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Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 4393568:MV8xNTg3OTA4XzI4ODMyNjY1X0I1NkUyNzFB] When the SHTF, it won't just be the major things that will freak us out. It'll also be getting a darn cup of coffee! We're addicted to this delicious beverage, mostly because of the artificial lift it gives from the caffeine, and that stimulant used to keep us going after lunchtime and a heavy meal. It's relatively easy to make a coffee substitute. It's pretty hard to find a stimulant from wild edibles for identification reasons. Roasted dandelion and chicory were both used as inexpensive coffee substitutes and as ways to extend the coffee you have on hand. Since coffee comes from very far off, and it's production in the USA is limited to Kona Hawaii, you're going to run out of it. HORRORS! Dandelion is very easy to harvest. The taproots can go deep, but are not that hard to pull out. Chicory has a much better root, but it goes deep. It's more time consuming to harvest. Both are common to the US, easy to identify, simple to harvest,easy to roast, and can be brewed in the same ways as coffee. It's hard to believe, but dandelion and chicory are both non-native plants to the US. They actually both came from Europe and people deliberately brought seeds from back home since they loved them so much. Now they're ubiquitous. A perfect way to brew them is a French Press. This method allows for timing your brew strength without overheating the brew. The problem is they're breakable, but they do make camping versions. Of course old style camping percolator type brewing makes for a simpler method since it fits right on the camp or rocket stove. Of course, most people use the automatic drip method, but you won't have electricity. All you have to do is scoop up the substitute, and slowly pour boiling water over the material. That's all the fancy automatic drip does other than also controlling the temperature in a specific range. Here are two videos. If you know of a common plant that is easily identifiable and produces caffeine then please post it here. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5yTVh5u2h4&feature=related[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_z5MgL1_XME[/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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