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The Best Strategy for Homeschooling When Life Gets Hard

Any homeschooling mom who tells you that homeschooling is a breeze is selling you a bag of goods. After homeschooling two kids from kindergarten through high school, well, let’s just say I’ve earned every gray hair on my head! I’ve learned that learning strategies for homeschooling are just part of the job. When I was a beginner at homeschooling, it wasn’t always easy, and these are a few tips I’ve learned since then, but over time, my family encountered many …

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What’s Bugging You? Dealing With Parasites in Humans

Many different types of parasites can affect us in the aftermath of a man-made or natural disaster. If we have a scenario of a large scale disaster or the grid goes down, we will encounter things, yucky things, that we normally wouldn’t, including parasites in humans. Crowded living conditions, shared clothing or personal items, and poor hand hygiene is a recipe for trouble that makes me want to stay home and not be forced (by necessity) to live in a …

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Last Minute Gifts for the Prepper Dad

Men! They can be so hard to buy for. My own husband is possibly the worst. This year I bought him a beautiful menorah and, wouldn’t you know, he just happened to open that particular Amazon box — after I had spent weeks wondering what I should get him. Bah, humbug!! If you, too, are at a loss as to what to get the men in your life, this list may prove to be a lifesaver, especially since so many …

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Clever Gifts For Your Non-Prepper Loved Ones

  You love your non-prepper family members, but they think you’re nuts. Until you show them your Life Straw or cool Swedish Survival knife, and they say, “Hey, that’s a good idea!” With graduation and wedding season around the corner, and for every gift-giving season, perhaps you would like to get your loved ones something that will leave them better prepared and motivated to think about preparedness. Where do you begin and how do you figure out what to get them? …

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14 Homemade & Budget-Friendly Christmas Gifts

Our favorite homemade & budget-friendly Christmas gifts don’t to take forever to make, and they don’t cost a fortune, either! We have actually given or received all of these, and you don’t have to have a lot of talent to create them. So as the clock ticks toward the big day and your shopping budget dwindles, consider making one or more of these! Our Favorite Homemade & Budget-Friendly Christmas Gifts: Christmas ornaments — Tiny green handprints in a circle make …

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9 Great Ideas to Improve Family Gatherings

Family gatherings. Whether it’s a big holiday, like Thanksgiving or Christmas, smaller ones like Memorial Day or Labor Day, or even a special event like a family reunion or a wedding, there are times when our extended families gather together. For a lot of us, these events are dreaded and something to endure, rather than enjoy because of family dynamics and long-term family conflicts that never seem to end. And the bigger the family, the harder it is to avoid family drama. …

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The Beginner’s Quick-Start Guide to Homeschooling

I homeschooled my kids from kindergarten through high school, and this fall my daughter, our first born, heads off to college. I guess you could say I have a bit of experience when it comes to homeschooling kids. However, I do remember what it was like when we first started. How to start homeschooling was a topic my husband and I discussed for hours. I had only ever known “education” in a classroom setting. I had attended public school from …

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My top 16 tips for beginning homeschoolers

Honestly? I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when my husband and I made the decision that I would homeschool our kids. How hard could it be? After all, not only had I been a classroom teacher for several years but I had even TAUGHT classroom teachers how to teach! I fully expected to be a Master Homeschooling Mom in no time at all. Well, the reality is that homeschooling is a whole other animal entirely. In fact, …

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32 Survival Skills Your Child Should Know and Be Able to Do ASAP!

Knowledge is something that takes time to develop, so we need to start teaching the next generation now. In case, God forbid, our children are left to fend for themselves or we are injured. Even just to make your family more apt to survive, every child must learn these basic survival skills everyone should know so they can pull their own weight and contribute as much as they can. Food water and other survival basics make up only a part …

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8 Classic Summer Jobs For the Industrious Teen

Whether you consider yourself a prepper, a survivalist or are simply striving to be self-sufficient, the basic building blocks for all these are responsibility and dedication. We teach young children these things through chores, extra-curricular activities, positive reinforcement and most importantly, by example. As children grow older, it is important to encourage them to be responsible and develop a life-long commitment to hard work. Let’s explore 8 classic summer jobs for industrious teens. Strict child-labor laws exist to ensure the …

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