It’s alive! ALIVE! “Maintenance”

It’s alive! ALIVE! “Maintenance”
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It’s alive! ALIVE! "Maintenance"We barely escaped zombies last week, but now we’re faced with a new terror on the horizon: the Frankenstein in the garage. This week on The Next Generation Show, we will be going over the power of bringing things to life and the importance of redundancy and refurbishing in the home and on the homestead. Part of this challenge is being able to understand the principles of mechanics and the preventative measures we need to take to keep them alive. Read more “It’s alive! ALIVE! “Maintenance””

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Zombies Attack!

Zombies Attack!
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Zombies Attack!I watched too many scary movies as a kid. I remember sitting in the dark, wielding whatever kind of kid weaponry I had on hand – ninja swords, nunchucks, rubber band guns or the old standby: my Old Timer pocket knife, hoping that I had enough to fend off whatever monsters would be lurking in the dark. What I didn’t realize then that I am coming to realize now is the power fear has over us and how it can in some ways lead toward a greater level of preparedness. Read more “Zombies Attack!”

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Who you know Connections!

Who you know Connections
Kid Communities Part 4
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Who you know ConnectionsI’ve learned through the years that it’s not so much what you know – it’s who you know. As an adult, I find it difficult to explain this at times to the younger generations. Everything from job seeking to skill building to survival hinges on our ability to serve others and receive help in times of need. But it all begins with a connection. Whether it be family connections or acquaintances or complete strangers who hold a similar value system, a community of like-minded individuals will be able to weather storms and stresses of life and help each other in the process. Read more “Who you know Connections!”

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Kids Communities and 4H

Kids Communities and 4H
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Kids Communities and 4HA single strand of rope can be broken easily. Two strands is a little tougher to break. But weaving three or four strands together you will find how strong a tightly knit community can truly be. Just like rope that is intertwined, the people in a community serve to strengthen the whole. Mainstays of a healthy body, healthy heart, strong hands, and strong mind are deeply seated in the meaning of this show and 4H. Read more “Kids Communities and 4H”

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Kids Communities – Part 2: The Pack

Kids Communities – Part 2: The Pack
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Kids Communities – Part 2: The PackKid communities are a critical part of growing up and learning to survive. Having a network of friends was and still is a critical part of how you can identify with a group, what you can contribute, and where you fit in.

I moved around a lot as a kid, which was vastly different from most people I knew growing up. This constant change of environments, personalities, and friends brought me to a specific conclusion by the end of high school that has helped me through life by establishing a simple value system, work ethic, and sense of responsibility. Read more “Kids Communities – Part 2: The Pack”

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Emergency Bag Basics!

Emergency Bag Basics
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Emergency Bag BasicsSo here it is. What do you keep in your emergency bag? Are you carrying items that are necessary for you and your family. In our household we have a bag for each individual. Do you? Do the children and the adults know how to use whats in their bag?

Yes, this is a common discussion for any prepper. But a very important one that can save you in a critical situation. Our bags have helped us even with every day living. Read more “Emergency Bag Basics!”

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Kids Communities!

Kids Communities!
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Kids CommunitiesGrowing up, the kids we ran with set the stage for who we would grow up to be. We had our own Sandlot and Platoon and Mission Impossible teams. But even in our little groups there was a sense of understanding that one of us could do things better than another. We learned through play fighting, street games, races and the like who was the best at pinning down an opponent, outsmarting the person who was “it,” and who could sprint distances without the slightest sense of exhaustion. Read more “Kids Communities!”

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Home Security for Kids!

Home Security for Kids
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Home Security for KidsGrowing up in a typical American suburb, I remember our threats outside the front door were very different compared to today. There were some outside threats that are similar today, but not nearly as many. We could do simple, everyday things to prevent wolves from crossing the threshold and causing harm. I was raised on the cusp of the latchkey generation where both parents worked and kids were expected to fend for themselves after school until either parents got home. This came with a specific set of rules to be followed and not questioned. Read more “Home Security for Kids!”

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Handling loss and suffering!

Handling loss and suffering!
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Handling loss and sufferingA child’s first exposure to the idea of loss and suffering often comes through the death of a family member or family pet, divorce, separation. The world as they know it comes to an end. This fixture, once a permanent part of their life, is gone forever.

But coaching kids through loss and suffering is no less important than it is for us as adults and as parents. As generations pass and life goes on, how we handle our emotions and push through to regain normalcy are the behaviors they will inadvertently learn. Read more “Handling loss and suffering!”

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Kids, Technology, and Altered Reality!

Kids, Technology, and Altered Reality
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Kids, Technology, and Altered RealityTechnology as a tool is an amazing advantage that our kids have over our generation. They have more in the palms of their hands than we did by far, and we had more than our parents. But the ongoing trend of absolute immersion into smart devices has some serious setbacks.

On this episode of The Next Generation Show, we’ll be going over some of the mistakes we’ve made along the way. In many ways, by allowing technology to overstep previous boundaries of parenting, we have even more work to do to reset and reduce technology dependency. Read more “Kids, Technology, and Altered Reality!”

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Family First Aid on A Family Affair!

Family First Aid!
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Your out on a trip with your family and the unthinkable happens, someone in your group gets hurt. What if that someone is you? Do you know what to do? Do your children know what to do? If your bleeding or serious injury, what do you do next? This is a situation that no one wants to be in. Unfortunately, it does happen. Do you want to give your family an advantage that most do not have? Well then this show is just the one for you. Read more “Family First Aid on A Family Affair!”

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Responsibility as parents with guns!

Responsibility as parents with guns
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Responsibility as parents with gunsGrowing up my dad used to say to me that “gun control is a steady hand” whenever an argument percolated in the media about restrictions on firearms. As a youngster, it was not a slogan or a gimmick. It was not an argument for or against. It was a simple statement that holds a paramount truth of gun ownership, stewardship and responsibility.

A touchy subject now, especially when it comes to kids. We are often exposed to atrocities of misuse of firearms by minors, irresponsible parents, or a combination of the two. Media slant covers the dark side of the gun debate en masse. But what about the hordes of responsible parents and minors that are able to control themselves and shoulder the responsibility Read more “Responsibility as parents with guns!”

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The Ant and the grasshopper… work activities!

The Ant and the grasshopper… work activities!
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The Ant and the grasshopper… work activitiesRaising the ant, not the grasshopper: Reasons Why Preparing Several Months Ahead Helps to Eliminate Fear, Worry and Stress.

Many of us have heard the fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper. It is one of Aesop’s more widely known children’s stories. But few of us realized how much of an impact this short tale has on all of our lives. Especially later on in life. Read more “The Ant and the grasshopper… work activities!”

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