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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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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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Celebrating During a Time of Crisis

My family lived in Northern Alabama and experienced the April 2011 Tornado Outbreak. We saw one of the tornadoes from our front window. I worked clean up and recovery after the storms and the damage and loss was devastating for so many people. Even those of us that were spared direct damage still had to deal with days (and for some, weeks) of no power. So, while we of course were thankful for being spared, there could have been a …

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5 Steps to Creating a Culture of Self-Reliance in Your Family

We have all known people who save everything. My grandmother is one of them. If there are four green beans left in the pot, she puts them in the freezer. I remember one specific visit with her, 27 years ago, where she asked me to get her a bowl of ice cream. What I thought was the container of vanilla ice cream was actually a container of saved bacon grease. Fast forward to today. She is now 96 years old, …

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Down and Dirty With Cloth Diapers

In discussions of infant-centered emergency preparedness, the topic of cloth diapers inevitably gets brought up. “They’re good for 72 hour kits because you can reuse them,” is what I hear most often. “So good for when the SHTF,” is another one. There’s just one problem – I’ve noticed that the people gushing about the emergency preparedness applications of cloth diapers don’t actually use them, themselves. This creates the false impression that one could simply go out, buy some diapers to …

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In Case The Zombies Get You…Death Preparedness

Death is not a pleasant eventuality to prepare for and many of us try not to think about it. Still it is one of the most important possibilities to prepare for. Not preparing leaves other people to decide what will happen to your body, children, pets, and possessions. Preparing for death is not just a depressing preparation for your demise. It can also ensure that your golden years stay yours instead of being hijacked by the medical system or well …

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21 Homeschool Resources For All Ages

When my parents first pulled my brother and me out of private school to educate us at home in 1994, we were on the very fringe of an often misunderstood movement. We knew only two other families who homeschooled their kids. We heard rumors that there were others, but had no way to get in touch with them. It was nearly impossible to find resources, so my mother used a lot of the same curriculum that had been used by …

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Organize & Reduce Clutter With These Tips!

Every year more stuff seems to accumulate. The closets, drawers, and cubbies become cluttered. Things are not as organized as they once were, and spaces just feel overwhelmed with stuff. Deciding what to keep and what to reduce is difficult. Here are a few skills that I have learned when it comes to organizing, and reducing my household clutter for the New Year. Reduce What You Own The Magic Questions Have you used it in 6 months? Does it have …

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32 Mental and Urban Survival Skills for Kids

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 …

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How to calm children in a crisis

Emergency situations can be difficult for anyone to face, but it can be especially hard for a child. It’s so important to know how to calm children in a crisis. Picture this situation: Fifteen children under the age of 10 and about 8 adults are crowded in a bathroom as a storm rages around the building. The children heard the word “tornado” and are scared. The crying and shaking start. “Are we going to die?” “What about Daddy?” “Where is …

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