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Saturday, July 25, 2009

25 Skills to Teach Your Kids

There are kids all over this weekend. What I really find interesting about them is the wide range of skills that even some of the little kids seem to have. Our kids ended up pretty skilled (in spite of us) but if I had a list to check off the skills they needed to learn it probably would have been a more organized, comprehensive education for them. Here's 25 things that all kids should know how to do:
  1. How to swim.
  2. How to read a map.
  3. How to shoot (and be very familiar with guns and gun safety).
  4. How to camp in the wilderness.
  5. How to fish and hunt.
  6. How to work (for the sake of work, not because they are bribed or yelled at to do it).
  7. How to speak and act properly with their peers and adults.
  8. How to ride a bike.
  9. How to make their case (ie: defend themselves or argue a point) appropriately and effectively (ie: using logic, facts, and persuasion).
  10. How to take care of animals and other people.
  11. How to travel across town, by public transportation, by themselves.
  12. How to perform CPR, call 911, and provide basic first aid.
  13. How to cook simple meals (and use a knife, stove, etc).
  14. How to fight (not only the physical boxing or karate skills but how to avoid fighting if at all possible as well).
  15. How to avoid dangerous situations and what to do if they find themselves in such a situation.
  16. How to grow and harvest a garden.
  17. How to learn for the sake of learning (ie: reading, math, logic, and research skills).
  18. How to earn, spend, and save money.
  19. How to do all jobs around the house (wash clothes, do dishes, clean, sew, mow the yard, make simple repairs, etc).
  20. How to start, run, and profit from their own business.
  21. How to eat right and stay physically fit.
  22. How to be responsible (this is usually taught incrementally with more and more responsibility as earned).
  23. How to shop, spot deals, determine "deals" that aren't so good, and overall be a wise consumer.
  24. How to set and attain goals.
  25. How to be emotionally well balanced (control anger, have a positive attitude, etc).

Actually the Boy Scouts were onto something when they listed these and many other skills that make for a well-rounded person. Parents, of course, are kid's best teachers and kids really are a reflection of the time and effort invested in them by their parents. I am always amazed at kids who are home schooled from a young age--it seems like parents who home school their kids really do have to put a lot of time and effort into creating pleasant, interesting individuals that you would want to be around because they are generally around these kids 24/7. The best part about teaching your kids these and other valuable skills is that they will grow up to be responsible, smart individuals who will be able to make a positive impact on society (and on their own families).

Original: http://codenameinsight.blogspot.com/2009/06/25-skills-to-teach-your-kids.html

Vision Impared? Stock Up On Eyeglasses

Author: Mathiasj

If you're like me and require vision correction to complete your day to day tasks then eyeglasses should be your number one concern when considering what to store and put back. My eyesight has always been bad. I started wearing glasses in the 7th grade and once I graduated high school I switched to contacts. Survival would be a lot harder, if not impossible, if I didn't have my glasses or contacts. If you rely on your glasses on a daily basis then getting a couple pair put back is just as important as putting back food, water, and firearms.

I went to the optometrist yesterday to pick up a new pair of glasses I had ordered about a week ago. In the event of a disaster or a SHTF scenario, you wouldn't be able to head down to the eye doctor and pick up a new pair of glasses if yours broke or you lost them. The time to stock up on glasses is now. If you know your prescription you can order glasses off of the internet for very cheap from Zenni Optical. They sell prescription eyeglasses from $8 and if you have contacts your prescription is on the box. You can also call your eye doctor and get your prescription.

Lasik surgery is another option for permanently fixing your eyes. Although an expensive option, you would never have to worry about glasses or contacts again. I have kept all my old pairs of glasses since I started wearing them. I have 4 pairs of glasses, and even though some are an old prescription, they are still better than not having them. I keep a pair in my bug out bag, a pair in my car, and the rest in the house.

Your survival would depend on your ability to see, and if you require vision correction, stocking up on eyeglasses is a must. Dig up your old pairs and dust them off. If you only have a couple pairs, call your Optometrist, get your prescription, and order some cheap ones offline. Now is the time to be tying up the loose ends on your preps. If you don't have your glasses put back, get them as soon as possible.

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Gun Safety

By Flea - Be A Survivor

Gun Safety is no laughing matter; there will be no jokes or cute and witty quips in this post. Gun safety is literally a matter of life and death. Every year a lot of innocents lose their lives or are maimed because someone refused to follow a few simple rules.

Gun safety is really just a bunch of common sense but some people just don’t get it. The ignorance of a few makes the rest of the responsible gun owners across the country look bad and it is starting to piss me off to be honest.

Lets not give the gun grabbers more "ammunition" by doing stupid stuff people. I firmly believe in our 2nd amendment rights as I am sure most of the readers of this blog do but a few bad apples can ruin it for everyone.

There are two rules, yep that is it. If you follow these two simple rules no harm will come to you or anyone else involving your guns.

The first simple rule you need to follow is to make sure your guns are locked up and OUT OF REACH of your kids. Do you love your kids? Do you want to see their brain matter all over the back of the bedroom wall? Do you want to have to look you neighbor in the eye after your little Johnny blew their kid into kingdom come? This is a no brainer and if a child is injured because you were too lazy to lock your guns up, you deserve what you get, in this life and the next.

The second rule that you would think would be common sense is, don’t point a gun at something you don’t want to kill, EVER. There is no such thing as an unloaded gun, period. Don’t wave your gun around while you are talking, don’t play secret agent man; don’t check your sight picture using Rex the family dog. If you point the gun at it you intend to shoot it…simple as that.

The two BIG rules will prevent most of the "accidents" that happen.

There are, of course, other rules like trigger discipline; keep your finger OFF the trigger until you want to shoot something. Be totally aware of the area you are shooting in, don't shoot at a target unless you are sure the area around and behind the target are safe to be shot at.

Gun Safety is not a laughing matter, it is a NO BRAINER.

...that is all.

Original: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/BeASurvivor/~3/0YS3CKPkiBw/gun-safety.html

Dehydrated Apricots


I am not a fan of the apricot…I thought. For some reason I’ve never liked the texture. So when a friend brought over a grocery sack of beautiful apricots I was grateful, but less than enthusiastic. I didn’t want them to go to waste though, so I decided to try out the new dehydrator my parents had given me last Christmas (I love practical gifts!) My plan was to dry the apricots and dice them up for recipes. I figured I would at least use them in muffins.

We halved the apricots and removed the pits. Then, per internet counsel, turned the halves inside out (I have no idea why this is advised). Now, there is some controversy about this method because some say this makes the fruit lose its juice. We didn’t find this to be the case. You can also dip your fruit in a preservative solution like Fruit Fresh or Vitamin C and water, but we left ours naked (because we’re crazy like that :) ). We placed the halves on the drying rack and just let the dryer do its thing for about 20 hours. You’ll want to follow the instructions for your dehydrator and check it periodically after the first 10 hours to shift trays and check dryness. Once the fruit has completed drying and has cooled, you can vacuum seal it in jars, freeze it, or keep it in the refrigerator to extend the shelf-life.

It turns out I LOVE apricots…dried. I honestly cannot stay out of them. I’m secretly hoping my friend continues to have a very bountiful crop, and brings over another beautiful bag of apricots that I will giddily accept.

Original: http://allaboutfoodstorage.com/2009/07/dehydrated-apricots/

Lovin’ Pumpkin

Canned pumpkin is a great addition to food storage. It will store for years on your shelf and it’s loaded with great nutrition including plentiful Vitamin A, alpha and beta-carotenes, magnesium, potassium and iron. It’s also a good source of Vitamins C, K, and E. If that’s not enough to convince you to store a few cans, there are 3.5 grams of fiber in one half cup of canned pumpkin! I made my first pumpkin pies last November, but I typically stock pumpkin for this favorite muffin recipe:


Combine dry ingredients:

2 1/2 c. flour

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. salt

2 c. sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

Then add:

2 eggs, beaten (or 2 Tbsp. powdered eggs + 1/4 c. water)

1/2 c. oil (I use 1/4 c. oil + 1/4 c. applesauce)

10-11 oz. applesauce (or you can use grated apples or crushed pineapple)

Pour into greased muffin tins and top with streusel mixture.


4 T. flour

1/2 c. sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

8 Tbsp. butter

Cut butter into flour, sugar and cinnamon until it forms a crumbly mixture. Sprinkle onto muffin batter.

Bake muffins at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Yield: 2 dozen

Another popular way to use canned pumpkin is in cookies. This week I product-tested a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix from Alison’s Pantry that was delicious (and made my kitchen smell fantastic)! Spiced pumpkin and chocolate go together like Autumn and crunchy leaves! The cookies looked and tasted just like my favorite recipe, but whipped up in about 5 minutes. I loved them warm from the oven, while the chocolate chips were still gooey! My daughter actually took a plate of them to a party and no one would have guessed they were from a mix. This mix is also convenient for food storage because it only requires oil and a can of pumpkin. The package will make about 96 cookies and costspumpkin cookies $7.69.

Original: http://allaboutfoodstorage.com/2009/07/lovin-pumpkin/