The Survival Mom » Kids http://thesurvivalmom.com Helping moms worry less & enjoy life! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:48:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Wilderness Survival Series: Practicing Survival Skills As A Family http://thesurvivalmom.com/wilderness-survival-series-practicing-survival-skills-family-everydaycarry/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/wilderness-survival-series-practicing-survival-skills-family-everydaycarry/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:00:28 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=19555 We are surrounded by wilderness here on our Idaho homestead.  We spend as much of our free time as possible outside and adventuring. What do our adventures consist of? We live a very traditional life out here so a lot of our Read More

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Wilderness Survival Skills are important for everyone, not just survivalists and mountain men! | via www.TheSurvivalMom.comWe are surrounded by wilderness here on our Idaho homestead.  We spend as much of our free time as possible outside and adventuring.

What do our adventures consist of?

We live a very traditional life out here so a lot of our time in the wild actually has a purpose. We may be scouting for a good hunting spot, harvesting our meat or firewood for the year, taking a 20 mile hike for some casual exercise, or even panning for some gold (really!). We really put our wilderness survival skills to the test!

Any time we leave our property, whether on foot or in a vehicle, you can be sure that we have our gear and are prepared for anything. Not only do we have our gear, but we always have additional clothing and we each have a firearm.

We live in a very vast location and you never know what may be around the next corner, when your truck may break down miles and miles from home, when the weather may turn, or when even an unexpected injury will happen.

Our predators are typically the 4 legged kind, but you never know when you may run into the 2 legged kind as well. Our safety is a top priority and I feel that survival moms should know how to protect themselves and their children. I feel very strongly that women should not only carry a firearm, but be very knowledgeable on the gun they carry, know gun safety and know how to very accurately use their gun. This is a subject you will find in one of my upcoming posts, but I thought I would give you a little food for thought for those of you that do not carry.

Before I met my husband (aka Mountain Man), I was already busy running wild in the mountains and enjoying the outdoors. I grew up on a farm and my Dad wanted boys and ended up with two girls! As a result, my sister and I were the epitome of tomboys. I knew the outdoors and I LOVED it! I am thankful for the chivalrous nature of my Mountain Man, BUT when it comes to being in the outdoors, he knows I can hold my own and he expects me to know how to handle and take care of myself.

After having children, it only seemed natural to teach my children what I knew. Many are not used to the outdoors the way my Mountain Man and I are, which is why I want to take you through the steps for getting and keeping your family educated, trained and ready. Embracing things as a family is a great opportunity to grow as a family and also empower and nurture your children. When they see Mom and Dad do it, the kids are more likely to jump in and be enthusiastic.

Why YOU Need Outdoor Skills, too

Ladies, if you have a very chivalrous man and maybe even a proud man that wants to show you he is fully capable of taking care of yourself and your family, that is a very genuine man. However, he is not doing you any favors if he does it all for you. If you, yourself, are not interested in learning and allow your husband to do everything while you are camping or in the outdoors, you are not doing yourself any favors either.  Let me explain…

Let’s say that your husband falls and breaks his ankle during your next excursion.  What will you do?

Let’s say you are all out camping, and one of your children wonders off and gets lost.  You split up in an effort to find your child. It is getting dark and you have been unsuccessful in finding them.  Does your child know enough to survive, lost, for a night without you?

This is critical!!!  This is why, even though our family is very well versed in survival, we still go out as a family and practice our skills every chance we get. The old adage “Practice Makes Perfect” is just as important as “Knowledge Is Power”!

The entire family should know what gear to carry, what to carry on their person, how to light a fire, how to build a shelter, how to get safe drinking water and how to sustain themselves in any situation. You never know what may happen when you are out on even a simple hike.

Every day, I wear a paracord survival bracelet that my son made me. I have 9′ of paracord at my disposal ALL the time. I carry a lighter in my pocket, a pocket knife on my jeans, and my Keltek .380 P-3AT is holstered on my belt. My son is equipped with the same things and then some. Having those simple things on our person can save our lives. (This is referred to as your EDC, or Every Day Carry.)

This spring. our family practiced the whole 9 yards, including staying out for the night. Here is a little video of our excursion. As part of this new series here on The Survival Mom blog, I will walk you through what we carry in our packs, the varying ways we start fires, build shelters, hunt for food, etc.

This is just one part of a series of posts where I will provide how-to information and videos that you can watch with your children or as a family. I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you and hope to encourage you to embrace these tasks as a family.

 

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Survival Lessons for Students from Sesame Street http://thesurvivalmom.com/survival-lessons-for-students-from-sesame-street/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/survival-lessons-for-students-from-sesame-street/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:01:32 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=19661 Prepare even the youngest kiddos for common emergencies with online tools and resources! Rather than mom-to-mom wisdom, I’m sharing a compiled list of online tools and resources you can use to help you prepare your little ones mentally and physically Read More

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sesame streetPrepare even the youngest kiddos for common emergencies with online tools and resources!

Rather than mom-to-mom wisdom, I’m sharing a compiled list of online tools and resources you can use to help you prepare your little ones mentally and physically for emergencies they may encounter—even if you aren’t there to help. One great resources for a wide variety of ages is the Red Cross’ “Masters of Disaster” program for grades K-8. Some of these are even great for homeschooling!

So choose an age group and get started on your survival lessons for students!

Ages 2-6

Sesame Street has a great episode including several quick videos about being prepared for emergencies. The videos are in the context of “Fairy Tale Emergencies” and can spark conversations without scaring little ones.

The tool kit contains even more videos explaining what “being prepared” means, what constitutes an emergency, and basic information for this age group.

Fire Safety activities, printables, and planning ideas from Sparky the Fire Dog are perfect!

Ages 7-10

New York City officials have put together some interesting “Choose your Own” stories for emergencies like power outages, heavy snow, hurricanes, and heat waves that are interactive and informative.  One word of caution: because it’s a New York City, government-produced resource, it advises kids to do things like go to the designated shelter or cooling center. Discuss whether this is something you really want your kids to before they visit the site, and discuss your preferred alternatives, as well as whether designated centers are even an option. These PDF files are printable.

Ready.gov has created some activities by school-age groups, as well.  There’s a lot of educational jargon and waaaay more political justification than you need to actually implement the activities, but you can access those lesson plans here.

Go Bag for Kids has some cute animated videos about surviving earthquakes and tsunamis.  Scroll all the way down to find the embedded videos.

Florida’s Division of Emergency has some great online games—including building a virtual emergency kit that you can later print out—at Kids Get a Plan.

I also liked the printable checklists your kids can print and either compare against their own kits and go-bags or build themselves from the CDC website.

A printable, interactive Disney workbook includes activities and ideas for kids. It was developed with the Red Cross for Disaster Preparedness Month and addresses major and minor weather events.

Ages 11-14

Have kids check out the map from Ready.gov to learn more about recent large-scale events or disasters in each state, and which ones are most likely to happen. Your older kids can click on their state and get recent emergency-related headlines with real pictures, explore the most common weather events in your state, and get tips for what to do before, during, and after these types of emergencies.  If your kids stay the night with friends or spend time away from home, this is a great way to empower them to be more self-reliant.

A fun, interactive game from PBS kids gives scenarios of things that might happen when parents aren’t home.  They score points by making responsible decisions and following mom’s written instructions. My kids loved this one.

Ages 15+

If your teens are not in Scouting, consider having them take a CPR training course at your local YMCA or Red Cross. I liked this video of teenagers practicing their CPR/lifeguard training.

Additionally, the CDC has put together a story about a pandemic that is in comic book or “graphic novel” form. Curiously, the virus makes people zombies, so it’s geared toward older kids. They have to hunker down until their food runs out, then they worry about how much gas is in the car to get help.

Florida’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has its full teen workbook online for PDF download and can be useful for disasters in many regions.

Survival Lessons for Kids – Remember to Follow Up

As with any lesson, talk with you kiddos about the activities and use them as a springboard for conversation and/or modifying your own emergency preparedness plans.  Feel free to add your favorite ideas and links in the comments below. And for a complete scope and sequence of kids’ preparedness, click this link. Happing prepping!

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The Well-Trained Babysitter http://thesurvivalmom.com/babysitter-training/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/babysitter-training/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:00:00 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=19432 This may surprise you, but I was a lousy babysitter. I wasn’t interested in playing with my young charges, had to work hard to gin up any enthusiasm for their knock-knock jokes, and was always relieved when the parents got home. Read More

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Equip your kid to babysit with this excellent Red Cross babysitter training course. It's online, entertaining, super-helpful. | via www.TheSurvivalMom.com

Babysitter training

This may surprise you, but I was a lousy babysitter. I wasn’t interested in playing with my young charges, had to work hard to gin up any enthusiasm for their knock-knock jokes, and was always relieved when the parents got home.

I just wasn’t a kid-person.

Now that I have my own kids and a daughter of babysitting age, my tune has changed. My daughter is a kid-person and can hardly wait until she’s old enough to work in the baby nursery at church. She truly enjoys being around kids, and so, makes a great babysitter.

Even with those natural talents, though, I want her to have additional babysitter training. This began 2 years ago with a first aid and CPR class. As the daughter of Survival Mom, she naturally has her own emergency backpack, which she packed herself, and is more in tune with situational awareness than the average kid.

The Red Cross Online Babysitting Course

When I was asked by the American Red Cross to review their online babysitter training course, it was a no-brainer. My daughter was happy for the additional training, and I was glad she would be learning more about working with kids, handling problems, and running her babysitting business as a real business.

Here is what she had to say about the course:

I love kids! I always have and always will. I’ve been through several babysitting and mommy’s helper jobs and have loved every moment. However, I have always had some doubt as to certain abilities of mine, particularly conflict resolution and what to do if a child should harm themselves. But those concerns are no more, now that I have taken Red Cross’s Babysitting Basics online course. They go over every possible aspect of babysitting, from how to create a resume to playtime, mild scrapes to full-on injuries.

The course, all together, lasts about four hours, and is divided into six individual lessons, complete with quizzes and a final exam. There are many helpful downloadable templates for various things, such as resumes, interview sheets, parent reports, business cards, and much more, which are very helpful for someone who is just starting out and wants to be professional. The videos use simple language, have More Info tabs if you are confused, and a transcript for each video, which is handy for deaf or hard of hearing students.

The course itself is one of the best I have ever come across (okay, I’ve only done one or two small courses, one of which was a book by American Girl, but you get what I mean). Professionalism, safety, and keeping a level head are highly encouraged, as well as clear communication with your parents and the parents of the child you will be taking care of. I especially appreciated a method they suggested for resolving conflicts, as well as their emphasis on keeping both yourself and the children in your care safe from harm and what to do if harm should come to you.

The only things I and my mother (the Survival Mom) had difficulty with were the initial registration and launching of the course, and one or two of the quiz questions were confusingly worded. Overall, however, once everything is up and running, this course is definitely worth your time and money if you are looking to get started in your babysitting career.

UPDATE: 

Last week, soon after I’d gone through the babysitting course, I was offered a job of watching three young girls, whom I’d babysat before, for about four hours. Thankfully, I did not have to use my new knowledge of what to do in an emergency, but the part of the course dealing with discipline helped.

There were more than a few arguments (most of which were small, sibling rivalry issues that I let them sort out), but there were several more serious spats and disobedient behaviors. I remembered not to raise my voice, and tried to use the acronym, F.I.N.D. to conclude the arguments. I also remembered to lock the doors and to give heads-up warnings before it was time to get ready for bed. Overall, it went pretty smoothly, and I’m quite pleased.

How to sign up for the class

Perhaps the reason I didn’t enjoy babysitting is that I didn’t have any type of training. For me, the job consisted of showing up at someone’s house at an appointed time, hanging around and making sure the kids didn’t kill each other. As with any skill, the more you know, the more you enjoy the task.

The Red Cross Babysitting Basics course is well worth its $25 fee, and the Red Cross has found that 80% of parents are more likely to hire a babysitter who has taken their class. Putting the information together was no easy task, and experts in all areas were called in to contribute.

The final result is professional, easy to follow, and entertaining. It’s designed for kids ages 11 through 15. A much more advanced, hands-on class is offered for older teenagers, Advanced Child Care Training with pediatric first aid and CPR.

Both classes are ideal for anyone who might be involved with taking care of kids, either in a babysitting scenario, Sunday School classes, summer camp, or working as a nanny.

The Babysitting Basics course is the perfect gift for any kid who wants to start babysitting but needs information and training.

This article sponsored by the American Red Cross. All opinions are my own.

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Skill-Based Gift Ideas to Suit Every Survival Kid http://thesurvivalmom.com/survival-gifts-kids/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/survival-gifts-kids/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 04:47:16 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=19715 Browsing through the lists of skills kids should know and have, it occurred to me that those lists are excellent resources for gift ideas! Here are just a few gift suggestions from each list. What’s extra tricky about these lists and Read More

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Kids Gift Ideas SquareBrowsing through the lists of skills kids should know and have, it occurred to me that those lists are excellent resources for gift ideas! Here are just a few gift suggestions from each list.

What’s extra tricky about these lists and gift suggestions is that they make learning a new survival skill fun and will most likely involve everyone in the family. It’s hard to beat that combination.

From our original, classic list, “32 Survival Skills Your Child Should Know and Be Able to Do ASAP!”

SKILL: Grow vegetables from seeds.

GIFT: A Grow Bottle from SeedsNow.com. I love the idea of giving a gift that is an all-in-one kit for growing a practical and edible plant. Just for fun, check out these holiday ornaments that contain seeds for plants like Dog Grass, Catnip, and Wintergreen.

SKILL: Know basic first aid.

GIFT:very kid-friendly first aid kit, the medibag.

SKILL: How to read a map and use a compass.

GIFT: A copy of Survivor Kid and a good quality compass.

To see the complete list of these skills and, hopefully, generate some gift ideas for the young ones in your life, click here.

From our list, “32 Basic Survival Skills Kids”

SKILL: Pack your own survival pack.

GIFT: One of the very nice, quality packs from Flying Circle Bags. Include some basic supplies, like a LED flashlight or UV Paqlite, some high calorie “survival bars”, a roll of duct tape, and some paracord.

SKILL: Follow a recipe.

GIFT: A fun kids recipe book, measuring spoons, and other basic kitchen supplies.

SKILL: Make a meal without power.

GIFT: Materials to make a solar cooker, instructions, and the promise to work on this project together. The Solar Cooking Science Kit is a good place to start. I’d suggest the Sun Oven, but that’s a little pricey for a kid’s gift!

SKILL: Know and use home and natural remedies.

GIFT: A basket of mild essential oils (lavender and lemon, for example), seeds for an herb garden, and a copy of A Kid’s Herb Book. Buy the book ahead of time to get more ideas of what to include in that basket! We reviewed the book here.

Read the entire list of skills here.

Suburban and urban kids need plenty of skills, too! Here are gift ideas from “32 Mental and Urban Survival Skills for Kids”

SKILL: Know how to manage money and set a budget.

GIFT: Financial Peace Junior and a small stash of Christmas gift cash to get the budget/savings process started.

SKILL: Self-defense.

GIFT: A series of lessons at a good, local martial arts school.

SKILL: Shoot a gun, including the use of eye and ear protection.

GIFT: An air-soft rifle, BB gun or .22 rifle. Include goggles and good quality ear protection.

To review the entire list of mental and urban survival skills, click here.

Finally, wilderness survival skills from our list, “32 Wilderness Survival Skills for Kids”

SKILL: Tie different types of knots.

GIFT: A roll of paracord and knot-tying instructions. This game, Knot So Fast, combines knot tying with some fun competition.

SKILL: Dutch oven cooking.

GIFT: Their own Dutch oven, a Dutch oven cookbook, heat safe mitts, and a chimney charcoal starter. Boys and girls alike will love learning this skill!

SKILL: Identify and understand animal tracks and scat.

GIFT: The Who Pooped…? series of books features animal scat information for different parts of the country, including the Black Hills and a few other National Parks. A book my kids thoroughly enjoyed is Tracks, Scats and Signs.

Our entire list of wilderness skills can be found here.

 

Enjoy these gift suggestions now in the holiday season and for every special occasion throughout the year!

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32 Basic Survival Skills for Kids http://thesurvivalmom.com/32-basic-survival-skills-kids/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/32-basic-survival-skills-kids/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:00:00 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=19309 Kids come in all ages. Not all skills are appropriate for younger kids, in particular. Basic Survival 1. Trust your instincts 2. Develop situational awareness 3. Think ahead and always have a plan. 4. Pack own survival pack 5. Be Read More

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basic survivalKids come in all ages. Not all skills are appropriate for younger kids, in particular.

Basic Survival

1. Trust your instincts
2. Develop situational awareness
3. Think ahead and always have a plan.
4. Pack own survival pack
5. Be able to run and walk a good distance; be in generally good shape
6. Dress appropriately for weather conditions

Food and Water

7. Find water and identify if it’s safe to drink
8. Learn uses for water that isn’t safe to drink, such as cleaning
9. Learn to filter and boil water to drink
10. Grow vegetables and herbs from seeds (even in an apartment)
11. Know which foods have the highest nutrients and what a healthy diet consists of, and eat that way.
12. Open canned food with and without can opener (rub can lid ridge on cement and then pry open with knife)
13. Follow a recipe
14. Know multiple ways to prepare food
15. Make a meal without power – for the oven, lights, or anything else
16. Preserve food, preferably more than one way
17. Know how long refrigerated and frozen food stays safe to eat, and how to maximize that time
18. Identify if food is too spoiled to eat

Health and First Aid

19. When to call 911, what to say
20. First aid – start with basic first aid, work up to CPR, wilderness first aid and even EMT for older youth
21. Know and use home and natural remedies
22. Know and administer essential medical equipment (such as oxygen tanks or epipens) used by family
23. Know where to find and how to administer essential medicine (such as insulin or nitroglycerin) for family
24. Know any family allergies, especially life-threatening ones, and where to find the epi-pen, if anyone has one
25. Assist an injured or otherwise handicapped person
26. Survival sanitation
27. Basic hygiene practices – and how it differs from survival sanitation

Survival Skills

28. Find or build a shelter using whatever is available to you
29. Swimming and floating
30. Safely use a knife
31. Keep a blade tool clean and sharp
32. Sew enough to mend clothing and make simple items such as bags or scrap quilts

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“I’m a Survival Girl” contest! http://thesurvivalmom.com/survival-girls-contest-barbies/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/survival-girls-contest-barbies/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:17:00 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18722 Attention girls, ages 8-12! Show off your Survival Girl skills and knowledge in this fun contest! We’d love to hear all about what you have done to become better prepared for everyday emergencies. Have you learned how to sew or Read More

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Survival Girls 2Attention girls, ages 8-12! Show off your Survival Girl skills and knowledge in this fun contest!

We’d love to hear all about what you have done to become better prepared for everyday emergencies. Have you learned how to sew or grow a garden? Have you packed your own emergency kit or taken a first aid class?

Here’s your chance to show off and win some cool prizes at the same time!

RULES

You must be a girl, ages 8-12, and live in the United States.

Your entry must consist of both photos and a written paragraph documenting what you have done.

Submit at least 4 photos, but no more than 8. They don’t have to be professional quality but should provide a clear image of what you have done. Example:  A photo of the contents of your emergency bag.

The written paragraph should explain and give details about what you have done, what you’ve learned, and why you consider yourself to be a Survival Girl. This isn’t Language Arts class, so don’t worry too much about grammar and spelling, but we can’t judge what we can’t understand! Ask a grown up to double-check what you’ve written, just to be sure it’s clear.

Please email entries to admin@thesurvivalmom.com with the paragraph in the body (message section) of the email and the photos attached. Entries must be received by midnight on Friday, December 5. Winners will be announced on or before Monday, December 15.

HOW ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED

It’s easy to pick up a few tips and pointers about a lot of different subjects, but it takes a lot of time (sometimes years!) to become an expert. We’re looking for Survival Girls who have gone beyond that first step of just picking up a few bits of information about a lot of areas and have started down the path toward being an expert.

Judging will be based on the entire entry, with photos and the paragraph carrying equal weight, as it demonstrates to our judging panel what you have learned and what you have accomplished as a Survival Girl.

PRIZES

5 winners will be selected.

Each winner will receive an Entrepreneur Barbie to recognize your pioneering and impressive efforts and a certificate of recognition.

In addition, the First and Second place winners will receive a birdhouse and 5 lbs of bird seed from Audubon Park.

First place winner will also receive a beautiful sterling silver Lovely Hearts Bracelet from IsabelleGrace.

 

 

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32 Mental and Urban Survival Skills for Kids http://thesurvivalmom.com/32-mental-urban-survival-skills-kids/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/32-mental-urban-survival-skills-kids/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:00:00 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=19308 Kids come in all ages, abilities, and levels of emotional and mental maturity. As you read this list, keep in mind that not all skills are appropriate for younger kids, in particular. Although these are listed as urban survival skills, Read More

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32 mental and urban skills for kids

Kids in the cities and suburbs need to know these skills.

Kids come in all ages, abilities, and levels of emotional and mental maturity. As you read this list, keep in mind that not all skills are appropriate for younger kids, in particular.

Although these are listed as urban survival skills, the truth is they are relevant for most kids living a modern life, not just those in cities. Some of these, particularly escape and evasion, aren’t things most of us need in daily life (sibling issues aside), but kids should use and practice most of these skills in their regular daily life.

Cyber and Personal Security

1. Know who to trust with personal information
2. Recognize the sound of gunfire and know what to do if you hear it
3. Identify and know how to escape elevators and other potential “trap points” in your daily life
4. Online safety – not sharing personal information, etc.
5. Identifying dangerous people and groups online, and where to find help
6. If the family has an emergency stash of food and supplies, know where it is and how to access it

Emotional Well-Being

7. Set goals and know how to achieve them
8. Be responsible for themselves
9. Develop problem solving skills
10. Work hard: be a self-starter and a family helper not a complainer!
11. Have a strong faith in something greater than yourself (live morally, memorize religious verses, pray, sing, etc.)
12. Stay calm
13. Manage boredom
14. Handle disappointment, manage anger, and overcome fear

Escape and Evasion

15. Conceal vs. cover
16. What to do if they ever get lost
17. Blend in when necessary
18. Where to hide if in danger, both inside and outside
19. Know where family and friends live if they need to find them
20. Where to find water and shelter in a city
21. Be aware of the nearest exit, and the next-nearest
22. How, why and when to stay hidden
23. Assist an injured or otherwise handicapped person getting to safety when there is no power

Financial Savvy

24. Money management – saving, spending wisely, balancing a checkbook, using a credit or debit card (and the differences between them)
25. Bargain and trade (kids naturally do this with their toys so teach them at garage sales)
26. Hiding their assets and knowing how to find any “emergency cash stash” their family has
27. Identify items of higher value in different situations (e.g., batteries may become very valuable with power out, but not with it running)

Self Defense

28. Basic unarmed self defense
29. Shoot a sling shot
30. Make and use a basic weapon
31. Understand and use basic gun safety procedures, even if they can’t shoot
32. Shoot a gun, including basic eye and ear protection

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32 Wilderness Survival Skills for Kids http://thesurvivalmom.com/wilderness-survival-skills-kids/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/wilderness-survival-skills-kids/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:00:11 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=19287 Our very popular list, 32 Survival Skills Your Child Should Know and Be Able To Do ASAP, has been well received but we noticed there were important skills and pieces of knowledge that were missing. So, we went to work Read More

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32 wilderness survival skillsOur very popular list, 32 Survival Skills Your Child Should Know and Be Able To Do ASAP, has been well received but we noticed there were important skills and pieces of knowledge that were missing. So, we went to work and created this wilderness skill set and an urban survival skill set, which is coming up next week.

Keep Kids come in all ages. Not all skills are appropriate for younger kids, in particular.

Basic Wilderness Survival Skills for Kids

1. Rowing and steering a rowboat, canoe, and any other watercraft common in your area

2. Safely use an axe and/or hatchet

3. Safely build, start, maintain, and extinguish fires, including fires for signaling, warmth, and cooking

4. Prep wood for fire, from kindling through larger logs

5. Make firestarters from a variety of resources, including those you can find in the woods

6. Keep a blade tool clean and sharp

7. Tie different types of knots

8. Water safety, beyond just swimming

9. Camouflage

Camping

10. Find or build a shelter in the wilderness

11. Select a campsite, including weather and safety considerations

12. Make a tarp shelter

13. Camping in multiple weather zones and environments (beach, snow)

14. Local edible and medicinal plant foraging skills

15. Stay warm, cool, and dry in the elements

16. Pitch a tent

17. Understand dietary needs and how to meet them using wild plants and game

Finding Their Way

18. Climb a tree to get away from predators, to get directional bearings, and to hunt

19. Read several kinds of maps (including topographic) and use at least one kind of compass

20. Read the sky for directions, time and approaching bad weather

21. Use a GPS

Food

22. Dutch oven cooking

23. Raise food livestock

24. Slaughter and prepare food livestock for eating

25. Build and use a cooking fire

Local Wildlife

26. Identify and understand animal tracks and scat

27. Understand basic feral animal behavior

28. Recognize dangerous local animals, their habitats, and signs they are nearby

29. Identify local poisonous animals, their habitats

30. Identify local edible plants and animals, their habitat

31. Fish and hunt using a bow and a gun

32. Clean and prepare fish and wild game for eating

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Sensible Strategies for Teaching Gun Safety: Guns and fire are a lot alike http://thesurvivalmom.com/gun-safety-for-kids/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/gun-safety-for-kids/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 07:00:04 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18380 Continuing with my series on the topic of gun safety for kids, here is my next tip. Tip #4:  Guns and fire are a lot alike. One of the earliest safety rules I ever taught my kids was to never Read More

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Continuing with my series on the topic of gun safety for kids, here is my next tip.

Tip #4:  Guns and fire are a lot alike.

One of the earliest safety rules I ever taught my kids was to never touch fire. You would think it was obvious, with the heat and all, but there’s something alluring about a beautiful flickering, orange and gold flame that draws kids like, well, a moth. Those brightly colored flames can be just as alluring as the handguns and rifles we have in our homes.

It only takes a single close encounter with a flame to make a memorable impression. An encounter with a 12-gauge shotgun does the same.

Several years ago, my husband purchased a shotgun while I was away on a business trip. When I returned, my son couldn’t wait to show me the new gun in the closet. He was completely entranced with this new firearm and asked to see it over and over again.

A few days later we were at the range, and he was practically giddy over finally having the chance to fire this cool, new gun. Well, he fired it exactly once. With my husband crouched down behind him and supporting him, the recoil still scared him silly. Three years later, and much taller and stronger, he again fired the shotgun at the range. He hated the recoil, it left a bruise on his shoulder, and he’s not crazy about shooting it again, any time soon.

The gun did, indeed, look very cool, but a close encounter can change a young mind pretty quickly.

In many ways, a gun is a lot like fire. They can both be used to save lives and both play important roles in our homes and communities, but we need to learn now how to use them safely. We manage to teach fire safety to kids just fine. Why not apply those same rules to teaching gun safety?

  • Both fire and guns are tools and not toys.
  • Fire can save lives but can also be deadly. This holds true for guns.
  • Equipment used to start fires should be kept out of the reach of children. Guns and ammunition should be stored safely as well.
  • ‘Don’t touch!’ is a good, basic rule for young ones.
  • Supervision is a key component to good safety training.
  • Both a fire and a gun can quickly cause a dangerous scene that can get out of control.

 

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5 Halloween items to buy for your safety (it’s not what you think!) http://thesurvivalmom.com/5-halloween-items-buy-safety-think/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/5-halloween-items-buy-safety-think/#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 06:00:02 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=19103 Did you know there are several Halloween props that can be useful for your safety? I’m not talking about glow sticks and paper products (although those are great to have) – I’m talking about the makeup, body parts and costumes. Read More

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Did you know there are several Halloween props that can be useful for your safety? I’m not talking about glow sticks and paper products (although those are great to have) – I’m talking about the makeup, body parts and costumes.

Imagine a long power outage where people start scavenging for food. Imagine a long-term lockdown or quarantine where supplies might be in demand or confiscated.

Dress Up for You and Your Home

There could be a time and place where you might want to stage your house to deter unwanted visitors and by scouring the after Halloween sales, you can come up with quite a few supplies for cheap that could be useful.

  • Costumes, wigs, and temporary hair coloring
  • Makeup
  • Fake blood and body parts
  • Caution tape and cobwebs
  • Spray paint

Caution tape and a little makeup could make your house an instant quarantine area.

Various body part decorations could make your house look like it’s already been attacked. Coupled with some caution tape, it’s a crime scene.

Spray paint and cobwebs can make a house look abandoned. And costumes, along with wigs and makeup, can change how a person looks.

Makeup and fake blood could also be used to create various medical conditions that could keep people away or help you get whisked to safety.

Use your imagination …

I’m not advocating out-right lying or deceiving people about serious situations for fun. I’m also not advocating anything criminal, like impersonating a police officer, but how many doctors do you think actually have things like scrubs or a lab coat – “doctor-y clothing” – with them outside of the office? It is entirely possible that you, someone you know, or a stranger you shelter could be an off-duty professional and a few select items could give them some instant credibility for their profession.

A few prop weapons, and you could fake an attack on someone that scares off would-be intruders without actually hurting anyone. Some glow-in-the-dark hair spray, body paint, etc. and it’s suddenly easier to find the kids or follow each other on a path in the darkness. Of course, it’s also easier for others to find you without you seeing them.

If we ever did face desperate times, it could call for desperate measures to keep our loved ones and property safe. If  you needed your kid out of school right now in an emergency and wearing a simple costume like a lab coat or gas mask would make it happen, would you really hesitate?

By making your house look abandoned and already rifled through or already searched by authorities, people may steer clear and move on to another area, keeping you safe. If you wonder why this would be good, just think about what happened in New Orleans post-Katrina.

Go take a look at the Halloween supplies and imagine what ways you could change the look of your home, and possibly even your loved ones.

Have you thought about staging your house? What supplies do you have on hand or would you recommend people getting to change its look?+

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