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Do you play the ‘What if …’ game with your kids?

Our family likes to play the “What if …” game, and it’s something you might want to consider for your family. Playing the “What if …” game lets us talk through different scenarios and do some emergency planning with kids. Hopefully, it will give them tools that we hope they will never have to use. However, if they do ever face an emergency situation, we’ll hope that it was a situation that we’ve talked about before. It doesn’t take much …

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13 Ways to Declare Your Personal Independence

We preppers like to talk about self-reliance and independence and, perhaps, we achieve a bit of that when it comes to growing our own food, having multiple ways to survive if/when the power goes out, and storing water for emergencies. However, we can still be very much chained by habits and mindsets that are much harder to change than just snagging a few extra cans of soup every trip to the grocery store. This Independence Day, why not declare your …

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Staying Focused On Prepping: 30 Awesome Quotes To Keep You Motivated

Motivation Monday What quotes come to mind on a day that has been particularly hard? What quotes keep you going when times get tough? Staying motivated long-term isn’t the easiest thing in the world, and when it comes to prepping, it’s so easy to get distracted. I tracked down these quotes that I found to be particularly motivating. Grab some colorful post it notes, copy down your favorite quotes and stick them on places you will see often. Don’t Give …

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Why Personal Survival Stories Are So Important

Here on the Survival Mom blog, some of the most popular articles have been real-life stories of survival. When I wrote my book, Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family For Everyday Disasters and Worst Case Scenarios, I included several stories from moms who had survived both natural and personal disasters. When the reviews started coming in, so many people mentioned how they loved these stories! Maybe my own interest and fascination with personal stories of survival began back when I …

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8 Tips For Making Big, Scary Decisions

Life is a bit interesting, isn’t it? It is exhilarating, scary, magnificent and confusing. We all trek along this journey of life with plans. Big and small, we all have plans. We have calendars, goal sheets, dream boards and apps that keep us on track. This works great if you know what you are doing. But what do you do when you’re faced with a big, scary decision? How do you decide what to do when you don’t know what …

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9 Ways to Train Your Brain to Respond in a Crisis

When I first began researching survival and preparedness, I can’t tell you how many hours were spent in shock and panic.  I read about the “golden hordes” who would soon, very soon, descend upon my suburban home shooting, stealing, and raping, although not in that particular order. According to some survivalists, we’re approaching a tipping point at which our world will begin to run out of oil, and we’ll be thankful to have two rocks to rub together to create …

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What’s In Your Emotional Backpack?

All of us have dealt with a backpack at some point in our lives. Remember loading up that crisp new back pack in fall, with anticipation for another school year. Backpacks are used to pack up emergency supplies as demonstrated in this article, camping gear and they are even popular to use as a diaper bag. One backpack we may not realize we carry is an emotional backpack. What is an emotional backpack? Picture yourself carrying around an invisible backpack, …

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When the Going Gets Tough, Protect Your Mental Health

I wrote a post five years ago for this blog entitled “Wabi Sabi: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.” The basic idea is that it’s important to accept less-than-perfect as being good-enough for most things. I’ve written nearly 100 posts now, and it’s still my favorite because I love that philosophy inspired by this book. It’s too easy to get wrapped up in small details and day-to-day worries. We end up stressed, exhausted bundles of anger, worried about all the wrong things. Maybe your minivan will suck if …

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How to Teach Your Kids About War

I sat in my 6th grade classroom in January 1991, when an announcement was made over the loudspeaker stating the war with Iraq had begun. The classroom was located on a military base in Japan and some of the students’ parents were deployed for the war. Some students sat stunned, some started crying, and a few laughed, not knowing at such a young age how to handle their emotions. Whenever there is war, there are children who have to find …

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21 Ways to Keep Your Cool When Everything Hits the Fan

Stress happens. Whether at work or school, some days you’re pushed to the edge, you feel the tension all over your body, and you aren’t sure whether to punch something or cry. We’ve all been there. We’ve all had bad days. But it’s not the end of the world (yet), and there are plenty of wholesome and pleasant ways to center yourself again. Here’s a list of 21 ways to keep your cool. Diffuse a soothing blend of essential oils. …

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