of freshness. It allows foods to go stale. It's why burying root crops in sand works. http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message2038275/pg1 If course you can vacuum seal things too. Or you put them in buckets throw in an activated hand warmer (they work by oxidation) and they'll use up the oxygen in your bucket. It's only temporary, but might help some folks. Here's someone using an unheated attic in this way: http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/3898640-423/food-detective-root-cellar-revival.html The link below gives temperature ranges for the most common items you could store, and so you'd have to insulate some to achieve best preservation through refrigeration for your items. http://extension.missouri.edu/p/MP562 [/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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