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Episode-1291- Kermit Jones author of “Prepper Pete Prepares”

Prepper Pete Teaches Kids about Preparedness.

Prepper Pete Teaches Kids about Preparedness.

Join me for a conversation with Kermit Jones about Prepping with Kids: Don’t Scare – Prepare!  Kermit is the author of a new children’s book series based on the character “Prepper Pete” who is the star character of Kermit’s first book, “Prepper Pete Prepares“.

Prepping makes complete sense – to those who prepare. But we all know the blank stares, looks of confusion, and even snickers that sometimes come when we try to explain our reasons to others.

I mean, how do explain the obvious, right?

But even if your in-laws, out-laws, friends or family, just don’t “get it” – you can’t escape the need to prepare those who literally depend on you – your children.

If you’ve seen shows like “Doomsday Preppers” – then you’ve got a pretty nifty list of what NOT to do. Going through a dry-run with you kids can be a great way to bond, but sometimes “how” you do something is just as important (if not more so) than “what” you do. In fact, you can teach a lot of skills to your kids without ever mentioning the end of the world, zombies, or even disasters.

For example, Kermit wanted to show his kids how to make a fire with a magnesium fire starter (with the flint down the side). Now, he could have said, “Okay, daddy’s gonna show you how to use this because one day your life may depend on it, and if you can’t figure it out, you’re gonna freeze to death or be eaten by wild animals in the pitch black of night!”

Sure, that would have gotten the point across, but is it really necessary!?

Instead, his approach took a slightly different approach: “Hey, how would you like to learn to make fire without using matches or a lighter!?” Oooooh… a little excitement combined with a fun challenge.

“And we’ll even make s’mores with it!” Instant sell.

During the process, they were still able to discuss types of tinder, kindling, fire-building philosophies and the like. Because it was tied to something emotionally important to them (yes, the s’mores), this way kids not only remember, but they want to do it again in the near future!

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Episode-1010- Saving Money with Couponing with Corey Pie’

Corey Pie’ joins us today to discuss the concept of extreme couponing and how extreme couponing can improve your personal preparedness.  Specifically how it can help families to  save money and get out of debt.

Additionally how it can help to build a great stockpile of food and supplies while creating a surplus to share with others in need.

Join Cory and I Today as we Discuss…

  • How and why did to get started in with couponing
  • How does it work from a practical stand point
  • What’s the difference between couponing and extreme couponing
  • How does extreme couponing improve your personal preparedness
  • How much can you really save
  • Are some of the TV shows somewhat faked on the subject
  • Why you always need to be kind to the check out people
  • Some examples of some really great deals
  • How long it takes per week to save on average how much money
  • How you can actually have fun while doing it
  • How were you live can impact your success
  • The importance of organization and “seasonality”

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-983- Donald Green on Prepping Your Children for School Emergencies

Don and I at the Self Reliance Expo in N.C.

Don and I at the Self Reliance Expo in N.C.

Donald Green is the founder of IfItHitsTheFan.com and has been a prepper since he was in high school in the early 80s.  He has run his blog, If It Hits The Fan, for over three years.

He is also a retired police officer and currently the chief of security and emergency planning for a large, urban public school district.  He is a Certified Emergency Management Assistant and is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management through American Military University.

Donald teaches crime prevention, school safety, and disaster preparedness at state conferences and to church and civic groups.  Donald joins us today to discuss how we can better prepare our children for the risks they may face while in school.

Join Don and I Today as we Answer Questions Like…

  • What threats do our schools face?
  • What are some of the worst school disasters historically?
  • What are some age-specific things that parents can do for their children?
  • What can parents expect from their children’s schools
  • How can parents help their children’s schools be more prepared?
  • How should parents respond if their child’s school is attacked?
  • How you can teach opsec even at a young age with a EDC kit?
  • How to stay compliant with school rules in regard to EDC?
  • The questions to ask school teachers and administrators to eval security and safety?

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-426- Developing Survival Knowledge While Camping

My view on survival planning is that running out into the forest to hide if the shit hits the fan is generally a very bad move, well in most situations.  Today though we are going to look at camping in another light.  When you camp you deal with out a lot of the conveniences we tend to take for granted, families communicate better (sometimes by force) and opportunities for leaning and contingency plan development present themselves.

Join Me Today as we Discuss…

  • New MSB Supporting Vendor CampingSurvival.com (MSB get 5% off all orders)
  • Camping to learn about survival vs. survival camping
  • Don’t go spend a lot of money right away
  • The basics
    • Good tents
    • Padding, air mattresses or cots
    • Lighting
    • Food – including some “healthy junk foods”
    • Insect repellent
    • A way to cook
    • First aid kit
    • Storage bins
  • Start out close to home with full amenities
  • Focus on self reliance with shelter, food, water
  • Get away from the crowds even in crowded areas
  • Move on to more remote camping once you have a system in place
  • Purchase animal, insect, plant, bird, etc field guides and use them
  • Make fishing part of your camping experiences
  • Require children to deal with discomfort within reason
  • Take time to work on skill development (crafts, navigation, etc)
  • Use the time for bonding, it may be part of family survival some day
  • The golden rule, have fun and learn

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Episode-352 Call in Friday 1-08-10

Today will be the first official “Call In Friday” where I answer you questions and comments called in to 866-65-THINK.  You can call this number anytime and leave a BRIEF (2 minutes or less) question and you might hear yourself on the air.

Join Me Today as I Discuss…

  • How do you find a good job in the country
  • If you move to a rural area are kids more likely to get in more trouble than in the city
  • What makes a quality pressure canner
  • How do you recondition batteries
  • How do you create an herbal extract
  • Why do you need commercial extracts with certain herbs
  • How can you use and keep O2 absorbers effective when they come in large quantities
  • What gun cleaning supplies should be in your BOB and at your BOL or just part of your preps
  • Does buying a Class 3 weapon mean you give up your rights?  (No)
  • What are some creative ideas for teaching self reliance to Cub Scouts

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-22- Changing a Childs Life with Gardening

This is a special episode as we go over 10 crops and 10 lessons that we can teach kids with a garden that are priceless beyond words. Tune in today to learn…

  • How Radishes and Greens teach that what we do now matters
  • How to use beans and peas to teach kids how plants “help” each other
  • How Tomatoes, Squash and Peppers can build a community and teach sharing
  • How Potatoes and Carrots teach that what you don’t see matters
  • How Pumpkins teach us to create our own entertainment

With Gardening in General we talk about…

  • How gardening teaches kids that food does not come from a store
  • That the life in a seed applies to the entire world
  • How the earth should be seen as a provider not a “resource”
  • That hard work pays off
  • That you can take care of yourself and others

This is a shorter show then normal but I think it may be one of the best so far. We need to realize that survival preparedness is best done by blending it with life on a day to day basis. To survive we need to also ensure the survival of the next generations.

I would love to hear your stories about what you learned about from gardening with parents or grandparents and what these lessons mean to you. Or what other lessons do you think we learn from gardening. Remember to make suggestion and comment.

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