What Kids Teach About Preparedness

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There is a lot to learn about preparedness from a kid's perspective. Let your kids teach about preparedness, you'll be surprised how much they understand. | PreparednessMama

There is a lot to learn about preparedness from a kid’s perspective. Let your kids teach about preparedness, you’ll be surprised how much they understand. As a family, we recently took the time to go through our 72-hour kits. As much as I should be a shining example of an up-to-date super prepped kit, I’m […]

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7 Things To Do to Prepare for Winter Weather

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These 7 ideas to prepare for winter weather will make you merry and bright! They provide safety, security, and peace of mind so you can focus on family | PreparednessMama.com

These 7 ideas to prepare for winter weather will make you merry and bright! They provide safety, security, and peace of mind so you can focus on family. It’s finally feeling like fall here in Oregon, although I know several areas of the country have already had snow. It’s been a crazy year for weather! […]

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10 Preparedness Thoughts After the Disasters

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These 10 preparedness thoughts lead me to a conclusion- it's not going to be someone else affected for much longer. The possibility that you or I will be affected by something big is increasing | PreparednesMama

These 10 preparedness thoughts lead me to a conclusion- it’s not going to be someone else affected for much longer. The possibility that you or I will be affected by something big is increasing. My hometown is Houston, Texas, so Hurricane Harvey hit close to home, even if I don’t live there. Very little of […]

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Stranger Danger and Personal Safety for Kids

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Unfortunately, in today's world, we need to teach personal safety for kids. Get resources for teaching young kids about strangers and potentially dangerous people and situations | PreparednessMama

Unfortunately, in today’s world, we need to teach personal safety for kids. Get resources for teaching young kids about strangers and potentially dangerous people and situations. Growing up my family had a board game called Strangers and Dangers. It was like the game of Life only the choices weren’t “pick up a wife” and “go […]

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Pet First Aid for Emergencies or Everyday

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It is important to know how to take care of your pet during emergencies. Knowing pet first aid techniques may save you money and even save their life | PreparednessMama

It is important to know how to take care of your pet during emergencies. Knowing pet first aid techniques may save you money and even save their life. In January we adopted our first cat. My husband grew up in a house constantly claiming 2-3 cats so he was pretty excited and confident. I had […]

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Keeping kids healthy and hydrated over summer break

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Keeping kids healthy and hydrated can be a challenge during summer break. Warm weather and freedom from school can lull us into a false sense of security | PreparednessMama

Keeping kids healthy and hydrated can be a challenge during summer break. Warm weather and freedom from school can lull us into a false sense of security. Summer is full of all sorts of fun and adventures. Swimming, sprinklers, hiking and camping, fun camps and playgroups. The options are limitless! And of course it’s not […]

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Prepping with Kids: Yoga for Stress Refief

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Prepping with Kids, Yoga for stress relief | PreparednessMama

Some days being a kid is just plain stressful. Use these poses to teach your kids yoga for stress relief. It’s a skill they need to learn now so they can use it in the future. Now that you’re a little way into summer, it feels appropriate to revisit coping with trauma. LOL! How are […]

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Safe and Sound on the Home Front

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Crime prevention through environmental design. While not a cure-all, these principles are simple guidelines for decreasing the likelihood a criminal will find your home inviting | PreparednessMama

Crime prevention through environmental design. While not a cure-all, these principles are simple guidelines for decreasing the likelihood a criminal will find your home inviting. Last month Portland was pounded by some fantastic storms! We went through power outages, tree branches down everywhere, lots of rain and wind, and a little flooding as the icing […]

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Summer Survivor Challenge

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While parents try to survive the roller coaster of summer break, you can channel your kid’s competitive side with this fun summer survivor challenge! | PreparednessMama

While parents try to survive the roller coaster of summer break, you can channel your kid’s competitive side with this fun Summer Survivor Challenge! Summer break is upon us! I really wrestle with summer break! I love that my schedule and demands die down and we have some freedom to explore and play, BUT I […]

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Summer Survivor Challenge

While parents try to survive the roller coaster of summer break, you can channel your kid’s competitive side with this fun summer survivor challenge! | PreparednessMama

While parents try to survive the roller coaster of summer break, you can channel your kid’s competitive side with this fun Summer Survivor Challenge! Summer break is upon us! I really wrestle with summer break! I love that my schedule and demands die down and we have some freedom to explore and play, BUT I […]

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Hands on Coping Activities for Kids

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Hands on coping activities for kids with trauma. Try implementing these 5 tips on a daily basis or add them to your regular routine as-needed basis | PreparednessMama

Hands on coping activities for kids with trauma. Try implementing these 5 tips on a daily basis or add them to your regular routine as-needed basis. As promised here are some hands-on activities to do with your kids to help with coping. These activities will help with general stress and frustration for kids, as well […]

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10 Facts About Trauma and Kids

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10 Facts About Trauma and Kids

We are so excited for tonight! Preparedness fairs are the best and you’ll find that there is always something new to learn from them. We’re really looking forward to being able to share the Lake Oswego Oregon Preparedness Fair with you over at Facebook LIVE. Tune in HERE at our Facebook Page at 5 PM Pacific […]

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10 Reasons to Understand Trauma

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10 Reasons you need to understand trauma | PreparednessMama

10 reasons why you need to understand trauma and its effect on your family. Resilience is possible with a plan in place and knowledge to see you through. Judging by the fact you are on a site called PreparednessMama, I’m going to safely assume you are a planner or at least feel a desire to […]

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Prepping With Kids: Preparedness Coloring Books!

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If coloring is a favorite family pastime, then print a few of these free preparedness coloring books. Get the discussion going over your crayons. | PreparednessMama

Color Me Prepared! Coloring books are all the rage and zen these days. Which is great because there’s nothing that makes my heart soar and calms my nerves like coloring. I tend to buy coloring books for myself as much as my kids, and we have a substantial library of coloring book options and tools. […]

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5 lessons I’ve Learned Trying to Rekindle My Preparedness Kit Romance

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Rekindle your preparedness kit romance. Get your 72-hour kit out of the closet, brush off the dust. Bring it back to the way things used to be | PreparednessMama

Rekindle your preparedness kit romance. Get your 72-hour kits out of the closet, brush off the dust. Bring it back to the way things used to be. Hello, February!! We’ve had many crazy snow and ice storm days here in the Pacific NW since the beginning of the year. As if I needed more than […]

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Prepping With Kids: Disaster Obstacle Course

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Prepping With Kids: Make a disaster obstacle course to teach kids about disasters | PreparednessMama

A preparedness challenge for all ages. The key to transferring the disaster obstacle course game into real preparedness is the conversation after you finish. Your family will love this game! January has been a month of surviving! Snowstorms, ice storms, winter break, snow days, sick days, the flu (2x), and an ear infection all visited […]

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10 Preparedness Goals for the New Year

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10 Preparedness goals to set and do with the kids this year | PreparednessMama

It’s time to get back on track… I’m a hardcore list maker so New Year’s resolutions make me giddy. I love the idea and hope of a new year. Most of all I love opportunities for growth, improvement, and learning. As I finish an incredibly crazy busy, change-filled year, I find that my preparedness goals […]

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Prepping with Kids: Gratitude and Resilience

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as you practice gratitude your overall resilience will increase. Tools to increase gratitude and resilience in kids | PreparednessMama

As you practice gratitude your overall resilience will increase. Get tools to help increase gratitude and resilience in kids every day. Gratitude is a big topic this time of year. Although if you’re like me and trying to prepare for Thanksgiving dinner or travel, gratitude is the farther thing from your mind. We always have […]

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Let’s Talk, One Scaredy Cat to Another

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Let's talk - one scaredy cat to another. Taking the scared out of being prepared. How to do you manage? | PreparednessMama

Happy HALLOWEEN! Hopefully, you are all ready for trick or treaters and your costumes are ready to go? If not, know you are just as prepared as the rest of us. Together we can do our last minute shopping and late night sewing of costumes. Maybe you have enjoyed the fun that October has to […]

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Prepping With Kids: Preparing for Stress

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You need to understand the effects of stress and how to manage it, both for yourself and for your kids. Prepare for stress, it's the key ingredient to resilience. And isn't that the goal, the most vital preparation we can make? | PreparednessMama

If there’s anything we are really good at it’s creating and being stressed. We can be a poster child for burning the candle at both ends, and sometimes in the middle. We are not alone in this. With our stress load, we can get together and create a burnt-out anonymous group! As we enter the […]

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Prepping With Kids: Practice Makes Perfect

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Anything worth having is worth effort and when it comes to prepping with kids practice makes perfect. Give your kids confidence during an emergency | PreparednessMama

Practice is the key to anything you want to do well. I’ve written about some of the lesser known or acknowledged aspects of preparedness over the last few months. Hopefully, it’s opened your eyes to a new understanding of what a prepared home looks like. Preparedness is a lifestyle in itself that requires awareness and […]

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Lifestyle of a Prepared Family

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The prepared family lifestyle is one of order. There is certainly room for spontaneity, but having systems in place will help during an emergency | PreparednessMama

For most parents, summer break has begun in all is fantastic fun and chaos. We often have a love-hate relationship with summer break. We love the freedom and opportunities but hate the lack of schedule and how our kids respond to it. Which is why this topic is incredibly pertinent for all of us right […]

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Prepping WIth Kids: Obedience, Chores, and Cleanliness

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Teaching obedience chores and cleanliness is the foundation of teaching preparedness to kids | PreparednessMama

The foundation for prepared children As parents, we strive hard to teach good habits to our children, but sometimes we forget to explain the importance and worth of obedience chores and cleanliness to our children.  When we help them understand why these habits are important we help them become internalized. So, if you’re not enforcing […]

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Prepping With Kids Series: Teaching Kids to Call 911

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Teaching kids to call 911 is an important preparedness step to keep them safe. Ideas to get you started | PreparednessMama

 An essential preparedness skill. Editor: Welcome back, Tyra! We’re excited to have you as a monthly contributor for the “Prepping With Kids” series. First off, I have to say how excited I am to be back at PreparednessMama! Oh, how I’ve missed y’all! Thank you for being such supportive and fantastic readers! We are so […]

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