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Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 1110734:MV8xNTg3OTA4XzM0OTMyNjUyX0MwNzE1ODM1] Reports of people maxing out their credit cards I haven't heard of this happening ...yet, but it's something to expect to happen. Most people don't prepare whatsoever. You've probably been in a grocery store as news hits of an approaching storm, and seen a lot of people begin to act strangely. Some people don't have adequate funds to purchase what they need, so they use the float period on a credit card to purchase emergency items. If you begin to witness this happening this Christmas season, or hear reports of it from friends or the Internet, then it's a sign. It has more validity if it's happening by reasonable people, particularly if in a critical infrastructure role. In an emergency, some people in leadership will have a "better safe than sorry" attitude. What could happen is a major tells his staff to "stock up on food or water", or a leader in a utility company, or a hospital administrator says something to staff members. If you see those folks stocking up, then you should carefully think of your supplies, think of deficits in your preparedness, and then buy what you need. Minimize things that you want versus need. Especially limit perishable or impulsive items. Remain calm. A lot of people will overeact. Others will notice and a frenzy will overtake more. Then that will get noticed. Already there are reports in Russia and China. The media loves this kind of human interest story as filler. It will happen in Western countries too. Everyone loves to be suddenly respected for prepping. I urge you to be calm and careful about detailing what you have stored up. Be low-key. Most probably all of this is hype. Use this time wisely instead by learning skills and checking and rechecking stock. Finish up seed purchases. Check your canning supplies. Think of any gardening equipment that would save you money like inexpensive drip irrigation. Think how you would collect rainwater. Don't waste money. The more people panic, the more people tense up who have prepared. Find some way to chill out and take the operating tempo down. It's like that scene in Aliens where Ripley is speeding away the Armored Personnel Carrier to save everyone and is grinding down the transmission. Remain calm and stay frosty. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht2RJvc4ExI[/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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