No Profit From Rape & Violence. Please sign this petition.

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The move to make RDVSA tender for its work is ideological and it has the potential to allow an organisation to profit from rape. 

On 13 February 1800RESPECT, the national telephone and online counselling service for women, men and children experiencing domestic or sexual violence, was advertised for tender.

Since its inception, 1800RESPECT has been provided by specialist domestic violence and sexual assault trauma counsellors, employed by the Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (RDVSA).

RDVSA has been told it must tender for this work and, despite the exceptional support it provides, is unlikely to be successful without widespread community support.

Why does RDVSA have to compete with ‘the market’ to provide life-saving support to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence? 

RDVSA is a union workplace with almost all of its 100 specialist counsellors and support staff members of the Australian Services Union.

RDVSA is a feminist organisation which has been critical of this Federal Government’s approach to addressing domestic violence.

It’s not about money: in 2015 RDVSA sought an additional $2 million from the Federal Government to fund additional specialist counsellors and telephone hardware that would allow them to answer all calls- instead the Government gave $5 million to corporation Medibank Health Services (MHS) to provide a ‘triage service’ as part of 1800RESPECT.

RDVSA openly opposed this move by the Federal Government, that more specialist counsellors not a call centre was needed to support those experiencing domestic and sexual violence.

No one should be able to profit the trauma of those experiencing domestic and sexual violence.

10 Reasons Children Should Learn Archery

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Many studies have shown that students who are involved in extracurricular activities are far less likely to develop dangerous habits like smoking and drug abuse. Despite the heavy evidence supporting these facts, only 2.6 million of students from the ages 12-17 are actively enrolled in such activities. If you are looking for a good after-school […]

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The Dutch Raise The World’s Happiest Kids – So What Can We Learn?

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What does it take to raise happy, well-adjusted kids? A UNICEF study broke this question down into five factors: housing and environment, behaviors and risk, education, health and safety and material well-being. They used these categories to determine which industrialized countries were getting it right.

A 2013 UNICEF report found that American kids ranked 26th – just above Lithuania, Latvia and Romania — out of 29 countries, and children in the United Kingdom ranked 16th. Kids in the Netherlands ranked first.

The report is a follow-up to a 2007 study that also showed the Netherlands in first place, with the U.S. and U.K. in the lowest two slots.

Those study results come as no surprise to Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchison, the authors of the new book The Happiest Kids in the World. Acosta, who is American, and Hutchison, who is British, have first-hand experience in how differently the Dutch raise their children as compared with their native countries.

In their book, the two mothers, who are both married to Dutch men and are living in the Netherlands, identify several factors that are responsible for the sunny dispositions of Dutch children. The factors include more sleep for Dutch babies, less emphasis on academic achievement, more focus on family time and more involvement in childrearing by fathers.

More Sleep for Dutch Babies

Dutch parents guard the sleep time of their babies and are more careful not to overstimulate their babies than many American parents.

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This extra sleep may help Dutch babies be well-adjusted. According to a study by Washington State University that was published in the European Journal of Developmental Psychology, Dutch babies appear to be more contented than American babies are.

In addition, Dutch parents use toys less frequently to play with their babies than do American parents.

Less Emphasis on Academic Achievement

In the Netherlands, academic education begins after children turn six. Grades are not emphasized, and children in primary school rarely have homework.

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Dutch children play outdoors all year round in all weather, and they are usually unsupervised while they play. A popular parent saying is, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.”

Children are given a large amount of freedom as compared with American children, often riding their bikes to and from school and visiting friends on their own.

More Focus on Family Time

“The Netherlands have a reputation for being a liberal country with a tolerance of sex, drugs and alcohol, yet beneath this lies a closely guarded secret: the Dutch are actually fairly conservative people,” according to the authors in an article they wrote for the UK’s Telegraph.

“At the heart of Dutch culture is a society of home-loving people who place the child firmly at the center. Parents have a healthy attitude towards their kids, seeing them as individuals rather than as extensions of themselves. They understand that achievement doesn’t necessarily lead to happiness, but that happiness can cultivate achievement.

“The Dutch have reined in the anxiety, stress and expectations of modern-day parenting, redefining the meaning of success and wellbeing. For them, success starts with happiness – that of their children and themselves.”

The authors stress that Dutch families value togetherness and do not attempt to outdo their neighbors with lavish birthday parties or fancy gifts.

Dads Are Very Involved

Dutch families seem to be ahead of the international curve when it comes to work-life balance.  With the average Dutch worker spending an average of 29 hours a week on the job, Dutch parents have more time to spend with their kids.

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The authors also report that competition between mothers – or “Mommy Wars” – occurs far less in the Netherlands than in the U.S.  and the U.K.

Dutch dads take an equal role in raising their children, and Acosta and Hutchison say it is as common to see a father wearing a baby-carrier or pushing a pram as a mother.

Dutch parents strive to give their children clear directions, not options. They say, “I want you to…” rather than something vague.

Two common Dutch expressions that reflect this clear sense of discipline are “parenting is practicing what you preach,” and, “what the old cock crows, the young cock learns.”

If you have seen photos of bright-eyed, rosy-cheeked Dutch kids, you now know a few reasons why those kids look so happy.

And there is one more thing that may contribute to those fresh-faced smiles. It’s “hagelslag.”

Dutch parents and children alike frequently eat chocolate sprinkles on toast for breakfast. Sprinkles have a way of putting anyone in a good mood.

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The Happiest Kids in the World by Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchison was released in January on the UK, and it is set for an April 4 release in the U.S.

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50 Survival Items to Put in Your Kids Backpacks

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50 Survival Items to Put in Your Kids Backpacks If you’re in a survival situation and you’re on foot, your own bug out bag is going to be all you can manage. If you’re a parent or grandparent responsible for children in a survival situation, you can’t possibly carry everything they will need. It’s going … Continue reading 50 Survival Items to Put in Your Kids Backpacks

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Greedy Corrupt Australian Government Refuses to help WW2 allies!!!

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I can’t see how any Australian can say that they are proud to be Australian after seeing these images. Our corrupt Australian Government not only sanctions this genocide in West Papua, but it is funding it!!! Rape, murder, disemboweling whilst still alive, men women & children! When will the majority of gutless uncaring mindless Australians grow a backbone & sack this corrupt government & change our whole corrupt government system. How can Australians bury their heads in the sand & allow this abominable treatment of our WW2 allies to continue?

Women & children slaughtered!

This is a trophy picture, the Indonesian military hunt these people down as if they were feral animals.

Mass graves!

Disemboweled whilst still alive!

Another trophy brought back to camp, this one a woman!!!

Even the United Nations do nothing to help these people! 
This is the world we live in now, who will be next? You think the greed for money & power has any bounds? Look at these images & think again!!!

Breakfast In The 18th Century!

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Teaching Your Children to Homestead

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Kids learn fast – this might save their life

Homesteading originally referred to the federal government granting land to families who were willing to work it. In modern times, it does not happen that way anymore and homesteading is about families who have decided to live off the grid and grow their own food. Modern-day homesteading involves cooking, farming and fixing things around the house on your own.

Most homestead parents understand the importance of passing on these vital skills to their children.

Why Should Your Children Know How to Homestead?

Children of this current generation have become over-reliant on the system. They get their food ready-made, their clothes already sewn and their water already piped to their homes with no knowledge of how to get these things for themselves. If the system was to crash then they would be left helpless with no idea of how to survive on their own.

Homesteading instills in them an attitude of self-sufficiency. It gives them the information and experience that they would need to fend for themselves in any situation. With such an attitude, they are well-prepared to cope should the world change in an unexpected manner.

As a parent, it is your duty to ensure that your child has all of the skills required to make it in a world whose future is uncertain. Most parents opt to give them regular schooling, but that education is sorely lacking in survival skills.

What Skills Will They Need to Learn?

Sewing and knitting were skills traditionally left to women, but there is no room for gender bias in the 21st century. Your sons need to know how sew, knit and do their laundry and your daughters should know how to change a tire or learn which way to turn a screw to open it.

Fixing things around the house is another job that both boys and girls need to know how to do. The time may come when your daughter is the only one on the homestead and she can’t afford to wait around for someone else to come and fix the leaky faucet. All it takes is the right tools and the right mindset and she can get it fixed on her own.

Hunting is a tough job and not just as simple as chasing down rabbits. Children in the homestead must be taught how to track animals through the forest and bait them so that they can become efficient hunters. Along with hunting they also must know how to butcher the kill, clean and salt it if necessary so that it can be preserved.

Hunting is good if the animal stocks are low but animal husbandry is there to provide a more convenient source of animal produce. Teach your kids how to milk cows, water them and muck out their stables. These are simple jobs that even a young child can learn to perfect.

Naturally, they will love some chores more than others. Your outdoorsy children will prefer working on the farm, while some will be more comfortable with household chores. This is great opportunity to teach them how to work together. As long as you have taught them how to do each job individually, then you can let them share out the responsibilities among themselves.

How to Get Them Motivated

Children who are born on homesteads adjust easily to the rural way of life. If your family has just moved to the homestead from the suburbs or the city, then your kids will have a hard time adjusting to the new lifestyle.

If your children grew up in the city before they moved to live on a homestead then you can expect a fair amount of resistance to the hard, physical chores. They are used to how their lives were before and probably don’t understand the values of what you are trying to teach them.

Cash allowances will get them motivated at first. However, personal responsibility is one of the forgotten traits that you are trying to teach them so try not to make their learning how to homestead too reliant on rewards. You want them to know why they have to learn those skills so always take the time to talk to them and explain to them why it is important to learn how to homestead.

Hold them accountable for all of their responsibilities and stick to strict ‘no excuses’ policy. If a job needs to get done then it has to be done. That’s the reality of how hard life can be and the sooner they learn it the better adapted they will be to handle whatever crisis comes their way.

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Cheesemaking In The Early 19th Century

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For the love of Garlic

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Garlic contained many vital nutrients including vitamins, amino acids, and enzymes. On top of that garlic is also delicious and very healthy, for internal and external use.

Garlic contains the amino acid Allicin, that gives Garlic that potent smell from the sulfur compounds. Allicin is one of the primary components of garlic that gives it its healthy benefits.

Eating garlic raw is more beneficial than cooking garlic, if you can get past the taste. When garlic is cut or chewed and allowed exposure to the air for at least 5 to 10 minutes, the compound Allicin to fully activated. However when garlic is cooked the Allicin is inactivated and not able to produce.

Garlic contains high amounts of antioxidants
Garlic helps lower your cholesterol
Garlic is antibacterial
Garlic is antifungal
Garlic helps thin the blood
Garlic boost your immune system
Study suggests that garlic may help prevent blood clots
Garlic help lower your blood pressure
Garlic helps with joint pain, and osteoporosis
Garlic help prevents some cancer

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Garlic is both immune boosting and antimicrobial meaning it can fight viral and bacterial infections. The best way to use garlic is to put it into your diet either cooked or eaten raw, garlic benefits are numerous.

Garlic used for many conditions related to the heart and blood system. Garlic has also been used to prevent certain cancers: rectal, stomach, breast, prostate, and bladder.
Garlic has also used for earaches, menstrual disorders, hepatitis, shortness of breath, liver disease, fighting numerous infections, and many skin conditions (ringworm, jock itch, athlete’s foot)
Other uses for garlic include fighting fevers, coughs, headaches, stomachache, sinus congestion, gout, joint pain, hemorrhoids, asthma, bronchitis, and a host of other treatments.

          Word of warning on garlic

Check with your doctor to see if it affects any of your medications.
Do not take garlic if you have bleeding disorders, stomach or digestive problems, low blood pressure or getting ready for surgery.
Women who are breast-feeding may want to stay away from garlic as it may change the flavor of the milk they produce.
Possibly unsafe when applying garlic to your skin may cause skin irritation and some people.
Birth control pills, taking garlic along with birth-control pills may decrease the effectiveness.
Liver medications, check with your doctor.
Medications for blood clotting, check with your doctor
Heart medications, check with your doctor

Whether store-bought or harvested from the wild, garlic is a wonderful herb for us to explore and use. The culinary uses and the health benefits are astounding. I implore you to add garlic to your healthful herbs, and learn more on its benefits and uses, on your own.

And hey, it also fight against vampires!

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Herbs for Seasonal Cleanse

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A lot of people ask about removing toxins from their bodies or a body cleanse. One of the best things you can to to help your body out is to eat foods and herbs, that are in season.

Here in the United States, we are lucky enough to receive foods from all over the world. Food is shipped in from the southern hemisphere and Europe, from Asia and the Middle East. What I try to eat is food that has been grown local, raised local, or harvested locally.

So my suggestion is to eat local and eat what is in season.

Most people also need to concentrate on drinking more water. Drinking more water helps increase blood volume, and helps to get the lymphatic fluids throughout the body moving. This will help wash your cells and clean fluids, that have built up, and aid in the removal of waste from the body. Basically, a “super flush” going on through your body.

We also want to focus on the gallbladder and the liver cleansing both of them.

Herbs that we can use to clean up the gallbladder and liver are:
artichokes
burdock
dandelions
turmeric
yellow dock
peppermint
milk thistle

These herbs are common throughout most United States and available for most of the year. There are more out there but these are the basics.

Using these herbs in teas, and leave or roots in foods, will help your body to get your blood flowing and your digestive juices moving.

Here we should also mention that you need to have your bowels moving at least once a day. Also check with your doctor before taking any of these herbs if you’re not already taking them, to check that they do not cause problems with any of your medications. (safety first)

If after all this you are still having problems check with your local natural foods store, and/or Dr. They may have a mild laxative formula that will aid you.

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Preparing Your Kids with Gun Safety Lessons

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If society collapsed, would your children know how to handle themselves in a world where knowledge of firearms was elemental to survival? Or, in today’s society, say your child visits a friend’s house when their parents aren’t home and they find a gun in the closet. Would they know enough to be safe? These are questions that matter to every mother. 41 percent of Americans have a gun in their home, according to a 2015 Gallup poll, so your child is likely to be around guns at some point whether you own one or not. Here are some basics that every parent should teach their children about gun safety.

Set the Example

The most powerful lesson is a good example. If you’re well-versed in gun safety, you’ll able to teach your child more effectively. Even if you’re already familiar with guns and gun safety, it’s a good idea to take a refresher course and brush up on the basics so they’re fresh in your mind when you teach your child. The National Rifle Association publishes a directory of training courses taught by qualified instructors that you can browse to find a course near you. Learn with the type of firearm you intend to use or the type of firearm you intend to get your child when they’re old enough. If you’re looking to save money, try browsing a wide selection of quality used firearms from a trusted online supplier.

Follow Gun Storage Safety Rules

A big part of gun safety is storing your guns where your children can’t get them. As they get older, you can take the opportunity to teach them how to properly store guns.

Project ChildSafe recommends that guns be stored unloaded and locked in a gun vault, safe or cabinet. Ideally, your storage location should not be known by your children, especially if they haven’t been taught gun safety. Furthermore, ammunition should be kept in a separate location, as should keys.

For additional protection, you can use a gun locking device to prevent the gun from firing. Yet another option is to break a firearm down and store the parts separately to ensure that it won’t be misused.

Guns should always be unloaded and cleaned after use and before storage. Even if you think the gun is already unloaded, double check. Sometimes ammunition remains in a gun’s magazine after it has been fired.

Teach Gun Safety Rules

Learning how to handle guns safely is another part of basic firearms safety. The most fundamental rule is to always point a gun’s muzzle in a safe direction, meaning away from yourself and other people so that if the gun were to go off, it would not harm anyone. When holding a gun at your side, make sure it points to the ground and not at your feet or another part of your body.

Another basic principle is to always assume a gun is loaded. Don’t assume a gun is unloaded just because you took it out of storage or because someone told you it was empty. You never know what someone else may have done with the gun before you had it, and you should never just assume that the magazine is empty without.

A third basic principle is to never load or cock a firearm before you’re ready to actually fire it; keep guns unloaded when not in use. Also, pick guns up with your finger outside the trigger guard rather than inside.

Teach Your Children What to Do if They Find a Gun

There’s always the chance that a child will come across a gun before they’re adequately trained and old enough to safely handle it. If this happens, they need to know what to do. Make sure they know that if they find an unattended weapon they should get an adult to deal with it rather than trying to handle the gun themselves. Explain that a gun can accidentally go off and should only be handled by someone capable of handling it safely. Some toys resemble guns, so teach your children to be careful about assuming a weapon is a toy and to assume it is real unless they know otherwise. Likewise, teach them to never to point a gun at anyone and to always assume a gun is loaded.

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Paw Paw Pudding

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Ivy and Jon head to the kitchen with a basket of ripe paw paws! This exotic North American fruit is native to nearly every state east of the Mississippi, but we have yet to find them in any recipes from the 18th century. So what do they do with no recipe to follow? They improvise!

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Elementary School Bans Running On Playground … Because Kids Might Get Hurt

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Running is now among the prohibited activities for children at one elementary school – and many parents are in an uproar.

Hillfort Primary School in Liskeard, Cornwall, England, has banned running on the playground because kids might get hurt.

“We’ve tried to be a little more reactive and proactive and put in place eight to 10 lunch time activities for the children, including a choir, sand play, and Lego,” headmaster Tim Cook told The Daily Mail.

But not everyone agrees.

“Stopping children running during free play due to bumping into each other is health and safety gone mad,” a petition created by parent Leah Browning states. “Do not allow ‘health and safety’ to remove the liberty to spontaneously run in the playground during imaginative and child-led play.”

The petition had received 150 signatures as of October 3.

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“It’s a big thing for a child of five to be cooped up all day. Running releases endorphins,” Browning told The Daily Mail. “In the newsletter the school originally sent out, the issue seemed to be about bad behavior.”

But They Can Dance

Browning and other parents learned about the running ban from a school newsletter sent out on September 23. Cook defended the policy in a statement to the newspaper, saying it had led to a 30 percent drop in first-aid incidents and an 80 percent decrease in bad behavior.

“I sat down with some of my senior colleagues to assess the problem with children running across the playground and ending up in first aid,” Cook said.

Yet he partially rescinded the policy after receiving media attention. The youngest of children will be allowed to run, and the soccer fields are now open to running.

“This is just a ban on running from one side of the playground to the other,” he said.

Still, parents remain upset.

“Kids will be kids,” parent Caroline Wills told The Daily Mail. “How far is the school going to take this?”

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Preparing Kids

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Preparing Kids James Walton “I Am Liberty” Listen to this show in player below! So the immediate questions becomes how far into the abyss do you pull a child when it comes to teaching them preparedness? The other big question is: In our world today do they not have the right to be informed about what … Continue reading Preparing Kids

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A Simple Way to Protect Your Child’s Second Amendment Rights

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protect-childs-second-amendment-rightsAfter reading Howard’s article about the new gun control laws in California, it struck me how the left never really gives up on any of their goals, no matter how unpopular they might be with the majority of the population. Gun control is a prime example. In spite of liberal politicians claiming they won’t touch our guns, these recent examples show that to be a lie.

Even if the citizens of California vote to overturn those laws, there is surely other restrictive legislation waiting in the wings. I’m convinced the legislation and regulations are written in advance by far-left activists, are filed somewhere handy, and then dragged out whenever the political climate might allow them to become reality. Of course, a liberal judge is always right there, ready to wield his or her power in support.

The fact that there are hundreds of millions of both firearms and firearm owners is immaterial. Enemies of the 2nd Amendment can and will come after our Constitutional rights from every conceivable angle. They’ve been doing that for decades. While we stand firm on the rights guaranteed to us in the Constitution, they are chipping away at the foundation with fervor and focus.

This has lead me to wonder if my kids will be able to buy firearms when they reach adulthood. This California law, in particular, worries me:

Assembly Bill 1135 and Senate Bill 880 would make changes of monumental scale to California’s firearm laws by reclassifying hundreds of thousands of legally owned semi-automatic rifles as “assault weapons.”  This legislation effectively outlaws magazine locking devices, more commonly known as “bullet buttons”.  As of January 2017, all AR-type of firearms and even some hunting rifles will no longer be legally sold in the state. There is still a lot of confusion about the law. Depending on the way it is interpreted, it may even cover M1 carbines.

If you register your gun as an assault weapon, there are draconian limitations on how you own and transport the gun. You can never sell, give, lend, or trade an assault weapon to another person. Nor can you hand down an “assault weapon” to your spouse, children, or grandchildren. Upon your death, it is turned over to the state for destruction. If you move out of the state, you cannot move back into the state with your guns.

This law focuses on the “assault weapon”, but what’s to stop other categories of firearms from being included in similar laws down the road? I can easily envision a future in which the purchase of firearms and ammunition become so onerous that few will make the attempt. As well, if simply giving firearms to our children becomes outlawed, then the 2nd Amendment dies by the time they come of age.

So what can we do now to insure that our children and grandchildren have access to firearms in the future?

First, we need to make sure the next generations fully understand the importance of the 2nd Amendment and why it was included in our Bill of Rights. In fact, a good education in our Constitution and Bill of Rights is vital. If you’re looking for a good book to use with your kids or grandkids at home, this one is highly recommended.

One of my life mottos is, “There’s always a work around.” In the case of these draconian laws, with more on their way, it might be very wise to begin equipping our kids with a selection of firearms and gifting them now, rather than wait until additional laws are passed which would outlaw that simple gesture.

Most of us would probably agree that the following firearms are the basics:

  • .22 rifle
  • 12-gauge shotgun
  • Pistol of a common caliber (9mm, .40, .380, etc.)
  • Revolver of a common caliber
  • AR15 Et al.

We can quibble over specifics, but overall, this is a decent selection, along with plenty of accompanying ammunition. If you’re concerned that your children and grandchildren may not have the chance to purchase firearms, why not begin making those purchases now? Private sales if at all possible, of course.

The firearms could be locked away until the kids come of age, but they would be there, nevertheless. Think of it as a sort of 2nd Amendment Hope Chest.

This solution isn’t for everyone and may not be your cup of tea, but our 2nd Amendment rights are under fire every single day and in every way. Liberals/progressives will never, ever stop. Yes, I know how many gun owners are in the U.S. and how many guns are out there, but laws such as these recently passed in California show the very creative, imaginative ways our rights can be limited and, eventually, extinguished.

If you agree with me, how would you put this plan of action into place, and if you disagree, explain why. I welcome your comments and opinions.

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

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In recognition of National Preparedness Month and to allow me a bit of vacation time, I’m pulling from the archives the most popular blog posts, ever. This one has been read over half a million times!

32 Survival Skills your child should know and be able to do asap. Great list of boredom busters! | via www.TheSurvivalMom.comKnowledge 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 or even just to make your family more apt to survive, every child must learn these survival skills so they can pull their own weight and contribute as much as they can.

It’s not just physical survival we need to teach them but mental, emotional, and spiritual survival as well. If your family learns now to be a well oiled machine, you will be more likely to survive any type of collapse.

  1. Grow vegetables from seeds. This isn’t the easiest skill to master and you’ll need expert advice.
  2. Have local edible and medicinal plant foraging skills. This book is a must-have for foraging beginners.
  3. Knowledge of dietary needs and how to meet them using wild plants and game
  4. Make a fire and know fire safety
  5. Cook on an open fire
  6. Open a can of food with and without can opener (rub can lid ridge on cement and then pry open with knife)
  7. Be able to tell if food is too spoiled to eat
  8. How to safely use a knife
  9. How to shoot a sling shot
  10. How to hunt small game with snares, traps and sling shot
  11. How to fish and hunt, using  a bow and gun when old enough
  12. How to clean fish and wild game
  13. Find water and identify if it’s safe to drink
  14. Filter and boil water to drink
  15. Basic first aid
  16. Basic hygiene practices
  17. Find or build a shelter in the wilderness
  18. How to stay warm, cool, and dry in the elements
  19. How, why and when to stay hidden
  20. Self defense
  21. How to make a basic weapon and how to use it
  22. Be able to run and walk a good distance and be in generally good shape
  23. How to climb a tree to get away from predators, get directional bearings, and hunt
  24. How to read a map and use a compass
  25. How to read the sky for directions, time and approaching bad weather
  26. Know where family and friends live if they need to find them
  27. How to sew so they can mend clothing or any fabric and even make things such as bags or scrap quilts
  28. How to barter and trade (Kids naturally do this with their toys so teach them at garage sales.)
  29. How to be responsible for themselves and to be aware of their surroundings at all times
  30. Have a natural curiosity and good problem solving skills
  31. Be hard working and a self starter and a family helper not a complainer!
  32. Have a strong faith in God (morals, memorize Bible verses, prayers, songs, and have a hope for heaven). Ultimately, everyone reaches a point in which their physical, mental, and emotional abilities are completely taxed. Spiritual survival can make the difference between giving up and finding strength from somewhere to hang in there, just one day at a time.

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Colorado Forced Anti-Vaccine Parents To Sign Form Admitting They’re Wrong

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The state of Colorado violated parents’ First Amendment rights by making them sign an immunization exemption form that said they were harming their children, critics say.

“That (phrasing) amounts to compelled speech,” state Senator Kevin Lundberg told Denver’s KMGH-TV.

In August, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment began forcing parents who wanted to exempt their children in school from vaccinations to sign a form that read in part: “For nearly all children, the benefits of preventing disease with a vaccine far outweigh the risks. Declining to follow the advice of a health care provider, or public health official who has recommended vaccines may endanger an unvaccinated child’s health and others who come into contact with him/her.”

That language troubled many parents.

“The wording compels parents to have to admit something that isn’t true,” said Nathan Charlan, a parent and a member of a group called CitzenGo. “It’s language that forces a parent to admit that they’re somehow putting their child in danger, because they are choosing what they think is best for their own child.”

Several organizations, including CitizenGo and the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSDLA), complained that the form violated parents’ First Amendment rights to free speech.

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The HSDLA went so far as to threaten to file a federal lawsuit against the state. It also created an online petition that collected 16,000 signatures.

Eventually, the state gave in to pressure and took out the controversial language.

“I just don’t believe big government should be telling me what I should or shouldn’t do with my child,” said Charlan’s wife, Renee, “especially with the thing that we’ve gone through with my son, who has a significant disability.”

Nathan told KMGH, “Our son (9-year-old Zak) was born premature. He received his normal vaccination up until he was six months old. At six months, he started having seizures.”

HSDLA has abandoned its threat of a lawsuit but it is still unhappy with the form that the state is using. Its website says the state agency is unlawfully:

  • “seeking to impose a mandatory official immunization exemption form.”
  • “collecting immunization information through web forms connected to the Colorado Immunization Information System.”

Homeschool children must follow Colorado’s mandatory vaccination law if they participate in public school activities like sports.

The form allows parents to opt out of immunizations for personal or religious beliefs.

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Why Are Childhood Cancer Rates Up 40% in 16 Years?

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cancer patientCancer seems like a plague of the modern world. While we know that our ancestors were capable of being ravaged by this disease, they didn’t seem to suffer from cancer at anywhere near the same rate that we do now. In the year 1900, only 64 out of every 100,000 people died from cancer. Now the death rate from this disease is approaching 200 out of every 100,000 people on a yearly basis. And if you examined any human society before the year 1900, you’d find that cancer was incredibly rare. By all appearances, there is something about modern life that makes us far more susceptible to cancer.

Of course, mainstream science has offered a few reassuring explanations for this trend, and they’re not without merit. It could be that modern humans suffer from more cancer, simply because we’re capable of living longer. No matter how healthy you are, your chances of dying from cancer go up as you age; and before the industrial revolution, most people didn’t live very long.

Another factor to consider, is the limitation of medical science in the past. Without modern technology, there were a lot of cancers that would have been difficult to diagnose. And until the 20th century, dissection was considered extremely taboo, or was outright forbidden in many societies. So unless the symptoms could be seen on the surface of a body, it would have been difficult to diagnose someone with cancer postmortem

However, there is a problem with both of those ideas. Though they certainly explain a lot of the cancer cases in our society, they’re not applicable to the cancer rates that are seen in modern children.

Researchers with the charity Children with Cancer UK published data on that subject for the very first time this week. They found that there are now 1,300 more child cancer cases in the UK than there were in 1998, which is roughly a 40% increase. The rise was most apparent in teenagers and young adults aged 15-24. According to Dr. Denis Henshaw, an adviser with Children with Cancer UK:

Air pollution was by far the biggest culprit, accounting for around 40 per cent of the rise, but other elements of modern lifestyles are also to blame.

Among these are obesity, pesticides and solvents inhaled during pregnancy, circadian rhythm disruption through too much bright light at night, radiation from x-rays and CT scans, smoking during and after pregnancy, magnetic fields from power lines,  gadgets in homes, and potentially,  radiation from mobile phones.

“When you look at cancers such as childhood leukaemia there is no doubt that environmental factors are playing a big role,” said Dr Henshaw. “We were shocked to see the figures, and it’s modern lifestyle I’m afraid.

“Many items on the list of environmental causes are now known to be carcinogenic, such as air pollution and pesticides and solvents. There has been good research to suggest a mother’s diet can damage DNA in cord blood. Light at night we know is very disruptive for the body, which is why shift workers have such bad health.

Childhood cancer rates throw a wrench in the idea that we have more cancer because people are growing older in the modern world.  These statistics also dispute the notion that cancer rates are increasing because medical technology and awareness are making it easier to diagnose someone with cancer.

Dr. Henshaw argued that some of these cases could be accounted for because of that, but we’re talking about kids living in a developed country in the modern world. How often do children in that situation go without receiving the level of medical care needed to identify cancer? I doubt it happens very often. So if childhood cancer rates are going up, it’s obviously from environmental sources, and those sources are also hurting people of all ages.

It’s safe to say that cancer doesn’t happen naturally in most cases. It happens when you live in a world where being exposed to toxins is nearly inescapable.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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Mom Arrested For Leaving Kids, 8 & 9, Alone TO GET THEM FOOD

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Delaware – A mother who was enjoying a vacation with her 8- and 9-year-old children was arrested last week after she left them at a vacation rental in order to go buy food.

The story of Susan L. Terrillion, 55, of Olney, Maryland, has sparked a debate over whether the arrest was necessary – and a quick glance on social media and in the local newspaper’s section shows that most people believe it was outrageous.

“That poor woman. When I was seven I rode public transportation to school and walked home,” one person wrote.

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A witness reported the mom to local police, who said she was gone for about 45 minutes while getting food at a restaurant, according to The News Journal newspaper.

“Shame on this neighbor for calling the police absolutely ridiculous!” another person wrote in the newspaper’s comment section. “They are 8 & 9 and she wasn’t even gone that long and they were not hurt. … I feel so sorry for this mother! That man should be ashamed of himself.”

She was arrested and released on $500 bond, charged with endangering the welfare of children.

Police, the newspaper reported, had responded to a “report of two young children left alone at a residence.”

“A witness told police that he made contact with the children when their dogs ran into Country Club Drive in front of his vehicle,” the newspaper reported. “… The witness stopped to help the children get control of the dogs and learned they were alone.”

Lenore Skenazy, author of the book Free-Range Kids, wrote sarcastically at Reason.com: “So really, you have to blame the dogs. Or a guys who calls the cops simply because he came into contact with unsupervised kids and felt the knee-jerk compulsion to get the authorities involved. Or the authorities, who feel compelled to arrest moms for trusting their kids to take care of themselves for a little while. … What a lovely vacation.”

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1796 Pound Cakes!

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Today’s recipe is for a traditional “Pound Cake.” This comes from Amelia Simmons’s 1796 cookbook, “American Cookery.” While it’s called a cake, there are clues in the text that this was intended to be made into something more like a cookie or even a cupcake. This is a delicious dish — one we highly recommend it!

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Civil Unrest

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Be sure you have a supply of the following:

Water
Necessary prescription medications
Food and an off grid way to cook it
Or food that requires no cooking
First aid supplies
Lighting in the event of a power outage
Sanitation supplies (in the event that the municipal water system is unusuable, this would include cleaning supplies and toilet supplies)
A way to stay warm in harsh winter weather
Over-the-counter medications and/or herbal remedies to treat illnesses at home
Survival and first aid manuals (hard copies in case the internet and power grid are down)
Alternative communications devices (such as a hand-crank radio) so that you can get updates about the outside world
Off-grid entertainment: arts and craft supplies, puzzles, games, books, crossword or word search puzzles, needlework, ect.

Now, according to some, being in a large city might not be the best thing during a disaster scenario. So if something happens that requires evacuation, you’ll want to be the first out, which means you will want to have your emergency gear easy to pack and haul out to the car without wasting time.

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How Is Screen Time Impacting Our Society?

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August 8th 2016

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SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Thru surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions immerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

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Survival Training for Kids PT1 (Video)

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Survival training is very important for us to learn as adults but also for our children. When we think about natural disasters hitting us, or getting turned around somehow while camping, we naturally think to ourselves, “Well, they have me and i can take care of them”. The question you should ask yourself is, “What if I cant because something happened to me”? Let’s pray it doesn’t but it is always wise to train them to take care of themselves. We teach them this in all aspects of life, so why not wilderness/disaster survival?

After asking people this question I often got the following  statement, “Oh my goodness, where do I even start?” That’s a good question and the answer is always going to be; water, shelter, fire, food. In that order. What you teach them about these things will depend on their age of course but water and shelter are a great place to start.

Rob from Sigma 3 Survival school has put out a series of videos titled, “Survival Training for Kids”.  In part one he introduces us to his 4 year old daughter Shilo and his dog. (Both are exceptionally adorable by the way.) I was captivated with this video because he demonstrates his love for his daughter through the way he teaches her and sets a wonderful example for people starting with a toddler. He shows us her “mini” survival kit and her back pack and how to treat her clothes to avoid ticks and chiggers.

 

 

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U.S. Government Finally Admits It’s Not ‘Equal Partners’ With Parents

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Following an outcry from parents and families, two federal agencies have backed off a policy that would have said the government is “equal partners” with moms and dads.

As reported by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), the initial language was contained in a draft document by the US Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Services.

“It is the position of the Departments that all early childhood programs and schools recognize families as equal partners in improving children’s development, learning and wellness across all settings, and over the course of their children’s developmental and educational experiences,” the statement says.

The draft document was titled “DRAFT POLICY STATEMENT ON FAMILY ENGAGEMENT FROM THE EARLY YEARS TO THE EARLY GRADES.”

But the controversial language was removed. HSLDA contended that the language implied that schools had the same rights over children as parents. HSLDA’s Will Estrada met with members of the Department of Education to explain the organization’s concerns.

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The statement now reads:

“Families are children’s first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. Strong family engagement in early childhood systems and programs is central—not supplemental—to promoting children’s healthy intellectual, physical, and social-emotional development; preparing children for school; and supporting academic achievement in elementary school and beyond. Research indicates that families’ involvement in children’s learning and development impacts lifelong health, developmental, and academic outcomes.”

But the document still contains problems, HSLDA’s Lauren Mitchell explained in a post at the organization’s website.

“The document’s working definition of ‘family’ still includes not only a child’s parents or legal guardians, but ‘all adults who interact with early childhood systems in support of their child, to include biological, adoptive, and foster parents; grandparents; legal and informal guardians; and adult siblings,’” she wrote.

The problem? If there is a conflict between parents and other family members regarding educational choices, parents could lose under this definition.

“There is much work to be done before decades of federal overreach in K-12 education is reversed,” Mitchell wrote.

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She Forgot To Mow Her Yard. So They Arrested Her, In Front Of Her Kids.

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An Illinois woman was arrested in front of her children and hauled away in a squad car – simply because she did not cut her grass.

Police in Cahokia, Illinois, took Conner to the station, booked her and held her for 30 minutes, KMOV-TV reported.

“It’s grass,” Conner said when reporter Courtney Bryant asked her about the arrest. “And I’ve never heard of being arrested for grass.”

“I understand I violated a code, but take the channels, give me a ticket first, make me appear in court,” Conner said. “I know there’s gotta be channels other than if you don’t cut your grass, we’re arresting you right now.”

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The single mother was arrested two weeks after receiving a code violation for uncut grass. She was upset because police never ticketed her or gave her a day in court.

Another reason why Conner was so upset was that officers left her five children alone in the house, unattended. The only person nearby was a code enforcement officer, who was apparently sitting outside in his car.

Disturbingly, Conner is far from alone, and several municipalities in the St. Louis area where she lives engage in similar practices. Residents of Pagedale, Missouri, were fined and arrested for such infractions as having weeds growing in a vegetable garden, leaving chipped paint on a drain sprout and having hedges over three feet high, as Off The Grid News previously reported.

The purported reason for such fines is to make the community look better. The Institute for Justice, which filed a lawsuit against the city, alleged a different motive.

“Pagedale treats its residents like walking, talking ATMs, making withdrawals by issuing tickets for ridiculous things that no city has a right to dictate,” Institute attorney William Maurer said.

When Bryant confronted officials from Cahokia on Conner’s behalf, she received no answers.

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5 Attributes EVERY Homesteader Must Have To Survive Tough Times

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5 Attributes EVERY Homesteader Must Have To Survive Tough Times

If you are considering becoming a homesteader, you know the prospect can be pretty daunting. Among all the other questions and considerations which must be asked and evaluated—such as how it will impact employment, children, extended family, social involvement and finances—the concern about suitability for such a demanding lifestyle looms large.

Do I have what it takes to become a homesteader?

If you are asking yourself that question and wondering whether you and your resources and skill are a good fit for living a sustainable and independent lifestyle, read on for the five homesteader attributes I have found to be most important.

1. Intentionality. Homesteaders need to do what we do with a sense of purpose. It is not a lifestyle which one might just tumble into, and with the exception of being raised in that environment it is not likely to happen without intentionality.

Self-reliance may have been the default way of life in generations past, but society has shifted to a place where a person or family must step off the beaten track to follow the path of homesteading.

In order to make it work, homesteaders need to make a deliberate, focused choice. We need to do it like we mean it.

2. Commitment. A full-scale homesteading operation is not something you dabble in, like trying out audiobooks or a different brand of cordless drill. My dictionary lists synonyms for the word “commitment” as “dedicated, devotion and loyal.” Those are good words to keep in mind when entering into homesteading.

5 Attributes EVERY Homesteader Must Have To Survive Tough TimesThis is not to say that it is not possible to try before you buy. There are many ways to try out homesteading activities beforehand, from container crops on your back deck in the city to volunteering on existing farms.

I once knew a young woman who was in love with the idea of homesteading and accepted an apprenticeship on her dream farm. It was all she had thought it would be, but her loyalty lay elsewhere. She soon realized that she was more dedicated and committed to friends and fun in town than to raising crops and tending animals, and was not ready for the commitment that homesteading demands. Fortunately for all involved, the young woman who turned out to be in love with her social life was able to walk away with no hardship on anyone.

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But when you do go into homesteading for real, go all in.

3. Optimism. When your livelihood is dependent upon the natural world, optimism is an absolute necessity. There is always next season to look forward to—more rain, a later fall frost, or the maple sap running better. Homesteaders live in perpetual surety that things would have been perfect, and will be next time, without that one unfortunate anomaly.

Homesteaders need to carry an eternal sense of optimism that makes us plant greens when there is still danger of snow, try our hand at cordwood masonry without any prior knowledge of the craft, and let the six-year-old milk the cow. And we need to pick ourselves up and keep moving forward when things don’t work out quite as planned.

Without this glass-half-full outlook on life, the looming possibilities of hurricanes, Japanese beetles, sick lambs, Lyme disease, broken fences and chimney fires would be too much, and we would decide to move back to the city at the first sign of trouble.

4. Courage. Things can get scary on occasion. Most of us were raised in a very different way—food came from the grocery store and farmers’ market, heat materialized from the nudge of the thermostat, lights popped on and off with the flip of a switch, and water ran hot and cold out of the faucet. Sources for some or all of these amenities are different on the homestead, and many come with at least some level of inherent risk, either real or perceived.

Kids in the city don’t have to sneak past the butty goat buck on the path to their favorite fishing hole, and urban moms don’t leave their bread-making to go shoo cows out of the flower garden or deal with snakes between them and morning chores. Homesteaders handle it all, from inclement weather to grouchy 1,100-pound animals to long walks down a wilderness road to rats in the grain bin.

5. Support. Homesteading is tough single-handed. A single person or couple will face a lot of challenges on their own. Extended family, friends, like-minded neighbors, church community or farm partners make all the difference. Let me say that again for emphasis: all the difference. I will not go so far as to say one or two individuals cannot thrive in a completely isolated homesteading endeavor, and I am certain it has been accomplished many times over. But I will say that it is a hard row to hoe, and lack of support will make it all that much more difficult to create and maintain the first four characteristics.

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When my husband badly injured his hand while building raised beds for spring planting, our entire season of homesteading was hugely impacted. Garden beds, getting vegetables in the ground, building and installing trellises and cages, fencing, haying, and firewood processing—not getting it done then meant not having the results later.

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My time and focus went to caring for him first, and then having to pick up his tasks on top of my own. At one of our busiest times of the year, it was too much. Without family and friends who came alongside us and freely gave of their time and skills and even money—planting and building and shoveling and mowing and chain-sawing and splitting and cleaning and animal-tending—we could have been done for.

Final Thoughts

If you are feeling a bit skittish about homesteading after reading this list of important traits, do not worry. Nobody possesses all of these all the time. Nobody. But what we all aspire to have is as many of them as we can, as much as we can, as often as we can.

Attributes can be built and learned, and the five on this list tend to feed off one another. Support builds courage, courage solidifies commitment, and optimism enhances intentionality. The needs for these traits vary greatly. In some situations, homesteaders need all the optimism they can muster and get by with only minimal support. Other times, courage and commitment are the fingers in the dam.

The biggest takeaway is that if you want to build enough of these traits in yourself to succeed at homesteading, you can. You will have to work harder at some on this list than others do, and that is perfectly acceptable and is to be expected.

Homesteading is not for the faint of heart, but it is worth the journey. Develop these five traits along the way, and you will come to realize that you have always had what it takes.

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8 Ways To Homeschool AND Homestead Without Going Absolutely Bonkers

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If you live in a homestead and try to homeschool your kids, then doing so may be one of the most challenging tasks you have to face every day.

On top of gardening, food preservation, animal care, mucking, cooking meals, child care AND a dozen more chores in the home and farm, homeschooling is an added responsibility that doesn’t always fit neatly in your day-to-day schedule.

Depending on the number and ages of your children, homeschooling can be either a complex or tedious job that places constant demands on you – mentally, emotionally and time-wise.  Whether you use structured curricula or opt for more flexible, non-traditional teaching methods, and whether you do it alone or with others’ help, it’s still a ball to include in the juggling act you already do every day, keeping a family and a homestead together.

And, whether you’ve just begun with a single preschool child, or you are a seasoned veteran who’s homeschooled three or four middle and high schoolers, you know how things can go crazy both in the home and in the farm without warning. A nanny goat gives birth to a kid who gets goat chill, needing emergency care; a fence gets broken and needs repair before nightfall; baskets of fresh produce sit in your kitchen, awaiting canning; one of the children gets a fever.

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Life on the farm is a far cry from the routine of an office job. At times, in fact, it can be downright dirty and unpredictable. How on earth can you provide a semblance of order, regularity and sanity in the midst of chaos and complexity?

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Here are a few tips that can help you manage the homesteading-homeschooling lifestyle without practically losing your mind.

1. Follow your own time. Choose a time of day that works for you and your household. If you prefer finishing the morning chores first – watering the garden, taking animals out to pasture, baling hay — do so, while the weather is mild. Then get indoors when the sun is too hot so you can settle down and shift to your role as teacher. That goes for months and seasons as well. There are those who choose to follow an agrarian calendar, since the autumn months are spent harvesting and canning. Others spread the school load throughout the year, stopping to enjoy one- to two-week breaks on different months only as needed.

2. Integrate homesteading into homeschooling. If you desire and foresee your children pursuing the same lifestyle as you and your spouse’s, begin training them in the farming way of life as soon as they’re ready. Children as young as five or six can already be taught simple skills like watering plants, weeding, feeding chickens, harvesting eggs.

Whenever any of our goat dams give birth, I immediately stop class; rather, I transfer the class into the barn for an on-the-spot training in animal husbandry. My 11-year-old daughter started serving as “birthing assistant” when she was eight. Holding a tray in her hands containing gloves, scissors, iodine, cotton balls and towels, she’s assisted my husband many times in the birthing process and already knows what to do. In a few years she can probably birth a kid on her own.

Remember that homesteading is a lot of science education in itself. Seed-starting is botany. Composting is soil science. Animal processing teaches anatomy. Fermenting kombucha is chemistry. Where else can you find a diversity of real-life, real-time lessons on the spot and on a continuing basis?

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3. Provide the basics, then take it from there. In terms of courses, provide the “3 Rs” — reading, `riting, `rithmetic — then see where your child’s skills and interests take him. After setting a rudimentary course, add and tweak as you go. As years progress and he matures, decide which path he (and the Lord) wants for him and choose which subjects to give priority to. Will it be the sciences? Math? Language? The arts? How about non-traditional lessons that complement an off-grid lifestyle: Beekeeping? Carpentry? Aquaponics? How to harness renewable energy?

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4. Include lots of fun stuff. Take the class outdoors. Camping, hunting, bouldering, building a fort, making a small waterwheel, designing a hover craft, the list goes on. For every age and stage in a child’s life there’s a hundred things to learn and discover that can’t be taught in the classroom, and aren’t dependent on the grid. On days that are way too busy or when emergencies arise and you can’t follow the day’s assignments, keep books, analytical board games, puzzles and Sudoku on hand to keep a child mentally busy for several hours. Meanwhile…

5. Don’t forget the “university” of the Internet. There are countless sites online that teach lessons, academic or not, for free. Our children have acquired dozens of skills from YouTube — from piano to sewing to bushcraft to baking.

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6. Take periodic breaks. A weary, burned-out, unhappy parent-teacher makes for an unhappy home, homestead and schoolroom. Try to enlist the help of a husband, grandparent, friend or sitter (if your children are young) so you can go to town and take a breather. If you can’t leave your kids, bring them with you and go on a bi-monthly or quarterly field trip where they can learn without your direct supervision. A trip to the museum, zoo, the ballet, a permaculture farm. Even just a half-day visit to the library every couple of weeks can take some load off your back.

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7. Realize you can’t do everything. Homeschooling takes a whole lot of patience, commitment, sacrifice AND the humble admission that you won’t be able to do it all, all of the time. Find a homeschool co-op. Start one if you can’t find any. Look for other homeschooling families in your neighborhood, church or county. Even just joining an online forum can provide the encouragement you need when you’re in distress, overwhelmed and ready to give up.

8. Ultimately, major on the majors. What skills, habits and values do you really want to develop in your children? For my husband and me, it’s their love for reading. Writing. Research. Critical thinking. Finding alternatives. Innovation.

What work ethic would you want them to have? Are diligence, self-motivation and perseverance encouraged? Over the months and years, as you see your student improve in these traits, give him – and yourself — a pat on the back. You’ve both done a great job! These are attributes not usually applauded or emphasized in traditional schools, where rote learning is the norm and the highest praises are reserved primarily for getting good grades.

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Breastfeeding Babies in an Emergency

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breastfeedingFeeding babies in an emergency has recently become more of an interest for me, since we have started to have great-grandchildren.  While we have 17 grandchildren it has been some time since we have had any infants in the family.  Now I am a believer in breastfeeding. When possible this is always the best option.

First I would like to dispel a few myths on breastfeeding in an emergency.  This information is from WELLSTART International 

  • Misconceptions about breastfeeding in emergencies
  • Women under stress cannot breastfeed
  • Malnourished women don’t produce enough milk
  • Weaning cannot be reversed
  • General promotion of breastfeeding is enough
  • Human milk substitutes (infant formula and/or milk) are a necessary response to an emergency

Women under stress CAN successfully breastfeed

Milk release (letdown) is affected by stress.  Milk production is NOT.  Different hormones control these two processes.  The treatment for poor milk release is increased suckling which increases the release of oxytocin, the letdown hormone.  Research suggests that lactating women have a lower response to stress, so helping women to initiate or continue to BF may help them relieve stress.

Malnourished women DO produce enough milk

It is extremely important to distinguish between true cases of insufficient milk production (very rare) and perceptions. Milk production is relatively unaffected in quantity and quality except in extremely malnourished women (only 1% of women). When women are malnourished it is the mother who suffers, not the infant. The solution to helping malnourished women and infants is to feed the mother not the infant. The mother will be less harmed by pathogens and she obviously needs more food. By feeding her, you are helping both the mother and child and harming neither. Remember that giving supplements to infants can decrease milk production by decreasing suckling. The treatment for true milk insufficiency is increased suckling frequency and duration.

What do you do if breastfeeding fails

You always need a backup plan.  One of my daughters used to try different formulas on her babies as soon as they were home.  When she found one that agreed with them she would buy 6 or 7 months of formula and store it.  If she does not have to use it she would then donate it to a charity before its expiration date.

In the past ,prior to manufactured infant formulas being available at your local grocery stores, Mothers used to feed their children a mixture of condensed milk, karo syrup and water.   While not the best, many children were successfully raised on it.  They used a one to one mixture of milk to water with 2 tablespoons of karo syrup added.  Condensed milk is something that you can store in your preps and a  cup of whole milk has about 160 calories while condensed milk has 338, plus twice the protein, fat, carbs of regular milk.

Like I say breastfeeding is always best, but in an emergency, you may need other options.  If you have addition information in this area, please share it with us.

Howard

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Reader Questions: Meister on my changing family situation

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Meister said “Have you thought about doing a post on your changes to your basic plan with the new familial arrangement? Lots of people in your position would like to hear a fresh perspective.”

-Ryan here.

The just Ryan in Kansas plan is really easy. If you prepare for a family for 4 and are (in hindsight not so) suddenly alone the person to calorie/ days math goes long really fast. Also being a fairly hearty guy I’m just not worried about too much. If I had to hunker down or leave in a hurry I could do that.

As to the kids and Baby Momma. They are with family who have made some pretty solid preparations in an area where they have a solid network of people. For any semi realistic scenario that group will be fine.

That is not question I think Meister is really getting at. What I think he wants to know is how these plans may/ will come together in a way that I provide value to my children (,by default the people around them) and Baby Momma?

I am not ignoring this question but I am not ready to answer it I am going to hold my cards pretty close to my chest here. Stuff is in the works that I am not yet ready to discuss. Some time after those things happen I will decide if and when to talk about them.

 

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

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teaching self-relianceWe 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, and still saving every last morsel and dollar. Grandma grew up during the Great Depression; those habits, ingrained in her when young, are still manifest today. The family snickers a little bit about it, but we know she will not outlive her money or her things. Isn’t there something reassuring about that? She has always worked hard at being self-reliant. Will our children be able to do the same?

As I watch the news and look around me, I wonder if another Depression wouldn’t do us some good. It wasn’t too long ago when life wasn’t so convenient. Many in our society have lost the mindset that our grandparents had. We have instant and immediate food, entertainment, communication, and information. Many feel that things will always be as good as they are now, but history does repeat itself. Perhaps one of the most important things we can do is prepare the next generation for whatever may arise.

Like those who have habits from the depression, you can make self-reliance and preparedness a part of your family culture. One of the most effective ways to do this is to live it every day. Whether we have children of our own or are involved in an organization such as a church or school, we have the power to instill preparedness values. Now is the time for us to equip the younger generation with skills that will help them be confident and prepared for anything life may throw at them.

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If you have children I recommend that you have a weekly family council. Along with normal family business, make goals on implementing these principles of preparedness into your family. If you are part of another organization, teach classes or organize projects that encourage preparedness. Set the example by your actions.

Five Preparedness Principles

There are five principles that can generate a preparedness mindset:

Thriftiness and frugality

The longstanding adage “Eat it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without”, still holds true today. The importance of being thrifty and frugal is often forgotten. Clothes can be mended, altered and remade into other items. I have seen curtains reused to cover chairs, a table cloth became pillow covers and adult size clothes were remade into clothes for a younger child. Learn ways to take other household items and re-purpose them.

Another way to pinch pennies is to find out where all of your pennies are going. There are many forms online that can be used to assist in budgeting. Record your family’s expenses for one month and then gather together to review them. Are there any non-essentials that can be eliminated? Involve family members in creating a budget. Teach them to differentiate between wants and needs and set financial goals together. Save money for a vacation or purchase that the whole family can enjoy. Budget additional funds to be set aside for large purchases and for emergencies. Teach your kids now that it is not worth “keeping up with the Joneses”.

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Strive for independence

This would include independence from anything that prevents us from living to our full potential. Avoid any habits or addictions that restrict your body and mind. Eat healthy, exercise, surround yourself with good friends, and strengthen yourself spiritually and mentally.

Look at your finances. What can you do to be financially independent? Do not get into the habit of using credit for purchases. Many people look at the monthly payment amount versus the real amount of an item. If you have debt, pay it down now. There are many websites available to help accomplish this.

Time is another area where you can be independent. Choose how to prioritize and use it wisely, which would include helping others. Teach this next generation the importance of being kind and charitable. Donate money and time to projects you feel are worthwhile. There are many opportunities available in your own community or help out with a need on the other side of the world. Either way, you will develop a deeper empathy towards others and an appreciation for what you have.

Become industrious

It sounds odd to tell someone to work at being industrious, but it does require energy to be creative and find balance in life. Look at your life and see what circumstances are around you. Search for ways to be resourceful. You may discover talents you did not know you had.

Are there any enterprising opportunities available that you could take advantage of? Another source of income could benefit you and those around you. Find ways to increase your marketability in the workplace. It may be finishing that degree, taking community classes or a free online classes (many are available). Look in your community. See if there is a need that could be filled by a skill that you possess. Teach those around you the importance of an honest work ethic.While industriousness is good, remember that wherever you are at in life, be there completely. When you are at work, work. When you are at home, leave work alone and enjoy your time with family and friends. If you need down time, take it.

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Strive for self-reliance

I am sure you know people who seem to be able to do, make, or fix anything. Chances are, they had to work on those skills often before they mastered it. Like them, you need to continue to learn and put what you learn into practice. The internet is a great resource. We can learn how to do basic car maintenance, repairs on our home, first aid, and taking care of what we already own. Not only can you save money by doing these things yourself, you are free from depending on others to do them for you. There is a sense of pride and accomplishment that comes from doing and mastering new tasks. Planting a garden is another way of developing self-reliance. Not only will you save money on groceries and enjoy fresh produce, there are benefits much greater. Gardening, along with other tasks, allow you to spend time with those close to you. Working together as a group builds stronger relationships, whether it is between parent and child, as friends, or in a community setting. There is a sense of togetherness and learning that you cannot get anywhere else. If you do not teach those around you how to work, who will?

Aim towards having a year’s supply of clothing and food

Don’t let this overwhelm you. Take baby steps. Make a list of the amounts of food and commodities that your family normally consumes in one day. Take that list and multiply it by 7. That is your one week supply. When you have a one week supply stored, continue until you have three months supply. Use and rotate your 3 month supply. Then focus on long term storage.

Many foods, such as grains, beans, and pasta can have a shelf life of 30+ years. Clothing can be a bit of a challenge if you have growing kids. Looking at clearance racks and thrift stores can be an inexpensive way to work on storing clothes and shoes. If you sew, fabric is also be a great addition to your years supply. Do not forget to include any notions you may need.

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As you begin to create a culture of self-reliance, you will feel more confident about your ability to withstand almost any hardship. We cannot depend on the government or charities to provide services and care for the millions of people across the nation when a disaster happens. It is essential that each individual and family do all they can to be responsible for themselves when needed. If we are wise and careful with our resources, we will be able to sustain ourselves through difficult times.

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Safety First: What Your Kids Should Know to Stay Out of Trouble this Summer

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Summer is the perfect time for kids to get outside and play and parents need to prepare them for some hazards that could be outside the home. Parents also need to take action to keep children safe whenever possible. Here is what your kids should know to stay out of trouble this summer.

Never Go Swimming Alone

Water is a major summertime danger. Kids can be easily injured or even drown while trying to swim alone. Make certain your kids understand to never go swimming without adults or a lifeguard supervising and that they should never go near bodies of water alone. Prevent a real tragedy by having them enrolled in swimming lessons as well.

Always Wear Safety Gear When Biking or Playing Sports

Riding bikes and skateboards throughout the summer is a summer classic. Even soccor and other sports games seem to ramp up this time of year and are all opportunities for being injured and getting into trouble. It takes only one second for a child to slam a bicycle into a moving car, or for an errant ball to hit someone in the face. Tell your children to always wear the appropriate safety gear when biking or playing sports for maximum protection against injuries.

Be Careful Playing around Garage Doors

It is common to see kids playing around open garage doors outside of homes during the warm months. An open garage door could be dangerous. Let your kids know to be extremely careful around these doors and have them know not to stand or sit under the door. A garage door could malfunction or be damaged and come crashing down causing serious injuries. Parents should also contact a garage door repair company like AA Garage Door, Inc. inspect and fix any problems at the start of the summer.

Never Approach Wild or Unknown Animals

Many wild or stray animals can wander into residential areas during the summer. Inform your children to never approach wild or unknown animals, even if they seem cute or friendly. An animal like a raccoon could lash out leading to serious bites and scrapes and could even be carrying diseases like rabies.

Wear Sunscreen and Carry Water While Outside

Be sure your children know to wear sunscreen and carry water while outside in the summer. Apply sunscreen to them yourself if possible. This is going to prevent harmful sunburns and having water helps to stop dehydration that could leave your child unconscious or alone in the summer heat.

Your children might not be aware of all the potential dangers that summer brings. This is why you need to take the time to inform them about good safety practices. Following these tips will make a difference and keep your kids out of trouble this year.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer, recent graduate from the University of New Mexico, and avid runner. She loves to blog about fitness, health, home and family. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.

How to Teach Kids About Emergency Preparedness

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How to Teach Kids About Emergency Preparedness

17073ae360337df9416384a6b7607fc2Many well-meaning parents keep their kids in the dark about preparedness to avoid scaring them with descriptions of potential disaster scenarios. The problem with being too overprotective is that it underestimates children’s capabilities and could put your entire family at risk in an emergency.

Let’s face it – kids know bad things happen in our world. Even little ones see and notice more than we think. Knowing you’ve planned ahead for an emergency comforts children and satisfies their desire for honesty about difficult situations.

Naturally, how you talk to your kids about disaster preparation will depend on the child’s age and maturity level. To get you started, here’s a list of essential strategies for preparing kids for emergencies:

 

The Basics

As soon as your children can sing nursery rhymes, you can help them to memorize their basic information by making up a little song spelling their last name and phone number. As soon as they can, kids should also learn their address and parents’ names.

 

Calling 9-1-1

We’ve all heard stories of toddlers saving lives by calling 911, which shows it’s never too early to teach kids about this life-saving service. Make sure your child knows only to call in a true emergency, taking time to explain what does and doesn’t count. You should also help them practice what to tell the dispatcher, including name, address and why they’re calling.

 

Emergency Drills

Just like kids do fire drills at school, you’ll want to practice these at home as well. This gives them a low-pressure practice environment so they know what to do in an actual emergency.

You should also talk to them about location-specific scenarios like earthquakes or tornadoes, and teach them moves such as Stop, Drop and Roll or Drop, Cover and Hold On.

 

Make Prepping Fun

Whether you’re using a song to teach your toddlers their names or practicing how fast you can get out in a fire drill, remember that kids learn more when they’re having fun. Websites like the CDC and Ready.gov have online games to help children learn about emergency preparation.

 

School Plans

Your child’s school or daycare center will have its own emergency response procedures, so it’s important you know these ahead of time. In case you can’t pick up your kids during a disaster, you’ll want a back-up plan for someone else to step in. Make sure to inform both the school and your child of this contingency plan.

 

Meeting Places

Since it might not be possible to get home in an emergency, you’ll want to determine two or three other places the family can meet. Your children should know how to get to each place, or at least how to tell a trusted adult where to take them.

 

Bug-out Bags

You should have a bug-out bag (small BOB)  for each of your children in case you have to leave home during a crisis. These bags should include things like snacks, a flashlight, parent contact information and possibly some warm clothes. You can also get your child involved in picking comfort items such as a game, a toy, a book or stuffed animal.

In your bug-out bag, you’ll want to keep copies of key documents like birth certificates and recent photos, as well as any needed medications for your kids.

 

Avoiding Hazards

While many adults know about hazards to avoid in an emergency, children may not. That’s why it’s important to teach them to stay away from downed utility poles, power lines and trees after a disaster.

Little ones don’t necessarily need to know every bad thing that could happen during a disaster, but they do need to understand the basics of how to respond. By being calm but serious, you can help ease your kids’ fears while also showing them the importance of preparation. Knowledge is power, and it could be your child who saves lives in an emergency one day.

 

Frank Bates, founder of 4Patriots LLC, is a contributing writer to Patriot Headquarters, a website featuring hundreds of articles on how to be more independent and self-reliant. He also offers Food4Patriots, a supplier of emergency food suitable for long-term storage, survival and emergency preparedness.

 

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The Best Way To Store Guns From Kids – While Keeping Them Ready To Access

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For many of us, owning a gun is all about being able to defend ourselves and protect our loved ones if needed.

But how do you follow the conventional rules of gun safety – keeping your firearm unloaded and secured until ready to use – and still have the weapon ready for self-defense?

If you have children, roommates or you frequently entertain and have guests over, you don’t want to leave your handgun loaded and laying on your nightstand. By the same token, it will be of little benefit if left unloaded in a safe in the garage or basement when a home invader kicks in your door at midnight.

We all too often read about children getting their hands on a firearm and catastrophic events follow. The child shoots a friend, a family member, or even himself. Sadly, these too often result in a death.

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There are various child locks and wall or closet safes that can safely contain a handgun and keep it out of the wrong hands while still being accessible when needed.

Biometric safes have evolved by leaps and bounds and can be activated only by the user’s fingerprints. This gives quicker access than the various keyed and combination locks common to most safes and lock boxes. Best of all, the technology behind these is no longer prohibitively expensive.

The best recommendation, however, is to keep your defensive handgun in a comfortable holster and wear it at all times or as often as you can.

That way it is always completely under your control while remaining easily accessible.

The Best Way To Store Guns From Kids – While Keeping Them Ready To Access

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Most children who pick up a firearm and have an accident do so because they think the firearm is a toy or they do not grasp the reality of the outcome of a gunshot.

To help teach children about gun safety, the National Rifle Association has a program called “Eddie Eagle.” The program is designed to teach children how to act if they come across a firearm.

It is a simple mantra, not unlike the one most children are taught to protect themselves from burning in a fire: Stop, drop and roll.

This is designed for preschoolers through fourth graders and, in my opinion, should be mandatory for all children. Even if they don’t have a firearm in their home, other family and friends may have firearms in theirs. Here’s what the NRA teaches children to do if they find a gun:

  1. Stop: The first step is the most critical. A mental note to stop gives the child a cue to pause and remember the rest of the safety instructions.
  2. Don’t touch: Firearms are not sentient and capable of acting on their own. If a firearm is left undisturbed it will not be fired and thus poses no risk.
  3. Leave the area: This takes the child away from the potential source of danger. Your child may not pick up the firearm, but another child might.
  4. Tell an adult: Children are taught to find a trustworthy and responsible adult such as a neighbor, relative or teacher if a parent or guardian is not available.

These four simple steps are only the first layer in a network of safety to prevent a child from having an accident with your firearm.

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State Orders Parents: Register Your Unvaccinated Children

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The state of Colorado illegally tried to collect information about unvaccinated children from parents, vaccine critics are charging.

A number of parents received a letter this month from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which said in the document that parents of unvaccinated children in school would be required to register and exempt their child through a state website.

The department later said the letter should not have been released.

The requirement would have been mandated by House Bill 1164, which died in a state legislative committee earlier this week.

Currently, parents tell the local school – and not the state – that their children are not vaccinated.

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“My biggest issue is that you are trying to take my child’s information – that you have zero legislative authority to do – to track and to possibly come back to me,” parent Missy Frazier said, according to The Gazette newspaper. “Where does this end, and with whom are you going to share this information?”

The letter that some people received said the registration would begin July 1.

“We regret the letter went out and have taken corrective action with our employee regarding the letter,” Mark Salley, spokesman for Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, told the newspaper.

Senator Kevin Lundberg, a Republican, opposed the bill. He also criticized the health department.

“I find it curious that the House has already killed 1164, whereas the health department has already implemented the provisions of 1164 in law on their website stating that by July 1, parents will be required to register online,” Lundberg said. “This online registration system is in complete violation of current statute. They don’t have the authority to require an online registration.”

Theresa Wrangham of the National Vaccine Information Center called the bill a “data grab.”

“They want to populate the vaccine registry and they want to know exactly who’s exempting from which vaccines, where they live and I think it’s a harassment technique,” Wrangham told a Denver TV station.

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Shock: Police Seize 4 Children Simply Because They Were Spanked

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Just the suspicion of spanking can lead to a police raid and seizure of children by social workers in at least one Western nation.

A couple in Norway had four children and a baby taken away because they spanked the older ones.

“They didn’t find any physical marks or anything like that when they had medical examination. … They were, are, all fine,” the mother, Ruth, told the BBC. “But the law … is very clear until the smallest detail, it’s not allowed of any physical correction, and we have never been aware that it was this strict.”

Corporal punishment is illegal in Norway.

Ruth’s ordeal began last year when social workers and police seized her two daughters from school without her knowledge and then drove to her house and took two sons. The next day four police officers returned and seized her three-month-old baby, too.

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The children are still in foster care, and Ruth and her husband, Marius, are in family counseling. The parents can only see their children through eight-hour visiting sessions. Even worse, the children have been separated and live in different parts of the country, hours from one another.

The baby has been returned, although the parents don’t know what will become of the others.

The couple accused Norway’s children protection service — which is known as Barnevernet — of lying to them at a meeting.

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“We had already engaged ourselves in family counselling, to be prepared to fix whatever needs to be fixed,” Marius told the BBC. “But at that meeting they didn’t even want to look at our plan. Actually, they said they set up the meeting to inform us that they would file a case for permanently removing the kids.”

Some critics charge that Barnevernet might have been motivated by something other than the children’s welfare. They say the children were taken because their parents are Pentecostals; Norway is a Lutheran country. Others think the action was motivated by the fact that Marius is an immigrant from Romania who married a Norwegian woman.

Asked by the BBC if children can be seized for mild spanking, Norway official  Kai-Morten Terning – the undersecretary at the Ministry for Children and Equality – responded, “parents have to know the law and live by it in Norway, regardless of background.”

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The seizing of children has soared in recent years in Norway, particularly after an 8-year-old boy was beaten to death in 2005. The most common reason for taking kids is “lack of parenting skills,” the BBC reported.

In another case, Barnevernet may have taken a baby from her parents because her grandmother was looking after her. Social workers accused the baby’s father of being simple and his wife of lacking parent skills, the BBC reported.

Health professions never examined the baby.

The grandfather, Yngve, has a government-appointed position and has changed his opinion about the country’s child welfare system. He has been unable to get Barnevernet to allow even him to take care of the baby.

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“I grew up believing that Norway was the best system in the world, best for children, the UN are saying this all the time, and then I discovered that this cannot be the case,” he told the BBC.

“At first I thought that this case that we had experienced must be one in a million. There just can’t be more madness than this. And when I showed my face on TV in connection with this, a lot of people have contacted me, and they have showed me other stories that are even worse than the one that I have experienced.

“I am a senior civil servant, and I should really be a defender of Norway, and normally I am, but here it is something extremely wrong.”

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Norway’s child protection system has been called a role model for other nations. It was the first country to allow an independent ombudsman to represent children.

Around 170 Norwegian experts on child protection, including social workers, lawyers and psychologists, signed a letter to Norway’s children’s minister, expressing concern.

“There is a lack of what I’d call the human factor,” psychologist Einar Salvesen, a critic of Barnevernet, told the BBC. He helped organize the letter. “A lack of empathy, really providing an atmosphere so people can learn… It’s more like police interventions, more like we have to find out what’s wrong with you.”

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Protecting Children During TEOTWAWKI or Other Emergencies

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protecting childrenIf you are a parent or grandparent you always worry about protecting children from harm during any life threatening emergencies. Now when I mention harm I am including psychological damage that can be caused by us creating an atmosphere of fear.  We don’t want to stress our children out.

After giving this some thought and research I have came up with the following steps for protecting children

1 – Don’t scare them.  Don’t start with camo face paint, smoke bombs and talk about killing people or violence.

2 – Make them feel safe.  Here is the story of one young child who was raised in hurricane country and was faced with the threat of storms on several occasions.  Her parents included her in the planning and preparation.  She says “Rather than being afraid of an approaching storm, it became a learning experience. I got to learn about other places, how to read maps and understand weather terms.  Plus, I knew that I would be safe. If a dangerous storm would hit my city, I knew my family would protect me.

We knew where the local shelters were located; my dad knew how to board up the windows of our home.  My mom stocked enough food and medicine to hold us over for a week or two.

Another reason I wasn’t scared was because I knew my family would end up at a shelter with relatives — an unexpected family reunion! The adults provided enough activities to keep my cousins and me focused on each other and not on the dangers happening outside”.

Personally, I think that this is a big one, don’t let them feel any fear you may have.

3 – Teach them to be confident.  Confidence is often the result of knowing what to do.

  1. Take them camping and teach them how to survive in the backcountry. This should be fun and yet serious.
  2. Teach them how to get out of the house in case of fire. Treat it like a fire drill at school.
  3. Make sure they know how to contact family or trusted friends in an emergency, if you are separated.
  4. Pick the same contact person for each family member to call or email. It might be easier to reach someone who’s out of town.
  5. Text, don’t talk, unless it’s an emergency. It will be easier to send a text, and you won’t tie up phone lines for emergency workers
  6. Keep your family’s contact information and meeting location in your backpack, wallet, or taped inside your school notebook.
  7. Preparing for emergencies shouldn’t fall on your shoulders alone. Young children and teens need to be part of the process — for their own safety and sense of empowerment.
  8. Don’t be reluctant to talk with your family about the possibility of a disaster. Thought and action before a disaster hits usually help family members react wisely. Use age appropriate books, news articles and other methods to introduce the topic and talk about how your family can be safer by knowing what to do.
  9. Involve your children in the development of your Family Emergency Plan and preps. Discuss and practice these plans as a family. Give children exact steps to follow.  For older children, it may be appropriate to let them ask questions and make suggestions.  Even young children can have a role in this process.  Let them choose band-aids for a first aid kit, help select the family meeting place or choose pictures of family members to be labeled and put with your preps.
  10. Help young children practice dialing emergency numbers. Keep the phone off the hook or use a toy phone, take turns asking for help and use this as a chance to discuss when to call for help.
  11. Teach your children how to recognize danger signals. Make sure they know what smoke detectors and other alarms sound like, talk about keeping doors and windows closed to keep smoke or fumes out of a house as well as how to get out safely in the event of fire or other emergency.
  12. Help your children to memorize important family information. They should memorize their family name, phone number, and address.  This includes knowing that “Mommy” and “Daddy” have first names too! Having pictures of all family members can be helpful for reuniting young children with their families as well as to combat homesickness.  By labeling pictures with parent’s names, young children can more easily communicate to adults who they are looking for.
  13. Teach them about firearms and how to safely handle them when it is age appropriate.
  14. Again, when age appropriate, teach children about the dangers of going with strangers and how to protect themselves. Even 3 and 4 year old children can scream and kick to attract attention.
  15. Watch what you say around your children, don’t accidentally scare them.
  16. Consider enrolling them in a self defence class when they are old enough.

Protecting children is a big challenge and one we should take very seriously.  Give this some thought and send in your suggestions to share with the rest of us.

Howard

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Bathrooms: Why N.C. Is Right, The Transgender Community Is Wrong, And Our Society Has Officially Gone Crazy

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All eyes are on North Carolina. Several weeks before Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vetoed a religious liberty bill in the face of mounting economic threats from corporate empires, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill into law prohibiting transgenders from using bathrooms that contradict their biological sex.

And exactly one month later, the media is still talking about it.

To clue you in on all that’s going on, Charlotte’s city council, which represents the 17th largest city in the United States and the biggest population in the state, joined the ranks with multiple other major metropolitan cities earlier this year when it voted, 7-4, for a widely controversial ordinance to allow people who identify as “transgender” to enter any bathroom of their preferred choice regardless of their anatomy.

Naturally, Charlotte’s decision drew national attention from all sides of the debate. The LGBT community cheered as another tower fell in its pursuit to conquer the country with an “openness” mindset that redefines traditional common-sense thinking. Meanwhile, the conservative wing protested with signs saying, “Don’t do it Charlotte,” and broadcasted their frustration on various media outlets for the world to read.

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The discussion goes something like this:

Opinion A: Transgenders should be allowed to choose a bathroom based on their preference, rather than their assigned sex at birth. This gives them the freedom to express themselves, and protects them from any discrimination or hateful bigoted rhetoric and activity that would stop them from that expression.

Opinion B: Transgenders should recognize that they are choosing to dress themselves their own way, and therefore should respect that men should use men’s bathrooms, and women should use women’s bathrooms. A ruling in the contrary would open the door for anyone to use any bathroom at any time with any motive possible, and result in physical violence or sexual aggression, particularly on little girls and women.

The Opinion A audience believes they are right and leaves little to no room for an opposing view without labeling it as bigoted and hateful, and the Opinion B camp is convinced of their own beliefs and isn’t budging, either.

Several weeks following the historic Charlotte vote, North Carolina legislators gathered to write and pass a bill that would overturn the city’s law. McCrory signed it, and that’s where the heat turned up.

Bathrooms: Why N.C. Is Right, The Transgender Community Is Wrong, And Our Society Has Officially Gone Crazy

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Rock star Bruce Springsteen protested by cancelling a fast-approaching show in the state to the dismay of many longtime fans, arguing that the fight to protect transgenders is more important than a rock concert. Shortly thereafter, PayPal, a global corporate powerhouse, cancelled plans to expand into the state, declaring their position loud for all to hear. Meanwhile, North Carolina resident and widely renowned evangelical voice Franklin Graham told his 3.5 million followers on Facebook that PayPal reached the height of hypocrisy in boycotting the state while they openly engage in business with Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Yemen and now Cuba – all of whom have been known to punish, torture or even execute homosexuals. One GOP representative defended the bill by arguing it was based on “common-sense.”

The Bible can help us on this issue, because it specifically teaches that God knew us before were formed (Jeremiah 1:5) and that God Himself created us. He knitted us together in our mothers’ wombs (Psalm 139:3). But Bible knowledge isn’t all that common nowadays.

It’s interesting to note that in Genesis, the Bible literally takes a poetic pause to demonstrate the need for the phrase “male and female.” It’s written like this:

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27).

It’s as if God knew the culture was headed in this direction, and that He needed to very carefully, specifically, make a defining statement that expressed the differences between genders. Amazingly, though, progressives who claim to be Christians reject this take. Some even affirm the LGBT lifestyle stating that, “God doesn’t make mistakes.”

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Lady Gaga pushed this belief worldwide in her hit song, “Born this way.” The problem with this statement is that if God doesn’t make mistakes (and He doesn’t), then it wasn’t a mistake that you were born the gender that you were born with and are thereby governed by the complementary sexuality.

The conversation surrounding transgender bathroom choice has become a prominent discussion in the progressive movement and, therefore, the United States, which seems all the more to be carrying the progressive mantle to the nations.

Bathrooms: Why N.C. Is Right, The Transgender Community Is Wrong, And Our Society Has Officially Gone Crazy

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With so many opinions in the pot, there has to be some filter for the decision-making process, and that filter – we should agree — is safety. Safety for all should be our top priority. You can’t make everybody happy, but you can attempt to keep everybody safe.  We need look no further than the statistics to make a case for gender-exclusive bathrooms:

The facts show that as many as 1 out of 4 girls will be sexually abused during childhood. Stats also show that only 0.3 percent of Americans identify as transgender, rendering such a controversial ruling almost completely unnecessary. The majority of the population is frightened, and rightly so, that opening bathrooms up in a neutral sense would allow predators to peep, spy on, and possibly expose themselves to members of the opposite sex.  It’s simple. If curious boys, and depraved predators will go to great lengths to spy and abuse, why wouldn’t they walk through a literal open door to do so – especially if such an entrance into the bathroom is protected by law? 

This opinion has grounding with precedent: Just last year in Toronto, a college’s open-bathroom policy found itself against the wall after college girls were filmed showering by young males. The school quickly responded by changing the policy, providing the girls with female-only restrooms.

I’m no statistics professor, but I’d have to assume that while only 0.3 percent of Americans identify as “transgender,” there is a much higher percentage of curious straight males that have enough gaunt to satisfy their curiosity, using the bathroom ordinance as a legal means to do so.

The fine-line is getting less and less fine, and people are growing more and more in danger by the minute. While the liberals argue that North Carolina’s ruling fails to protect the transgender community’s ego, the law, in fact, protects girls and women from predation and sexual abuse. Common sense should demonstrate that the latter is more important. Sadly, however, much of mainstream society just isn’t in agreement.

 

Parents Labeled ‘Unfit’ MUST Get Their Children Vaccinated, Court Rules

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A judge who ordered children vaccinated, despite their mother’s objections on religious grounds, acted properly, an appeals court in Michigan has ruled.

The unidentified mother’s requests were ignored because she had been deemed unfit by the state.

“Because the trial court has the authority to make medical decisions for children under its jurisdiction over (the mother’s) objections to immunization and the court did not clearly err by determining that vaccination was appropriate for the welfare of children and society, we affirm,” an opinion from the Michigan Court of Appeals read.

Michigan Live reported that the woman had been deemed unfit because of unstable housing, lack of financial support and food for the children, improper supervision, and mental health issues. The case began when a social worker asked a court in Kent County, Michigan, to order the children vaccinated.

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The mother objected on religious grounds, but a judge ordered that the children be vaccinated. She filed an appeal, and the Court of Appeals upheld the judge’s ruling.

“When a parent has been found ‘unfit,’ the state may interfere with a parent’s right to direct the care, custody, and control of a child,” the appeals court ruled.

“We recognize that, were respondent a fit parent entitled to control and custody of her children, (state law) would undoubtedly allow her to forego the immunization of her children otherwise required by the Public Health Code on the grounds of religious objection.

“However, this provision is inapplicable on the present facts for the simple reason that the children are not being immunized as a result of provisions in the Public Health Code. That is, the trial court did not order the children’s immunization under any provision of the Public Health Cole, rather … the court exercised its broad authority to enter dispositional orders for the health of a child under its jurisdiction, including the authority to enter dispositional orders regarding medical treatment.”

The number of kids without vaccination in Michigan fell by 8,000, or 39 percent, between 2014 and 2015, after the state made it harder for parents to get vaccination waivers, Michigan Live reported.

Previously, parents could formally waive vaccinations by simply signing a paper at the child’s school. Starting in January 2015, the parents of public school children were required to sign the paperwork at the county health department after sitting through an education session about the benefits of vaccinations.

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On The Trail? A Simple Recipe For You.

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On The Trail? A Simple Recipe For You.

Today’s recipe is a simple meal meant for cooking while on the march or on the trail. These are “Norfolk Dumplings” and it comes from the Primitive Cookery book. For such a simple recipe, it really is quite delicious. A perfect outdoor recipe! ***************************** On The Trail? A Simple Recipe For You. ***************************** Sign up […]

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Special Needs Prepping!

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Special Needs Prepping
DJ Cooper “Surviving Dystopia

Special Needs Prepping childrenWhat do I mean by special needs? I mean anything that can be a need for a member of your family or group that may not be considered under the “normal” needs we prepare for. This past weekend when I kept trying to write this show information I had someone with her own special needs that needed attention which makes me think. What I mean by a special need could be any number of things.

Special Needs Prepping elderlySome of the special things we need to consider beyond those that might be what we would immediately think of like Diabetes, and other illness. Many of which I do wish to talk on because there are important factors to consider, but also consider some of these things.

Children… They have needs that are not always the same as an adult. Keeping them busy or even quiet can be a challenge sometimes.

Elderly… Many overlook the incredible value of these people and fail to prepare for their care and needs. The knowledge locked away inside our older friends and family is priceless and their wisdom and information could be priceless.

Conditions like pregnancy… While temporary, it comes with a whole plethora of possible needs and complications. Do you know how to deliver a baby? What the mother or child might need?

Many will remember to prepare for their pets but overlook some of the most basic of these special circumstances. Let’s chat this week about some of these, I encourage everyone to join me in chat and help remind myself and others of some of these needs so we can share your thoughts and ideas as well. If you would like to chat live on air about it I would love for you to call in.
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‘Nanny State Bill’ Passes Mandating That Teachers Grade PARENTS

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Teachers would be required to monitor parents’ involvement with their children and even “grade” their interaction under a proposed state law in Mississippi.

If House Bill 4 is approved, then parents would receive grades for homework completion, attendance at school and even test scores. The bill is known as the Parent Involvement and Accountability Act and already passed the Republican-controlled House.

The parental grades would be written in a section of the report card that teachers would be required to fill out.

“My initial reaction is, this is absurd,” Mary Clare Reim, a research associate at the Heritage Foundation, told Watchdog.org. “The concept that parents should be graded by teachers on their involvement is a reversal of what the education system should look like. Parents should be grading teachers on their performance. Putting grades on parental involvement from the top down is not the way this should work.”

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The bill sponsored by State Representative Gregory Holloway Jr. (D-Hazlehurst) would mandate how school districts in Mississippi regulate student and teacher behavior.

The bill applies to schools that receive a D or worse grade from the Mississippi Department of Education, although other school districts would have the option of implementing it.

“Each report card for students in kindergarten through Grade 12 shall include a section in which the teacher grades parental involvement as satisfactory, in need of improvement or unsatisfactory,” the bill says.

Parents would be graded on:

  • Attendance at parent-teacher conferences.
  • Whether children get to school on time.
  • Whether children complete homework on time.
  • What grades the child makes.

The bill passed the Republican-controlled Mississippi House of Representatives by a vote of 75-4.

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Being Prepared: Have You Covered The Basics?

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Being Prepared: Have You Covered The Basics?

Let’s be honest, when it comes to preparedness matters, most of us tend to gravitate toward those aspects which bring us the most pleasure. In some cases, we neglect to involve our families in our plans and practice. I can tell you that I truly enjoy practicing bushcraft skills, cooking with the bare essentials over […]

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This Is Why You Shouldn’t Shelter Your Children From Guns

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child with gunWhen it comes to the subject of children and firearms, there seems to be two prevailing schools of thought. One says that if you have children, all of your firearms need to be locked up and hidden away, and kids shouldn’t even be aware of your firearms until they’re old enough to respect them. The other school of thought suggests quite the opposite. Kids need to be introduced to firearms at a very early age, even if they don’t quite understand what they’re looking at. They need some familiarity with guns, so that it kills their curiosity.

It’s hard to argue with the former sometimes. Little kids don’t mix well with firearms unless they are under strict supervision. It’s not uncommon for children to stumble upon their parent’s weapons, and accidentally shoot themselves or others. Every year, over 2000 kids are accidentally injured with firearms in America, and among kids aged 10 and under, accidents account for 75% of all firearm injuries.

But is sheltering your kids from firearms really the best way to keep them from hurting themselves and others? It’s hard to say since, to my knowledge at least, there haven’t been any studies made on the matter. And sometimes, even when parents familiarize their children with guns, accidents still happen.

However, a recent experiment conducted by KWWL News in Iowa found that it’s probably best to familiarize your kids with firearms, even when they’re really young.  Though the experiment didn’t set out to prove anything in that regard, it sure is compelling. Under the guidance of a police officer, they planted an unloaded pistol in a room full of toys to see how long it would take for several kids to find it, and play with it. If you’re short on time, you can get the gist of the video by starting at the 5 minute mark.

Though the sample size is small, the results are impossible to ignore. The only kids who didn’t play with the gun were the ones who grew in households that have guns. They’ve seen them before, and on some level they know that guns aren’t toys.

So with that in mind, it’s probably safe to say that it’s a bad idea to shelter your kids from guns, even though it can sometimes be a little nerve-racking to broach this subject with them. If you’re a gun owner with a family, show your firearms to your kids, teach them how they work and how to be safe with them. And if they’re old enough to understand, explain the lethal potential that is inherent in every firearm. Make it clear that these aren’t toys and they’re not for fun (until they’re old enough to have fun with them of course) and you should be able to stunt their curiosity.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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11 Winter Survival Skills Every Child Should Know

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Are you attached to your child at the hip every minute of every single day? Your children have a far greater chance of survival if they possess some basic self-reliance skills and have practiced the emergency disaster plan with the family.

Even if your work does not force you to leave the property and the children are homeschooled, they are still not protected from a crisis. Children, even the youngest ones in the family, must learn what to do if mommy and daddy are not home, are injured, or are killed, during a disaster. Teaching children about disaster should begin at a very early age and the information should be presented in a manner which does not scare the child, but still relays the seriousness of the issue.

For example, children are firmly taught that a stove is hot and not to touch it when they are a toddler, yet they do not fear walking by the stove when they scamper into the kitchen. Employ non-nonsense and loving tactics when educating children about emergency situations and their role during such situations.

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Children need to learn what to do in event that specific disasters strikes. A checklist or picture book can help relay this message and reinforce the lessons learned during drills. Winter weather threats can quickly prove deadly for panicked children who suddenly find themselves without an adult around to save the day. If little Billy ventures out in the cold to look for help because the power went out, then he could get frostbit in mere minutes if not dressed properly.

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Skills to Teach Your Children

Some of the skills on this list may not be appropriate for young children, but here are 10 to consider:

  1. How to forage during winter and what can be eaten around the house.
  2. How to start a fire using multiple methods.
  3. How to cook over an open fire.
  4. How to use a “finger” saw to cut kindling.
  5. How to safely use a knife.
  6. How to find the way home, even in snow, from multiple directions.
  7. How to ward off frostbite.
  8. How to dry damp or wet gloves, socks, and hats over a fire safely.
  9. How to check frozen ponds and creeks to ensure they are safe to walk upon.
  10. How to find drinking water / melt snow to drink.
  11. How to find shelter when it’s cold.

Winter Survival Kit Items For Young Children

  • Picture book which details family emergency plan with family contact information typed inside the front cover. Pages specific to winter survival and other weather-related disaster tips should be included in the book.
  • Mylar blanket, gloves, hat, scarf, thermal socks, set of thermal underwear and handwarmers
  • Flashlight and glow sticks.
  • Basic first-aid kit with Band Aids, a quick clot bandage, triple antibiotic ointment, and antiseptic wipes.
  • Map created to guide the child to a designated meeting place if they must evacuate the home.
  • Several bottles of water and food which can be opened easily and eaten without heating.

Winter Survival Kit Items For Older Children

  • Copy of family emergency plan, family contact information
  • Flashlight and glow lights
  • Mylar blanket, gloves, hat, scarf, thermal socks, set of thermal underwear and handwarmers
  • Firestarter and reminder note about safety and details about starting a fire in the family fireplace or woodstove. Instructions on how to utilize the family solar generator if one is owned by the family.
  • Bottles of water and long-term storage food which can be heated in a pouch but also food items which do not require cooking.
  • Pocket knife, signaling mirror, binoculars and a compass

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Obama’s Stunning New Plan: Home Visits For Parents, ‘Equal’ Partnership In Raising Children

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American parents soon could have “equal partners” in parenting — the federal government – and be faced with home visits, too.

That’s according to a draft policy statement from two federal departments that are full of Obama appointees: the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services.

“It is the position of the Departments that all early childhood programs and schools recognize families as equal partners in improving children’s development, learning and wellness across all settings, and over the course of their children’s developmental and educational experiences,” the statement says.

The draft document is titled “DRAFT POLICY STATEMENT ON FAMILY ENGAGEMENT FROM THE EARLY YEARS TO THE EARLY GRADES.”

Increased Government Involvement in Family Life

The draft policy outlined in the document reads like a blueprint for increased government involvement in family life. It list a number of goals that could increase official interference in childrearing if implemented, including home visits.

“To support ongoing relationship building with families, programs and schools should conduct periodic home visits so that teachers and families can get to know each other and communicate about children’s ’goals, strengths, challenges, and progress,” the draft reads. “If home visits are not possible for all families, schools or programs should require that teachers or providers and families communicate at the beginning of the year to ensure that the relationship is started in a positive way.”

Under the policies, teachers and school officials would be encouraged to become more involved in the family life of children.

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Some of the goals in the document seem harmless, such as encouraging parents to read to kids and promoting early learning activities at home. Others are more bothersome, though. The document seems to encourage authorities to evaluate parents’ mental health.

“Parental health and mental health impact parenting and children’s outcomes. For example, parental depression may contribute to less responsive parenting and is associated with anxiety and depression in children.”

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Does that mean parents or perspective parents would be urged to submit to counseling or psychiatric care? A later passage seems to say just that:

“It is much more difficult to engage in children’s learning if a family’s basic needs are not met. This research indicates that the institutions where children learn cannot ignore family wellness if they want to meaningfully engage families and fulfill their mission to prepare children for school and academic success. While some of these needs may be met in schools and early childhood programs through onsite comprehensive services, others can be met through partnerships with organizations and specialists in the community. Meeting families where they are, promoting their wellness alongside their children’s through connections to community resources, and partnering with them on their children’s learning and development, will result in optimal outcomes for children.”

The New American criticized the document, saying it is full of assumptions that many parents would strongly oppose – even if it is surrounded by innocent-sounding language.

“At first glance, the Obama administration policy document appears to be merely about ‘engaging families’ in the raising of their own children,” Alex Newman of The New American wrote. “… What it implies, though, is that Big Brother is also going to play the role of ‘advocate’ and ‘nurturer’ to your children. Perhaps Big Brother can provide hugs and bed-time stories soon, too.

Newman continued: “[T]hroughout the document, it becomes brazenly clear that federal bureaucrats are starting from the false assumption that Big Brother is in charge of raising children, and that parents may be called upon to help out as ‘partners.’ It also purports to provide justification for governments to pry into every aspect of family life — an extraordinarily dangerous proposition that is a hallmark of totalitarian governments. The mindset evidenced throughout the document is beyond paternalistic and condescending to parents.”

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Obama’s Stunning New Education Plan: Home Visits For Parents, ‘Equal’ Partnership In Raising Children

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Obama's Stunning New Plan: Home Visits For Parents, 'Equal' Partnership In Raising Children

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American parents soon could have “equal partners” in parenting — the federal government – and be faced with home visits, too.

That’s according to a draft policy statement from two federal departments that are full of Obama appointees: the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services.

“It is the position of the Departments that all early childhood programs and schools recognize families as equal partners in improving children’s development, learning and wellness across all settings, and over the course of their children’s developmental and educational experiences,” the statement says.

The draft document is titled “DRAFT POLICY STATEMENT ON FAMILY ENGAGEMENT FROM THE EARLY YEARS TO THE EARLY GRADES.”

Increased Government Involvement in Family Life

The draft policy outlined in the document reads like a blueprint for increased government involvement in family life. It list a number of goals that could increase official interference in childrearing if implemented, including home visits.

“To support ongoing relationship building with families, programs and schools should conduct periodic home visits so that teachers and families can get to know each other and communicate about children’s ’goals, strengths, challenges, and progress,” the draft reads. “If home visits are not possible for all families, schools or programs should require that teachers or providers and families communicate at the beginning of the year to ensure that the relationship is started in a positive way.”

Under the policies, teachers and school officials would be encouraged to become more involved in the family life of children.

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Some of the goals in the document seem harmless, such as encouraging parents to read to kids and promoting early learning activities at home. Others are more bothersome, though. The document seems to encourage authorities to evaluate parents’ mental health.

“Parental health and mental health impact parenting and children’s outcomes. For example, parental depression may contribute to less responsive parenting and is associated with anxiety and depression in children.”

‘Big Brother Is In Charge Of Raising Your Childen’

Obama's Stunning New Plan: Home Visits For Parents, 'Equal' Partnership In Raising Children

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Does that mean parents or perspective parents would be urged to submit to counseling or psychiatric care? A later passage seems to say just that:

“It is much more difficult to engage in children’s learning if a family’s basic needs are not met. This research indicates that the institutions where children learn cannot ignore family wellness if they want to meaningfully engage families and fulfill their mission to prepare children for school and academic success. While some of these needs may be met in schools and early childhood programs through onsite comprehensive services, others can be met through partnerships with organizations and specialists in the community. Meeting families where they are, promoting their wellness alongside their children’s through connections to community resources, and partnering with them on their children’s learning and development, will result in optimal outcomes for children.”

The New American criticized the document, saying it is full of assumptions that many parents would strongly oppose – even if it is surrounded by innocent-sounding language.

“At first glance, the Obama administration policy document appears to be merely about ‘engaging families’ in the raising of their own children,” Alex Newman of The New American wrote. “… What it implies, though, is that Big Brother is also going to play the role of ‘advocate’ and ‘nurturer’ to your children. Perhaps Big Brother can provide hugs and bed-time stories soon, too.

Newman continued: “[T]hroughout the document, it becomes brazenly clear that federal bureaucrats are starting from the false assumption that Big Brother is in charge of raising children, and that parents may be called upon to help out as ‘partners.’ It also purports to provide justification for governments to pry into every aspect of family life — an extraordinarily dangerous proposition that is a hallmark of totalitarian governments. The mindset evidenced throughout the document is beyond paternalistic and condescending to parents.”

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Silver, the unseen benefits!

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Silver, the unseen benefits!
James Walton “I Am Liberty

Silver, the unseen benefitsIf you frequent any prepper website its likely you are inundated with information about buying gold and silver. Most adds can be as ostentatious as to tell you that “quickly before the dollar is devalued to 0” you must buy gold and silver. Then there is a quiver inside you. Fear begins to chip away at your common sense and you make poor decisions. If you have a desire to get into buying silver read this article to find out the benefits that go far beyond an economic collapse.

Early on I bought into this idea. I bought silver at $25 and I have bought silver at $13. There was a time when I felt pressured to purchase silver because I thought we wouldn’t be able to afford bread if I didn’t have an alternate means to pay for it. The wheel barrels of money type of thing had a hold of my consciousness. Pretty soon, however, something began to happen.

I started to fall in love with these gleaming pieces. These incredible designs and the weight and worth of the metal began to take me over like a spell. Soon it became less about price and more about design. I started seeking out certain pieces with my son and we enjoy going to different locations and buying silver.

Silver pieces that are brought out only on “special occasions” are a great way to inspire your children to begin counting. They are these beautiful, shiny things that kids want to touch, when they are permitted to. This is a great way to get children excited about counting and math that doesn’t involve flash cards or phone apps.

If you find a quality dealer they will have the ability to engrave coins as well. This gives you an incredible option for creating very important and nostalgic pieces for your collection. Just recently Silvertowne, one of my favorite dealers, has created a small case for silver coins that transforms that coin into a Christmas tree ornament. Awesome.

Of course beyond all of this warm and fuzzy that goes along with collecting, buying, hoarding, storing or stacking, there are also the benefits of owning a very real and tangible asset.
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Parents Fined $1,350 For Pulling Grieving Kids Out Of School

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Parents Fined $1,350 For Pulling Grieving Kids Out Of School

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Taking kids out of school – even if it’s related to the death of a relative — can cost a fortune if you live in the United Kingdom.

Kerry and Richard Bowering were fined $1,350 (£950) for taking their three school-age daughters on vacation to Spain to heal after their grandmother’s tragic death.

“In January, their gran (grandmother) died of cancer and then at the end of February their mum had a hysterectomy for cervical cancer,” Richard Bowering told Yahoo News UK. “They were really badly affected by those things – it was a nightmare time – so we thought we would give them a break and take them on holiday. I asked for a bit of compassion to allow us to do that. I asked the headmistress (principal) for permission and she refused.”

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The family that lives in Bristol, England, decided to take the trip anyway. That led the Bristol City Council to fine them around $85 per parent for each of the children. A local court then increased the fines to $1,350 when the parents did not show up in court.

“The council has a duty to follow the current legislation and national guidelines relating to pupil attendance, as set out in the Department for Education’s guidance,” a spokesman for the Bristol City Council told the website. “This includes fines which are also set out by central government.”

In the United Kingdom, schools are administered by local governments but all school policy is set by Her Majesty’s Government. This includes mandatory attendance, which can be very costly as the Bowerings discovered.

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An 18th Century Cheese Soup

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An 18th Century Cheese Soup

Published on Jan 25, 2016 This cheese soup is another recipe from Ann Cook’s 1755 cookbook, “Professed Cookery.” It’s a very easy and delicious little dish that is perfect for this cold weather. You have to try it! An 18th Century Cheese Soup ***************************** Genesee Country Village – https://www.gcv.org/ Click Here for the last week’s […]

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Persimmons

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Persimmons

Persimmons are a sweet and delicious fruit that are an excellent source of vitamin A, C, and B-complex and minerals such as potassium, manganese and copper. They contain an anti-cancer and anti-tumor compound called Betulinic acid which makes them highly beneficial for lung, colon, prostate, breast, and skin cancer. Persimmons contain active enzymes that help […]

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‘I’m Here to Investigate Unsocialized Homeschoolers’

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'I’m Here to Investigate Unsocialized Homeschoolers'

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Simply homeschooling or having a large number of children can now apparently get a family investigated by a social worker in some states. In fact, one homeschool mom says that a social worker visited her home because her children allegedly were “unsocialized.”

The unidentified mom, called “Amy,” gave the account to the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)

“When the social worker stopped by this afternoon I asked her what the accusations are, and she said: ‘Well, it looks like we’ve got a report here of unsocialized homeschoolers,’” the woman told Mike Donnelly, an HSLDA staff attorney.

Donnelly was so astounded by the allegations that he asked Amy to clarify the remark. He even asked, “Did you say she is investigating ‘unsocialized homeschoolers?’”

“Yes, sir,” Amy replied.

“Unsocialized” apparently means that someone thinks the kids are not spending enough time with other children or in the community.

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“Here we are in 2016,” Donnelly wrote on the HSLDA blog, “with over two million homeschoolers in the United States, and social services agencies are still investigating homeschooling families for concerns about ‘socialization’! But this isn’t the first call we’ve received about this, and I doubt it will be the last.”

Donnelly told Amy that lack of socialization is not considered neglect or abuse under state laws. He suggested that she ask the social worker to reveal everything she was investigating. Social workers sometimes fail to do that “even though federal law and most state law requires them to do so at their first contact,” Donnelly wrote.

“She said that in addition to the unsocialized homeschoolers, the allegations included that our back yard was a mess, and that there was no way there could be enough beds in our house for our 10 children,” Amy told Donnelly after she had contact again with the social worker.

Amy told Donnelly that she thinks a neighbor – one she was not getting along with — called the social worker on her family. Complaints to social workers are anonymous.

Thankfully, the incident ended amicably, with the social worker, after a follow-up visit, telling Amy she had a nice-looking family and that she was closing the case.

The incident, Donnelly said, is a reminder that families – especially homeschoolers — should understand the law before a social worker visits.

“It is striking how many people are not aware of their rights,” Donnelly wrote. “And sadly, too few social workers or government officials actively seek to protect the rights of citizens they are investigating.”

HSLDA is a nonprofit advocacy organization that defends the constitutional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children.

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Primitive Life Intro

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Primitive Life Intro

                                                                                  Primitive life     Hello my name is Jason Wroten. I came up with the concept of primitive life training last year. I felt the need to teach people primitive survival skills in hope of spreading the ancient knowledge that was passed down to me at a young age and knowledge that I […]

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The Surprising Way ‘Farm Life’ Keeps Kids From Getting Sick

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The Surprising Way ‘Farm Life' Keeps Kids From Getting Sick

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My children are almost never sick. They usually end up at the doctor’s office because they hurt themselves.

My wife and I have taught them the value of cleanliness and good personal hygiene, but we don’t rush them to the house every time they get their hands dirty.

I have embraced the same philosophy about high immunity with the kids as we do the livestock on the farm.

I believe if you work to keep the immune system strong, then when it encounters something foreign it can “learn from it” and recognize it in the future.

This philosophy is a radical departure from today’s germophobic society. Most people are using more antibacterial soaps, detergents and hand sanitizers than ever before. Society warns children not to get dirty and not to touch anything “filthy” — all in the name of trying to keep them healthy.

But researchers have observed the so-called “farm effect” — the low incidence of allergies and asthma in kids raised on farms — in central Europe for a long time.

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In fact, Dr. Mark Holbreich teamed up with European colleagues to learn more about why Amish children have such low rates of allergies and asthma.

The going theory is this early exposure to the diverse potential allergens and pathogens on a farm trains the immune system to recognize them, but not overreact to the harmless ones.

So it turns out that science may agree with my philosophy.

The Surprising Way ‘Farm Life' Keeps Kids From Getting Sick

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It’s always good to have some research to back up your own convictions, but I think it’s pretty obvious if you look at it simplistically.

Amish kids are working on the farm at a young age. They are eating a lot of farm food and not nearly as much processed foods. Many of them are drinking raw milk as soon they are weaned from mom.

Contrast that with a child in front of the television or game system with very little biological diversity in a small backyard, and it can be tough to test your immune system as thoroughly as someone on a homestead farm who is introduced to all the little microbes (good and bad) that can be found there.

My advice: Let your kids play outside instead of trying to keep them as clean and sterile as possible and they’ll likely stimulate their immune system in ways that only nature can accomplish.

Here’s some tips to keep their immune system running at a high level:

1) Reduce sugar/fructose intake.

2) Eat off the farm — plenty of unprocessed pure foods.

3) Consume lots of good bacteria such as sauerkraut, kefir and other fermented foods.

4) Get plenty of sleep.

If you work on these four areas it can really give your children’s health a boost.

So take your kids outside and let them get dirty. If you don’t live on a homestead farm, then go visit one, or take them camping, hiking — something. It’ll do their immune system some good and their soul, too!

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Protein In SHTF

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Protein In SHTF

When we think about bugging out or bugging in we often think about firearms, backpacks, and other tools. We often do not consider our edibles. Preparing for a bad time and putting away stock is always a good thing. Your preparations will only last so long though, and planning ahead for when your preparations run […]

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Bone Broth

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Bone Broth

Bone Broth It’s winter here in Colorado so Aaron with Dream Catcher Botanicals shows you how to make bone broth. Stay warm! Bone Broth

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Children In Prepping!

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Children In Prepping!
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Special guest – ‘Prepper A’

Children In PreppingSo you’ve caught the vision of what it means to be self reliant, and to be prepared for a variety of scenarios that might leave your family without outside assistance for a period of time. But your family is not on board, and isn’t sure what all the fuss is about. How do you help you children catch the vision, and motivate them to participate joyfully?

Join Katzcradul for this week’s episode of The Homestead Honey Hour when her special guest will be her own daughter, ‘Prepper A’. Most of Katzradul’s YouTube subscribers are well acquainted with ‘Prepper A’. She is Katz’s right hand gal! She’s behind the camera on all of Katzcradul’s videos, and often offers commentary. Subscribers always look forward to her comments on videos, after tasting a dish her mom had prepared. Her ‘thumbs up’ is well respected. But she’s so much more than just a videographer or taste tester. She is an integral part of her family’s preparedness efforts. She’s involved at every level.

If you have children or grandchildren that you want to get involved in you efforts, be sure to join Katz and Prepper A as they discuss how to involve children and teenagers in your plans, and how to motivate them to participate cheerfully and with enthusiasm. It really is possible.
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What Is The Right Age To Teach Kids About Guns?

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What Age Should I Teach My Kids About Guns?

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A common question of new parents on the homestead is this: “When should I teach my kids about guns?” This is a tricky question, as there is no one right answer.

Generally, age doesn’t matter; maturity of the child does. A 5 year old who is respectful and listens well to instruction can safely be taught firearm basics, while another child may be 14 or 15 before he or she can or should be taught. Therefore, it’s important to use common sense in deciding if your child is mentally mature enough to understand the potential danger of guns and be able to listen to your instructions.

Most parents and authorities on gun safety will agree that children should be taught from a young age to leave firearms alone, unless they have permission from an adult. It’s a good idea to show your kids what firearms you may have in your house to let them become familiar them, in the event they find a gun in or outside of your home. Generally, this can be done when a child is only a few years old. Many parents make the mistake of simply telling a kid, “See this gun? Never touch it!” — and that’s the end of that lesson. Unfortunately, this isn’t exactly a good idea for a few reasons.

How often did your parents tell you not to do something — but you did it anyway? In fact, maybe the reason you were pushed to do what you weren’t supposed to was because your parents made it such a big deal not to do it.

The problem with “don’t touch this!” is that it puts curiosity into most kids. There are terrible stories every year of children finding a gun and playing with it, completely oblivious to what they are doing because they were never taught. These events often lead to serious injury or death.

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A better way of teaching children respect is to lay out some of your firearms and introduce your kids to them. Tell them a little about each gun and instill some basic firearm safety rules. Allow them to ask questions and let them touch or hold the gun. Explaining the power of a firearm can be difficult for a young child who may not have an understanding of what death is.

Some parents may show their child a hunting video, explaining that when someone uses a gun to shoot a deer (or other game) that it leads to death. Shooting a gun at someone isn’t a video game; what gets shot won’t get back up. How you go about explaining this is up to your personal beliefs. For some hunting families, kids may be brought up with guns at such a young age that they understand very quickly that guns are not toys and they do kill.

Ideally, a child shouldn’t fear guns or become nervous around them, as this isn’t safe, either. Instead, the child should learn that guns are useful tools but need to be treated with the upmost respect. While shooting at targets may be fun and exciting, guns are absolutely not toys and must be handled carefully.

What Age Should I Teach My Kids About Guns?

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It isn’t a bad idea to begin teaching kids from a very early age about gun safety rules, even if you know the child may not be mentally mature enough to learn how to shoot for years. Depending on how you learned about firearm safety personally, there may be different rules you have memorized. There are many different gun safety rule lists out there, but my two favorites are Jeff Cooper’s Four Rules and the Ten Commandments of Gun Safety. They are as follows:

Jeff Cooper’s Four Rules:

  1. All guns are always loaded.
  2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

Ten Commandments of Gun Safety (these may vary depending on the source)

  1. Treat every gun with the respect due a loaded gun.
  2. Carry only empty guns, taken down or with the action open, into your car, camp and home.
  3. Always be sure that the barrel and action are clear of obstructions.
  4. Always carry your gun so that you can control the direction of the muzzle.
  5. Be sure of your target before you pull the trigger.
  6. Never point a gun at anything you do not want to shoot.
  7. Never leave your gun unattended unless you unload it first.
  8. Never climb a tree or a fence with a loaded gun.
  9. Never shoot at a flat, hard surface or the surface of water.
  10. Do not mix gunpowder and alcohol.
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The Four Rules is a great starting place for educating your child. Teach them to your child and get them to memorize them. Ask them safety questions randomly and see if they don’t just recite words but actually understand the rules. Once safety rules and handling are completely understood by a child, you can move to learn how to safely shoot a gun.

Most parents will start off with airsoft rifles or BB guns before turning to an actual firearm. Starting with a BB gun is never a bad idea and since it is quiet with no recoil, it really helps a child gain confidence. A common mistake in firearm safety is letting a child shoot a gun that is too much for them. The recoil or the loud sound can be intimidating and end up teaching the child to flinch in anticipation when firing a gun. This is a terrible habit and one that is difficult to break.

Once a child is comfortable with a BB gun and is eager to shoot a real gun, a .22 rifle is a great start. They even have child-sized .22s like the Chipmunk and the Crickett. Don’t rush the process of teaching your child how to comfortably and safely shoot. Have fun and be sure they are enjoying themselves. You may be having a blast teaching your child these skills, but it’s a good idea not to nag them or tire them out.

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This New Bill Would Require Background Checks On All Parents

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This New Bill Would Require Background Checks On All Parents

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All parents of children in public and private schools would have to undergo social services background checks when enrolling their kids in school in Ohio under a new proposed state law.

The bill by State Senator Capri S. Cafaro (D-Youngstown) specifically exempts most homeschoolers, although it doesn’t exempt homeschool families who form what is called a non-chartered, non-tax-supported school.

The bill also would require school officials to inform Child Protective Services (CPS) if a parent who was under investigation enrolled a child in school. CPS would be required to continue the investigation or open a new one.

The Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has spoken out against the bill, saying that while it opposes child abuse, this bill is not the solution.

HSLDA attorney Mike Donnelly is concerned that the law would open up sensitive state databases to school officials.

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“Instead of opening up access to sensitive databases and mandating background checks on millions of Ohio families, HSLDA believes that CPS improvements should focus on better training, requiring that current policies be followed,” the organization said in a press release. “This will allow social workers to focus on serious cases instead of following a one-size-fits-all approach that mandates an overly intrusive and broad investigation for non-serious allegations.”

This is the second time that Cafaro has written a piece of legislation that has attracted the HSDLA’s opposition. In December 2013, Cafaro introduced Senate Bill 248, which would have required background checks for all homeschoolers. It never became law.

The current proposal, like Senate Bill 248, was prompted by the tragic death of 14-year-old Teddy Foltz-Tedesco, who was badly abused by his mother and her boyfriend. Foltz-Tedesco had been withdrawn from public school sometime before his death.

“Senator Cafaro’s bill would not prevent another tragedy like the death of Teddy Foltz,” HSLDA said. “Teddy was kept from school, and it has never been proven that his mother ever said she was homeschooling. Local child protection authorities were aware that Teddy was being abused and failed to intervene.”

HSLDA, a press release said, condemns child abuse and affirms the “role of authorities in detecting and preventing abuse.”

“When too few social workers are chasing too many allegations, many of them anonymous and trivial, it reduces the ability of the system to prevent tragedies,” it said. “HSLDA encourages Senator Cafaro to invest time and energy in solutions more likely to prevent situations like the Teddy Foltz case, rather than the proposed approach of investigating every family that enrolls in a public or private school in Ohio.”

Cafaro’s proposal is only the latest effort to strengthen the relationship between CPS and schools. In Erie County, New York, CPS workers are now stationed at public schools to monitor children, Off The Grid News reported in October.

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The Lightest and Crispiest Cookie You’ll Eat!

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The Lightest and Crispiest Cookie You’ll Eat!

The cookie we make in today’s video was called a “drop biscuit” in the 18th century recipe we’ve selected from Eliza Smith’s 1734 cookbook, “The Compleat Housewife.” It is a fine example of a traditional egg-leavened biscuit or cake. While this recipe has only three simple ingredients, if you make it by hand without the […]

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A Savory “1788” Steak Pudding

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A Savory “1788” Steak Pudding

Jon and Kevin are working together on a recipe today! This is an absolutely delicious “Steak Pudding” from the 1788 Cookbook “The English Art of Cookery.” This is definitely a top-tier recipe that you have to try! A Savory “1788” Steak Pudding To learn more about suet, watch our video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypRsO… To learn more […]

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A 240-Year-Old Recipe for Pickling Eggs

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A 240-Year-Old Recipe for Pickling Eggs

Here is another video that is part of our 18th century food preservation series. It is a very simple method for Pickling Eggs found in the 1777 edition of “The Lady’s Assistant Cookbook.” Whether you use these eggs as a garnish or as a dish by itself, this recipe makes stunningly colorful and delicious treats. […]

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Down and Dirty With Cloth Diapers

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cloth diapersIn 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 put in your B.O.B, and have done with it.

Yeah, that’s not really how it works. There are a lot of good things to say about cloth diapers. I’ve been using them for a little over four years, now, with three children, so I have at least some knowledge base here. We did save some very real money by opting for cloth; the initial cost will tend to turn your hair white. Our preferred brand tends to run about $18 per diaper, but in the long run we saved at least $1000, if not more.

Many people choose cloth diapers for their babies, and for a wide variety of reasons. Some parents are concerned about carcinogens found in disposable diapers, others favor the physical appearance of the diapers. Whatever reason you may have for looking into cloth diapers, there are some things you need to know about how to use them before you choose to rely on them in an emergency.

Before I continue, I should clarify what I mean when I say “cloth diapers,” because there are many different kinds. Most people hear the term and think of the old-fashioned prefolds that were worn with plastic or rubber pants. Those are certainly still around and are available for purchase, but doesn’t represent the current landscape of the cloth diaper market. Most people I know (myself included) prefer one-size pocket diapers – these have adjustable snaps, and must be stuffed with a liner, usually made of microfiber or similar. My kids have worn them from about three weeks after birth until potty training. And yes, they have lasted that long, too. There are also “snap-in-one” diapers, “all-in-one” diapers, and hybrid diapers. And with the invention of the snappi and polyurethane laminate covers, even flats and prefolds have experienced advances.

Reasons Why You Might Want To Think Again

  1. Cloth diapers are re-usable, but require a large amount of water to wash them. This should be a major consideration when packing your Bug-Out-Bag. 72 hour kits are for evacuations – will you be evacuating to a place that is guaranteed to have laundry facilities? If you don’t have access to a washing machine, will you at least have a bathtub, and will you be okay with doing diaper laundry by hand? These are important questions you need to ask yourself.
  2. Using cloth diapers can involve something of a learning curve. There are many different brands of cloth diaper, and depending on your baby’s physique (e.g. chubbiness of legs in proportion to the circumference of their waist) some brands may be more prone to leaks than others. Some problems can be solved by fiddling with the diaper itself, but other problems may require that you purchase another brand altogether.
  3. You will need more than just the diapers: wet bags, diaper sprayers, and special detergent. If you attempt to make the switch to cloth without the use of these accessories, it will be that much harder for you. It is absolutely essential that you use only cloth-diaper-friendly detergent on your cloth diapers. Regular detergent can lead to a build-up of soapy residue that will negatively impact the diapers’ absorbency and consequently shorten the life of the diaper.
  4. Cloth diapers require time and maintenance. I’ve had at least one child in diapers, and sometimes two, for four years. In that span of time, I have had to do an extra load of laundry at least every three days. When I had very young babies, it was closer to every other day and, at times, even daily.

So what’s in my own 72-hour kits? Disposables, known to my kids as “paper diapers.” They don’t take up as much room as cloth diapers, and don’t require any maintenance. They are a good solution to have on hand for times that require quick and easy diaper changes with little fuss.

You’ll probably read the above and be sworn off cloth diapers forever, because of how dull and dreary-sounding it appears. I hope you decide to keep reading, though, because there are more points to consider.

Reasons Why You Should Make The Switch to Cloth Diapers

  1.  A short-term emergency is one thing; what about a long-term emergency? Say there’s a tremendous disruption in shipping, and Costco’s inventory runs dry and you can’t get disposable diapers anywhere, not for love or money. Having cloth diapers on hand could be a real blessing, especially if you are already familiar with them. Even without the SHTF scenario hanging over your head, you won’t ever run out of diapers if you have a stash of “fluff.” Gone will be the days of midnight runs to the store to get more diapers.
  2. Cloth diapers last a long time. I got, on average, about two and a half years of use out of each of my posh bumGenius diapers. They don’t last forever and do wear out, but are extremely cost effective in the long run. “Old-school” diapers – prefolds and flats – have been known to last a decade or more.
  3. Yes, you do save money. Lots of money. I only wish I kept track of exactly how much money we’ve saved over the four years we’ve had our cloth diapers. We did need to purchase additional cloth diapers when my daughter was first born, and that set us back about $250, including the cost of detergent. Compare this to the average estimated cost of disposable diapers in a child’s first year, about $600. Our electric and water bills have not been significantly impacted since we began using cloth.
  4. Less trash in the landfill. Take a walk down the diaper aisle at any grocery store. Everything in that aisle is going to go straight into the trash.

A note on the Mommy Wars

The Cloth vs. Disposables debate has been at times heated and bloody. Rather than engage the rhetoric from either side, I’ll try to be a little diplomatic: as you’ve seen above, both kinds of diaper have their pros and cons. Circumstances change, and your situation may warrant one over the other. Some children develop horrible rashes in response to cloth diapers, in which you could argue that disposables are in the best interest of the child, if you have a choice. Other babies, however, get rashes from disposables.

My two boys loved their cloth diapers, but my daughter (now on the cusp of potty training.) starts crying if I try to put a cloth diaper on her. To be fair, her skin is more sensitive than her brothers’, and she breaks out in hives. It’s a battle that I have ceased to fight; after four years of exclusive cloth diapering, wherein I have battled a myriad of rashes and yeast infections and all kinds of things, I bought a big ol’ pack of disposables last week. I felt a little like I was abandoning my principles, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Have any of you had any experience using cloth diapers in during an emergency? What was your experience?

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A “Must-Try” Recipe: 18th Century Bread Pudding

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A “Must-Try” Recipe: 18th Century Bread Pudding

Published on Nov 2, 2015 We’ve tried many recipes from various 18th century cookbooks, but every now and again one rises above the rest. Today’s featured dish is one of these exceptional recipes. It’s found in Amelia Simmons’ 1796 cookbook, “American Cookery.” A “Must-Try” Recipe: 18th Century Bread Pudding To purchase the items featured in […]

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21 Facts About The Explosive Growth Of Poverty In America That Will Blow Your Mind

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By Michael Snyder – The Economic Collapse Blog

What you are about to see is more evidence that the growth of poverty in the United States is wildly out of control.  It turns out that there is a tremendous amount of suffering in “the wealthiest nation on the planet”, and it is getting worse with each passing year.  During this election season, politicians of all stripes are running around telling all of us how great we are, but is that really true?  As you will see below, poverty is reaching unprecedented levels in this country, and the middle class is steadily dying.  There aren’t enough good jobs to go around, dependence on the government has never been greater, and it is our children that are being hit the hardest.  If we have this many people living on the edge of despair now, while times are “good”, what are things going to look like when our economy really starts falling apart?  The following are 21 facts about the explosive growth of poverty in America that will blow your mind…

#1 The U.S. Census Bureau says that nearly 47 million Americans are living in poverty right now.

#2 Other numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau are also very disturbing.  For example, in 2007 about one out of every eight children in America was on food stamps.  Today, that number is one out of every five.

#3 According to Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer, the authors of a new book entitled “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America“, there are 1.5 million “ultrapoor” households in the United States that live on less than two dollars a day.  That number has doubled since 1996.

#4 46 million Americans use food banks each year, and lines start forming at some U.S. food banks as early as 6:30 in the morning because people want to get something before the food supplies run out.

#5 The number of homeless children in the U.S. has increased by 60 percent over the past six years.

Continue reading at The Economic Collapse Blog: 21 Facts About The Explosive Growth Of Poverty In America That Will Blow Your Mind

About the author:

Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.

Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream

Read his new book The Beginning of the End

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Creamy Chicken / Bacon Tortellini

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Homeschool Your Kid, Get Assigned A Social Worker

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A family in New York State was threatened with scrutiny by a social worker because parents chose to homeschool their son, the Home School Legal Defense Association says.

The dispute began in Mid-August when the unidentified family in the Minisink Valley Central School District in Orange County, New York, decided to homeschool their son. New York State law requires that parents file a document called an individual home instruction plan, or IHIP, with the school district in order to homeschool.

The parents received the necessary paperwork more than a month later, HSDLA reported. A week after receiving the documents, the parents got a disturbing phone call from a person identified as Lisa Delia, the secretary to Minisink Valley Central’s superintendent of schools. Delia told the parents that they had to turn in the IHIP immediately

“According to state law,” HSLDA wrote in a blog, “a parent has four weeks from receipt of the IHIP form to return it.”

That, though, mattered little to Delia, according to HSLDA.

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“She also informed the family that she would be assigning them a social worker and that their son had to remain in public school until the IHIP was approved,” HSLDA added.

Not surprisingly, the family was alarmed.

HSLDA staff attorney Tj Schmidt contacted Delia, “who admitted that she had called the family but denied saying anything about child protective services (CPS),” HSLDA said. “Schmidt informed Delia that state law allows a family four weeks to complete the IHIP and that the family wasn’t responsible for the district’s long delay in getting them the form. Schmidt also pointed out that state law does not require a child to remain in public school until the IHIP is ‘approved.’”

Delia later acknowledged that she had referenced CPS, but insisted she meant she would contact a social worker only if the IHIP was not submitted, HSLDA said.

Shortly after that conversation, Assistant Superintendent Christian Ranaudo contacted HSDLA and admitted that the family was in compliance with state law and that they had four weeks to submit the paperwork – and that no social worker would be assigned.

Once again, parents in America have had to turn to an attorney to get local school officials to follow state laws on homeschooling.

The Minisink Valley Central School District is located around Port Jervis, New York, or the near intersection of the states of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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State Bullies 305,000 Parents To Give Kids Controversial Vaccine

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The state of Indiana sent parents of children and teens a letter urging the use of a controversial vaccine for a sexually transmitted disease, and the action has upset more than a few parents.

At least 305,000 families may have received letters pressuring them to get their children inoculated with the Human Papillomavirus or HPV vaccine.

“Vaccination is the best way to prevent HPV infection and associated cancers that present later in life,” a copy of the letter obtained by The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette stated. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Physicians, all children, 11 and older, should get vaccinated. By vaccinating at this age, preteens will be protected before any exposure to the virus occurs.”

The letter states matter-of-factly, “Please allow this letter to serve as a reminder to contact your healthcare provider and make an appointment to start the series (of vaccines).”

Not surprisingly, the letter caused an uproar and prompted one group, the American Family Association (AFA), to complain to Governor Mike Pence, according to The Journal Gazette.

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“We’re looking into it,” Pence said.

The letter was apparently printed and mailed at taxpayer expense by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) on September 21.

“We certainly want to respect the prerogatives of parents,” Pence said. “The role of the state Department of Health in making information available to families is longstanding. We’ll look into it and make sure it’s clarified.”

State Promotes Vaccination

The State of Indiana maintains a registry of all children who have no record of vaccination, The Indianapolis Star reported. Twice a year, the Department of Health mails a letter recommending vaccination to all parents of unvaccinated kids.

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The vaccination is controversial because it is designed to stop the Human Papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted disease which most doctors believe causes cervical cancer. Critics of the vaccine fear it could promote sexual activity among children and young teens.

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Even some supporters of vaccination, such as Micah Clark, the executive director of Indiana’s chapter of the AFA, are upset by the letter. Clark told The Star he became aware of the vaccination effort when he received a copy of the letter in the mail.

“We chose not to vaccinate our daughter for a sexually transmitted disease,” Clark said. “She has been vaccinated for easily communicable diseases like polio and mumps. This, however, is something with completely different moral connotations and risk/benefit considerations.”

Clark added, “I am not anti-pharmaceutical. I am not anti-vaccine. I certainly don’t want anyone to get a virus that might lead to cancer. I am for parental rights and limited government. A nanny state is not my idea of a self-governing, free society. I think our Founders would agree with me.”

The Home School Legal Defense Association, or HSLDA, also expressed concern about the letter.

“It appears ISDH is now using pressure tactics to increase the use of this vaccine,” HSLDA attorney TJ Schmidt wrote. “HSLDA believes that parents should have the freedom to determine what immunizations are best for their children.”

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Holiday Gifts, Odds and Ends!

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Holiday Gifts, Odds and Ends chocolate-face-alamyI thought instead on one general theme, I would touch on several different things today. It’s fast approaching holiday time and it shows in all the markets. I enjoy baking for the holidays and giving holiday gifts of of food to people. This is a great thing to do and if you think about it, there are very few people who you can’t do this for.

10-22-15 original_Sam-Henderson-orange-marmalade2.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.336.252Baking is one method of gift giving and sharing, but I also make herbal tea gifts and holiday gifts of seasoning blends. Many people make “gifts in a jar”, these last a long time and people can make them after the holidays at their leisure. Consider doing something like this instead of spending money (that most people can’t afford) on traditional gifts. Of course, “traditional gift” is a misnomer, since food gifts are far older than what people have been giving for the last 20 years! Even children can be won over to gifts of food.

10-22-15 Santa+bag+groupWhen my nieces and nephews were young, I couldn’t afford to give them each a bought items as holiday gifts. So, I’d make them each their own “goodie bag”. I would sit and talk to them ahead of time about what their favorite things were…what jam, what pickle, what bread and what cookie. Then I would put together a bag of goodies that were their favorites.

Holiday Gifts, Odds and EndsNow, the one thing that every pre-adolescent and teen loves as holiday gifts is food, but what makes it special is that it is their OWN food. They can eat it in front of anyone and not have to share…they wouldn’t have to share if I’d given them a doll or truck, so I made that rule with the parents…no pinching the kids food! The kids got quite creative, learning what their parents hated (nuts, coconut, raisins etc) and would have me put it in their goodies. Then I would make labels for any jars or bags with “Melissa’s Cookies” or the like on it. Of course, said goodie bag was heavy on the cookies, but they were also personal, personalized and JUST what the kiddo wanted. You can be as creative as you want for all the people you give gifts to, but by making it yourself, you can know that it will be appreciated.

Now is the right time to start making your plans and lists to get the ingredients for the things that you will use for these gifts. It’s also the time that stores put many of the more expensive baking items on sale. I take this time to stock up on all of that stuff, there may come a day when it is hard to get. I know of no cocoa trees or coconut palms planted in the northeast, so I pay particular attention to items like this. Are they necessary to life? Absolutely not, but comfort food is important as well. A holiday should be special if your family celebrates them and will perk everyone up if you can make it special. I have had no problems keeping most baking items for 5 years, if I have vacuum packed them.

Holiday Gifts, Odds and EndsWhile you are searching for nifty gift items to make, check out recipes using dehydrated food, long term storage food and home made mixes. I was thinking that one of the habits I find hardest to shake, is the one where I want a “quick meal”. dehydrate2Store.com, has plenty of mix recipes you can make up. I’m planning on putting together quite a few mix packets for my storage. You take the base ingredients and put them in a vacuum bag. Before sealing the bag, you print out the recipe and put that in. Then you take the seasonings and late addition items and vacuum seal them in a smaller bag and add them to the big bag. Then seal the whole thing and label. You are making “quick meals” using your own stuff and get the best of both worlds!

Now is also a great time to stock up on turkey. Make sure you pick up a couple of extra birds while they are on sale. You can bake them a couple at a time and either freeze or can the meat for later. Don’t forget to cook the carcass down and can up the delicious broth you make from it. Ham too, is usually a bargain at this time and well worth getting more than one. I always wait until a few days before Christmas and pick up lots of hard candy (you can wait until the day after too). Hard candy will seal well and last for a long time. Hard candy is what our mothers and grandmothers gave us when we had a sore throat, instead of fancy cough drops.

Condensed and evaporated milk is also more available this time of the year and has a fairly long shelf life. While not my favorite way to drink milk, it can be done and is certainly good for baking. The cans will last several years on the shelf, so that makes it a good buy to me.

Holiday Gifts, Odds and Ends Christmas+for+Kids+Breakfast+0-1132914226-OTemporarily, prices are down on sugars and flour, these being staples, your should really stock up. Don’t forget the “fancy” sugars like brown and powdered, as they keep well if packaged right. I usually pick up both light brown and dark brown sugar. We use it on oatmeal around here, plus it has many different recipe uses. I know one of the most frustrating things is not to have on hand the one item in a recipe that is vital!

When you are out doing all of this shopping, another thing to look for is flavorings. Vanilla, lemon,raspberry are our favorites, but my mother always kept almond and a few others on hand.
Don’t forget to only shop the sales and use those coupons! As always, I welcome comments and additions to this blog post.
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A CPS Worker In Every School To Monitor Your Kids? It’s Happening

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There’s a new addition at some upstate New York schools that may make many parents uneasy. Workers from Erie County Child Protective Services (CPS) will have a physical presence in each school, monitoring children every week.

“So, instead of having their office down in 478 Main St., they will work out of that school,” Erie County Social Services Commissioner Al Dirschberger told The Buffalo News. He said that among other duties, the CPS employees will be able to quickly investigate children and their families.

“If we collaborate better, we can provide better investigations and better services to the community, but also we can identify families that have needs and we can prevent CPS calls,” Dirschberger said. He also said teachers and administrators will be monitoring students and reporting to CPS.

“If a school identifies a family that needs help, whether it be a mental health issue, struggling with a drug or alcohol issue, they can talk to the CPS worker and make connections back to our department,” Dirschberger added. “And we can refer that family for services so we can prevent a CPS call.”

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Not surprisingly, some parents and others are not very happy with the presence of CPS in schools. A number of negative reactions were recorded at the ParentalRights.org Facebook page. That group is pushing for a Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. ParentalRights.org is headed by Michael P. Farris, president of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association.

Public School Superintendent Demands Homeschool Family Follow Government’s Common Core CurriculumAmong the comments:

  • “My child would be pulled from this school system,” Teresa Swango wrote. “Under NO circumstances should DCF (Department of Children and Families) be given an office or be involved this closely with the school.”
  • “I love how these freedoms are being taken away so silently, so in the backdoor so that so many unsuspecting folks are thinking this is a good thing …,” Teresa Firek wrote.
  • “You know … in Scotland, they just passed a law that designates a social worker to every single child, even in utero,” Diedre Caldwell Johnson wrote. “These social workers rights over the child trump parents. Watch out … it will be coming this way someday soon. Seems like it’s already here.”
  • “More reason to homeschool,” Janee Campbell wrote. “Almost weekly I hear things that make me glad I don’t have to send my kids to public school. I know many don’t have a choice but more and more public school is becoming an unsafe place as far as family is concerned.”
  • “Don’t get me wrong. There’s a place for CPS,” Kirra Armour wrote. “… But placing CPS workers in the school will put them in a position of needing to find children to remove from their homes to justify their existence. As another poster put it, this is a ‘make-work’ program; but the only work they can make up is to take children when they would be far better off at home.”

As Off The Grid News reported, in 2014 the Scottish Parliament passed a law called the Children and Young People Bill that mandates a government-approved guardian for every child in the country.

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Three children in recent years under Erie County CPS supervision died, The Buffalo News reported. The county responded by hiring 37 additional workers and 12 more part-time investigators.

CPS workers will be at the schools once or twice each week.

There are a growing number of organizations that provide legal services to parents entangled with entities such as CPS. Two such organizations are The Family Defense Center and the Home School Legal Defense Association.

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First Aid Firsts: What Basics Your Kids Should Learn

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Any child could encounter an emergency at some point, perhaps even on the playground. Children who are prepared have greater self-confidence in these situations, and can even save a life. Here are basic first aid skills to start teaching your child.

First Aid for Choking

Even young children can be taught the lifesaving Heimlich maneuver. Discuss what commonly causes choking and how to tell if someone might need help. Have your child practice the Heimlich maneuver on a stuffed toy. Children can also practice the basic movement on each other as long as they understand not to use the pressure they would use in a real emergency.

CPR

Young children can be introduced to CPR, and older children can easily master it. Explain the basics of when and how to use CPR. Avoid creating fear or anxiety about heart functions by answering their questions candidly. Tell them that CPR is only needed when someone’s heart has stopped. Call a cardiovascular clinic in your area like the ICE, Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence to see if they have illustrated pamphlets you can use to explain CPR and basic heart functions to a child.

    The basic steps your child should know are:

  • To listen to the chest and see if the person is breathing, or if they can hear a heartbeat.
  • How to call 911.
  • To start chest compressions — You can teach chest compressions using a stuffed toy.
  • Rescue breathing is more difficult to teach unless you have access to a CPR mannequin. Explain the steps as thoroughly as you can, and look for instructional videos online.

Stop Wound Bleeding

Profuse bleeding requires immediate care. Teach your child how to apply pressure on wounds using bandages or available cloth. The bandage shouldn’t be removed when the bleeding has stopped. Instead, instruct the child to call 911 or look for an adult.

Stop a Nosebleed

Nosebleeds become an emergency when the bleeding is profuse and shows no signs of stopping on its own. Kids should learn how to help the victim lean his head forward slightly, and pinch his nostrils shut for 10 minutes. If the bleeding continues, instruct children to call 911.

Treating Burns

Burns are one of the most common injuries. All children can be taught to cool burns with running water as soon as possible. When your child is old enough to understand, you can go into detail about the different degrees of burns. Burn cream in a first aid kit can be applied to first-degree burns after the burn has been cooled by water.

Avoid filling your child with anxiety about emergencies. Make the teaching process into a game or song to keep things lighthearted, and go over the steps often to help your child retain the information. With a few lessons they can be prepared and confident no matter what happens.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer, recent graduate from the University of New Mexico, and avid runner. She loves to blog about fitness, health, home and family. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.

3 Lesser-Known Colic Home Remedies

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by Kari Kassir, M.D.*

Q. My baby has colic. I’ve tried everything my doctor suggested, but it’s not working. Do you have any tips?

3 Lesser-Known Colic Home RemediesA. Several home remedies may help with colic, above and beyond the usual calming strategies.

  1. Gripe water is an old-fashioned remedy that contains certain herbs and usually sodium bicarbonate. Though its effectiveness is controversial, using it should be safe, with a physician’s knowledge and approval. However, overuse can disrupt the blood’s pH balance, which may have negative consequences.
  2. Positioning the baby tummy-down across your lap can be soothing, as long as you pay attention to the baby’s ability to breathe.
  3. Draping your child tummy-down along your forearm while carefully supporting the head can also be soothing, especially if you gently and slowly rotate at your waist. The infant’s safety is of paramount importance, however, so frustrated, sleep-deprived parents at their wit’s end shouldn’t attempt this maneuver.

Because of the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, never place a baby in the crib stomach-down.

Interestingly, bouncing the baby gently up and down may actually make things worse.

Sometimes, regardless of what you try, the baby continues to cry. It’s OK to place your child in the crib (on his or her back) and step out of the room for a few minutes. And it’s OK to use responsible, trustworthy family members and friends as babysitters to take a much needed break.

Most importantly, if you feel that you may hurt your baby, put your child in the crib, step away, and contact someone to help you out.

Other Conditions Your Baby Might Have

Colic means that your baby cries for long periods of time for no apparent medical reason. A number of conditions can be misdiagnosed as colic, so the baby needs to be thoroughly examined for a diagnosis. These other conditions include:

  • Reflux
  • Hair tourniquets (hairs wrapped around fingers, toes, penis)
  • Formula intolerance
  • Breast-milk intolerance (due to something in the mother’s diet)
  • Illness

 What home remedies for colic have worked for you?


Update

Since this article was written, there have been a few studies showing promise with probiotics, such as lactobacillus, in treating colic, though there are mixed results. As always, consult with your doctor before starting.
—James Hubbard, MD, MPH, The Survival Doctor


 

*Occasionally, I update and share an article with you from my previous magazine, My Family Doctor, that could be helpful in survival situations. This one was written by Kari Kassir, who was a board-certified pediatrician and pediatric critical-care physician, at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Mission Viejo, Calif.
—James

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Wash red potatoes and allow to dry Preheat smoker to 250° Place potatoes on smoker for 2 hours Wrap potatoes in foil and place back in smoker to cook for an additional 2 hours Remove the potatoes for the smoker and allow to cool in the foil for 30 to 40 minutes Remove the potatoes […]

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Stress Relief: There’s an APP for that…

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In this fast paced world we live in, it is far too easy to consume every waking hour within the confines of our vehicles, offices, or homes. Sure it’s convenient to sit on the couch in the evenings and on weekends, staring aimlessly at our computer screens, televisions, tablets and smart phones, but how many […]

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Reverse Seared / Smoked Pork Chops

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Reverse Seared / Smoked Pork Chops

Lets start with some nice 1.5 to 2 inch thick chops The kind you would want to butterfly cut, but don’t… we want them nice and thick and one solid piece. Season Both Sides Of Thick Cut Pork Chops With Bad Byron’s Butt Rub Let Sit For 45 Minutes At Room Temperature Preheat Smoker To […]

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Smoked Bloomin’ Onion

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Peel The Sweet Onions Cut Downward On One Side With Your Knife At A 45° Angle, Cutting From The Outside To The Inside, And Stopping At The Middle, But Not Cutting All The Way Through The Bottom. Turn Your Onion ¼ Turn And Repeat The Above Step Continue Until All 4 Sides Have Been Cut […]

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How to Help Your Kids Deal With Hot School Days

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How to Help Your Kids Deal With Hot School Days | The Survival Doctorby James Hubbard, MD, MPH

When I think of school starting, I still imagine red and orange leaves and cool temperatures; it wasn’t that long ago that we thought of fall as schooltime.

Not so today. Many kids in the United States are meeting their new teachers right now, in early August—one of the hottest months of the year. If you have children, do they know how to deal with the heat on their own, on the playground, sports field, or school bus?

Because it is downright hot out there. This week, a chunk of the Southeast has been under a heat advisory or excessive heat warning; temperatures have reached above 100. And throughout much of the rest of the U.S., temps have been in the 80s and 90s. How is it where you are?

Drink Up

Last week, a French couple died while hiking sand dunes in New Mexico. Their 9-year-old son, who was with them, survived. How?

Benny House, the local sheriff thinks one big reason is simply that the couple gave their son more water. “The parents would take a drink, give him two drinks,” he told KVIA, a station based in El Paso, Texas. (They had to ration in this way because they didn’t have nearly enough water for everybody, according to CNN.)

Water helps your body cool itself. You need it for sweat. And you need more of it in the heat because you sweat. When you get dehydrated, you’re at higher risk for heat exhaustion and then heatstroke.

So if your kids play outside for recess or partake in after-school sports, make sure they know to drink plenty of water. They should drink it not just while they’re being active but throughout the day so they’re already well hydrated when they start the activity. Kids often don’t think about staying hydrated, and they can’t always rely on their thirst to tell them when they need more water. Ideally, if they’re playing in the heat, they should take a break about every 20 minutes and drink a glass.

Break It Up

When I was in elementary school in Mississippi, our building had no air conditioning. Today, there are still some schools like that in the North. But for most kids in the U.S., cool schoolrooms provide a healthy respite on those hot days.

However, when kids are participating in outdoor sports, they’re out working hard in the heat for a long time with no indoor breaks. Make sure they wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, and encourage them to stay in the shade when they can.

The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends not having kids jump into long, high-intensity activities but rather to increase the activity gradually. They also suggest being especially careful on humid days.

This Is Your Red-Flag Warning

Teach kids the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. The more people around them who also know the signs the better because confusion and disorientation are two of the signs, and they can be hard to recognize in yourself. You need someone else to be watching out for you. Unfortunately, the French man who died in the desert reportedly fell victim to disorientation. Per CNN:

[H]e repeatedly told his son “the truck is right up there,” though they were more than a mile into the trail, the sheriff said.

His wife was apparently not with them at that time. (She’d tried to return to the truck earlier because she wasn’t feeling good.)

Above all, besides your child, the coach should be well-versed in heat-related illness—both the signs and on-the-scene treatment. Ask what the coaching team’s protocol is.

Playing outside and participating in sports is a fun, healthy part of growing up. If your kids have been playing outdoors a lot and it’s been hot this summer, they’re probably pretty well acclimated to a certain amount of heat. So that’s good. But excessive heat, prolonged exposure, or increased activity can still put them at risk for heat-related illness. Taking a few simple precautions helps keep them healthy and safe so they can enjoy these sunny days to the most—before the leaves do turn orange and the temperatures turn cool and the back-to-school weather gets back to what it used to be.

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How to Teach Your Kids to SURVIVE a House Fire

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Did you know that in two minutes a house fire can be life threatening and in five an entire home can be engulfed in flames according to FEMA?

October is Fire Prevention Month and a time to make a plan.

House fires occur often and sadly too many children lose their lives.   A house fire can happen quickly, without warning and parents need to educate themselves and their children to the dangers.

This will hit home with every parent.

According to the National Fire Association, “There was a civilian fire death every 208 minutes and a civilian fire injury every 30 minutes in 2011.  Home fires caused 2,520, or 84%, of the civilian fire deaths.”

Build Survival Confidence

Every parent needs to build survival confidence into their children. A business meeting with my friend, Nathan, this week was a reminder of how fragile life is.  In our conversation he shared how his son’s best friend, Joseph Hightower was tragically killed in a house fire in 2003.

I could see the loss in his eyes. He asked  if I knew what real fire looked like.  He proceeded to say, “it’s black” and it was hard to find the 11-year old boy.”

What You Can Do

1.  Talk about fire safety with your kids.  It matters. Knowledge and practice bring survival confidence.

2.  Keep fire extinguishers  in key locations throughout the house like in a kitchen, garage, near fireplaces and other high risk areas. You can’t have too many!

3.  Check rooms for faulty wiring that looks frayed, broken, blackened or overloaded. Faulty wiring in the wall can smolder for days before a house fire breaks out. Check your teen’s room too as mine will overload plugs next  to pillows, bedding and curtains.

4.  Make sure your entire electrical circuit is checked for fuses and short circuits by a licensed professional. Replace all old sockets with new plug points, which could be a potential fire hazard. Periodically check the circuits attached to the water heater, AC and the oven as they consume the maximum amount of power and are highly prone to short circuits.

5.   Make sure smoke detectors are working and that batteries are working properly and the detector itself is not too old.  According to The New York Times, “Consumer’s World; How Long Do Smoke Detector’s Last”  “Federal officials estimate that up to 85 percent of all dwellings in the United States have smoke detectors, but that as many as a third of them may not work.”

What YOUR Kids Need To Know

Curious Kids Set Fires

The U.S. Fire Administration and FEMA recommend the following: Children under five are curious about fire. Often what begins as a natural exploration of the unknown can lead to tragedy.

  • Children age 14 and under make up 10-15% of all fire deaths.
  • Fifty-two percent of all child fire deaths occur to those under age 5. These children are usually unable to escape from a fire independently.
  • At home, children usually play with fire in bedrooms, in closets and under beds. These are “secret” places where there are a lot of things that catch fire easily.
  • Too often, child firesetters are not given proper guidance and supervision by parents and teachers. Consequently, they repeat their firesetting behavior.

Practice Fire Safety in Your Home

  • Supervise young children closely. Do not leave them alone even for short periods of time.
  • Keep matches and lighters in a secured drawer or cabinet.
  • Have your children tell you when they find matches and lighters.
  • Check under beds and in closets for burned matches, evidence your child may be playing with fire.
  • Develop a home fire escape plan, practice it with your children and designate a meeting place outside.
  • Take the mystery out of fire play by teaching children that fire is a tool, not a toy.
  • Teach children the nature of fire. It is FAST, HOT, DARK and DEADLY!
  • Teach children not to hide from firefighters, but to get out quickly and call for help from another location.
  • Show children how to crawl low on the floor, below the smoke, to get out of the house and stay out in the case of fire.
  • Demonstrate how to stop, drop to the ground and roll if their clothes catch fire.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level in your home.
  • Familiarize children with the sound of your smoke alarm.
  • Test the smoke alarm each month and replace the battery at least once a year.
  • Replace the smoke alarm every ten years, or as recommended by the manufacturer.

Other Tips:

1. Teach your teen children to use a fire extinguisher. If they babysit, go through safety precautions about cooking.

2. If your children or teens  sleep through “anything”, teach them to respond to the sound of the smoke alarm. Tell them to NOT tune it out! Consider a “surprise” practice run.

2. Keep a cool head. At the first sign of trouble, have your children call for help.

The good news is that children who learn fire safety tend to react quicker in a situation as described here by this  fast-acting 7 year-old.

Asked your local fire department if they provide fire safety for children. The city of Milwaukee has a program called “Survive Alive House” which teaches children how to escape a fire.

 

Additional Resources on Children Fire Safety http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/home/fire.html

Empty Lots, Grand Visions

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So what’s more important? 75 units of housing for people that are going to make more than $150,000 a year, or a park that will benefit AIDS sufferers, the elderly that may never see wild spaces again and youngsters.
It’s a conundrum. Housing, or a green space that helps people in ways difficult to quantify? The units won’t even serve as many middle income families as the city needs because the rules for affordable housing there are far removed from what folks need.
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