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Preparing Kids for School in 2020 and Beyond

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The world talks about the ongoing fury unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic. News stories are all about businesses getting shut, people going unemployed, and the mental impact on citizens as they limit themselves to indoors to remain safe.
The impact of the pandemic on children is perhaps one of the lesser-talked about issues. With the lock-down beginning to ease globally, and schools being re-opened, the need of the hour is to think about strategies that prepare children for the challenges ahead.

What are the Challenges Ahead for Parents?

To be able to offer support, you, as a parent, must be aware of the challenges that your child is likely to face post school re-opening.

  • Your child has been shut away from school during the prolonged lock-down, away from friends, teachers and the pre-pandemic school life. While they may have missed these elements immediately after the lockdown, the passage of time may have minimized the impact

Once school reopens, children may feel anxious, shy, strange or awkward, to visit their school, and meet their friends and teachers. School life may even seem intimidating because COVID-19 continues to be a looming threat.

  • Being confined to indoors during the long lockdown could have had an impact on your child’s social skills. You may have ensured that your child has stayed in touch with his or her friends through online communication tools.

But children may find getting back to reality in the real world difficult. They may show reluctance or anxiety at the prospect of seeing their friends again.

  • Some children, especially those that have been exposed to bullying and teasing, during the pre-pandemic school life, may feel anxious or frightened to return to school.

These children have remained cocooned in the safety of their homes and family during lockdown. When they are made to face the realities of school life again, they may undergo a significant amount of stress.

Such children may be frightened of having to face bullying, teasing comments, and unpleasant stares, at their schools.

  • Children, in general, are wary of any form of change. The pandemic period has exposed children to drastic changes. When even adults find it difficult to adapt to such post-pandemic changes, it would be extremely unfair to expect kids to adapt to these sudden changes.

Kids may show negative feelings about returning to school. They may be worried about having new teachers. They may also find it difficult to comprehend the new post-pandemic classroom atmosphere where they have to maintain distance from their classmates.

  • For children that have endured loss such as a loved one dying due to the pandemic, this period can be even more traumatic. Professional mental care should be provided to such children. Decision about their return to school should be taken after consultation with a mental health professional.

Some children may find it exciting to return to school after a long time. Some children may be reluctant or withdrawn. No matter how your kid reacts, here are some strategies to ensure that your kid is well-prepared to return to school:

Know how your Kid is Feeling about Returning to School

Assuming how your kid is feeling and knowing how your kid is really feeling are two different things. The first step toward preparing your kid to survive the pandemic is to listen to him or her.

Sit with your kids and ask them about their feelings regarding returning to school. Whether they feel excited, or downright scared and anxious, or have mixed feelings, acknowledge them.

Tell them that it is alright to feel what they are feeling, and that it is normal under the circumstances. Remind them that they are not alone in their feelings. Other people, including their friends and teachers, are more likely to feel the same way

Empathize with your Kids’ Feelings

It can be easy to set aside your kids’ feelings as childish trivialities. But remember that your kid is undergoing immense stress. The stress is not only about academic performance but also about returning to school amidst confusion, uncertainty and the threat to life, all raised by the pandemic. Put together, such stress can affect any kid’s emotional state.

Start by acknowledging your kid’s feelings without rubbishing them off. By acknowledging and not trivializing, you earn the trust of your kid. Once you earn your kids’ trust, you can get them to listen to your conversation and advice.

Make them Aware of the Precautions at School

One way of allaying the fears of your kids is by reassuring them that all safety measures have been put in place at their school. By doing so, you give them the confidence that the school has taken every care to ensure their safety.

In addition, communicate to your child the precautions that they need to take on their own to be safe. This would include talking to them about wearing masks while in public, washing their hands frequently, and maintaining social distancing.

It can be difficult for little kids to comprehend the significance of such precautions. Tell them that such measures are for their own good, and that following them would ensure that kids stay safe and healthy at school.

Share your Own Anxieties where Applicable

It could help if your kid knows that you too are as anxious as he or she is. Share your feelings and fears, and let them know how you are coping. By doing so, you convey to your child that they are not alone in their fears, and that even adults too face such fears.

By sharing your coping strategies, you instill in them the belief that the challenge facing them is not something that cannot be overcome.

Such conversations inspire your kid to face challenges directly. They will be more willing to listen to, and follow, the precautions that would ensure their safety.

Get the Old School Routine Back on Track

Words become more powerful when they are backed by action. Ensure that your conversations are motivating by implementing actions that put your kids on the track to the new normal.

One way to do this is to bring back the school routine that you followed for your kid before the lockdown.

The lockdown may have brought in new rules at home such as late sleep and waking times.

As the school reopening date gets closer, enforce the old routine by waking up kids soon, getting them to have an early breakfast, and putting them to sleep early. While the routine may be difficult to follow for the kids initially, they will soon shift to the new routine and stick to it.

This shift keeps them reminding that they would soon be at school, and makes the transition smoother.

Let your Kids Adapt to the New Norms at their Own Pace

Once at school, do not expect your kids to take to the new routine immediately. Expect ups and downs as your child struggles to adapt to the new life.

Extend support where you can. Reassure them, give them comfort, and let them know that you are there for them whenever they need you.

But make it a point to step back sometimes to let your child take the lead. Allow them to feel their emotions and give them enough time to understand, wade through, and settle into, the new routine.

Meanwhile, do not expect too much of yourself too. Step in where you can for your kids and give all the support. But do not increase the stress on yourself by putting too many demands on yourself.

Get Involved in your Child’s School Activities to Encourage their Interest in Academics

Talk to your kid about their daily activities at school. Even a simple question such as “How was school today?” can help start a conversation with your kid and encourage them to open up.

Show interest in your kids’ school activities. Listen to them when they tell you about the lessons or activities at school. Show honest appreciation for good work. Be specific in your praise. For example, instead of saying “good work,” tell them what really interested you, like, “It was a tough question. But I see that you have answered it correctly. Good.”

Being specific on details shows that you are not merely talking, but walking the talk. It also shows that you are making every effort to ensure that your kid adjusts well to his or her new life at school.

Maintaining such constant communication is crucial to let your kid know that you have time for him or her and that they can be open with you about their thoughts and fears regarding their school.

Encourage your Kid to Hope for a Bright Future

While helping your kid cope with the present is important, it is also crucial to give him or her the courage to hope for a better future. You could do this by talking to them about the things that they can look forward to in the future.

Talk to them about world history and how the world has reinvented itself each time it has gone through a crisis far worse than the current pandemic. Such conversations build emotional resilience in your kid, which can help them handle the present with more maturity.

Seek Support

Getting back to school after a lockdown can be overwhelming for your kid. But if you find your kid struggling to get back to the new normal, seek the assistance of the school. Talk to the teachers to understand your child’s difficulties. Support your kid wherever you can.

If you feel your kid needs more mental strength to face the pandemic situation, seek the assistance of a mental health professional and get necessary support.

In Conclusion

Schools equip children with capabilities beyond academic excellence. Qualities such as healthy social behavior, self-awareness, empathy, and logical thinking, are critical life skills that enable children to grow into well-balanced adults.

It is therefore important to let children experience school life and its learnings. The best way that parents can support their children during this unexpected period of the pandemic is by equipping them with the know-how to battle the pandemic.

As the saying goes, this thing too shall pass. As parents, the emotional support you provide your children during the pandemic will remain with them both as an inspiring memory and a life skill.

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How and What to Save During a Food Crisis

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Disasters, natural or human-made, have a history of leaving behind numerous problems that people find hard to cope with. One of those problems commonly is a food crisis.

There is a perpetual shortage of food to at least one strata of society, no matter what is going on in the world at that particular moment. Looking at the recent upheavals in food production, the shortage of labor, and farms that are failing and going through famines and problems of their own, the idea of food shortage or crisis starts to loom in your mind. 

So, the next question is, how would you know how and what to save while giving priority to the quality and quantity of food that you want to stock up? What you can do is make an inventory of what you already have in your house, then make a food storage plan that includes short and long-term food requirements.

Water Needs

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One valuable resource you need to keep in mind is water. Note how much water you currently have and make space for more. Pre-packaged water bottles, empty containers, and even water filters can help in emergencies or critical situations. 

Water filters are needed because, often, the water may be untreated and contain all kinds of germs and bacteria, which can be super harmful to your health. Running the water through a water filter and then filling the water containers is the best way to eliminate harmful content.

Grow Your Food

Try growing a small garden in your yard space. If not, get some gardening pots and grow a garden inside your apartment. In there, you can plant essential fruits and vegetables that’ll save you in the long run. 

Doing this reduces your dependability on grocery stores or supermarkets and gives you an adequate supply of organic and homegrown fruits and vegetables for pennies. Also, you get the chance to pluck the produce yourself and try your hand at preserving them. 

Food Storage 

It would be best if you gave priority to stock up your food storage from day one. For that, you should decide among your family members their preferences for meals and food. After that, make a list of what you need to buy.

The best type of food to have on your list is canned food since it has a much longer shelf life than fresh food and is available in quantity at a moment’s notice. Be sure to buy nutritious items high in calories and carbs; prioritize nutrition over your tastebuds.

You should fill your pantry with baking items such as flour, wheat, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking sugar, spices, etc. 

Next on the priority list are food items such as cereals, ready-to-eat mixes, canned meats, soups, beans, fruits, and vegetables. These are good to buy because canned items last much longer than everyday food items. 

You can also include sweet food like candy bars and granola bars because, while they can act as a dessert, they also have many carbs in them and can provide you with a lot of energy.

Preservation of Food

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Preservation of food is a skill you should not go without as it would pose the most beneficial skill during a food crisis. Well, that’s only if you possessed the skill before the crisis struck. By preserving your food, it goes without saying that you can prolong the life of many seasonal food items and enjoy them later. 

Go to supermarkets or stalls and buy large quantities of meats, fruits, vegetables, or anything you’d like with you during a food crisis. Go home, wash every food item you purchased, dry them carefully, cut them into small manageable pieces, pack them in zip lock bags or freezer-safe bags, and put them in the freezer. Learn how to freeze, dehydrate, and can food. It is effortless and can genuinely come in handy, food crisis or not.

Learn to Cook With Leftover Ingredients

There will often be leftover food at the end of the day that you cannot eat, even if you are on the verge of a food crisis. However, there is a wealth of possibilities in leftover food, from using it as the next day’s breakfast or lunch to serving it as a base for your next meal; for example, you can use the leftover vegetables and gravy to make a pasta dish the following day. It is easy and requires only a smidge of your creativity!

Store Leftover Food

As stated above, leftover food is essential, and if you do not want to eat it the next day, you can always store it. Freezing is an excellent way of minimizing unnecessary waste. 

Miscellaneous Items 

While food will remain the top priority in a food crisis, you should also focus on other emergency items that you may need. Things such as first aid kits, flashlights, batteries, waterproof matches, tape, blankets, a source of heating, and there are many more as you can imagine.

These items are as important as food because they will help you survive; it is always better to be prepared well in advance rather than run around in panic scrambling for items. 

Surviving a food crisis should not be that difficult, provided that you have planned or acted quickly ahead of struggle. Start small, buy one or two extra cans every week when out grocery shopping, and soon enough, you will have a growing amount of resources that will help tide you over the food crisis.

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7 Ways to Survive an EMP Attack

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An electromagnetic pulse, or “EMP” for short, is a sudden burst of energy that overloads the fragile components within an electrical system, causing them all to short out. It causes actual hardware damage resulting in the failure of any unprotected electrical devices. Typically EMPs are generated by technically advanced devices such as nuclear weapons. 

The least realistic but most dangerous scenario that can take place is that someone detonates many EMPs over a nation, or crazier, the whole world and renders all the technology and electric grids everywhere useless. If this happens, you should know how to prepare for it to ensure your survival during this unprecedented attack.

Lighting 

Candles are the obvious choice in any scenario like this. We have them handy; they are cheap and readily available everywhere in quantity. The only few negative things one might mention are the strength of light the candles can provide, how unstable they can be depending on which type of candle you use, or how the wind can blow them out anytime. 

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If candles just don’t cut it for you, let me introduce you to an alternative. Oil lamps; works under any condition. No weather or atmosphere is strong enough to keep an oil lamp down.

Faraday Cage

A Faraday cage, named after its inventor, Michael Faraday, is a device or structure made and used to protect the cage’s contents from electrical impulses. It’s an excellent option for security, and easy to make. Nevertheless, an old microwave or a metal cage, i.e., a safe, can be as good.

The Faraday cage may do well against an EMP attack, but we can’t be too sure. We cannot foresee the impact of the electromagnetic pulse or the level of damage it might cause, so it is pretty much impossible to predict if the cage would protect the devices or not.

Communication Devices

Communications would be an arduous task after almost everything is rendered useless because of the EMP attack. It is always good to have many backup options to communicate with those important to you if a situation like this ever strikes. Devices such as a two-way radio, CB radio, or long-range walkie-talkie can be handy. If you find any of these devices in good shape after an EMP attack, put in some batteries and see if it works as there’s a high likelihood it will.

Communication is one of the more essential tasks after any disaster, and it is the very thing that you’d probably overlook. 

Backup Electricity

The primary issue after the attack is the question of electricity and how to source it if the grid becomes empty. Well, one option is to make electricity from solar panels by installing the panels around your home. Another is to set up wind turbine generators and produce electricity. 

Luckily, there are many backup electricity options, but they require preparation and hard work.

Defense

Any type of gun, be it shotgun or rifle, is useful for defending yourself. You can use these weapons to protect yourself and hunt animals, and depending on your preferences, for game. Another resourceful thing to do if you want alarm systems around your house would be to hang bells on the inside of your doors. Even if they seem like nothing, they are very consistent and can make you aware of intruders if they try to sneak in. Try to do this for every entry point in your house so you and your family can rest assured of your safety.

Sourcing Food

Sourcing food will be another significant problem if the restoration of power takes months or even years. Therefore you should know how to grow your food and manage your livestock. Books on farming and breeding livestock will help enormously with this, and there are countless out there.

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Be Ready, So You Don’t Have To Get Ready

Many preppers already know how to live off the grid because they have started living that life to be ready if and when the time comes. All of this will eventually prepare you to survive an EMP attack if you go off the grid entirely and learn not to rely on anything that works with electricity.

Keeping a stock of first aid kits and bare medical essentials is also a requirement if anyone needs medical attention. The EMP attack is often called the ultimate doomsday attack that will eventually happen.

You can always do things on an individual level to help protect you and your loved ones better. The practices and ways that we discussed above are known by much of the preppers community, so if you’re new to being a prepper, now you know how to survive an EMP stack.

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