child resiliency

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Teaching Survival Skills to Children

Preparing kids with better awareness
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 4:30 PM

Some great activities and lessons to teach children that will support better situational awareness and survival skills.  Provide them with the mental tools to keep them safer and more resilient in difficult situations.

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Raising Kids for a Resilient Future - Part II

Part 2 of 3: Evolving strategies in a shifting world
Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 11:51 AM

We may not feel prepared for what lies ahead, yet it is clearly our responsibility to help lead our children in the “right direction” as we head into the future with them. That might seem like a frighteningly impossible task, but we are obligated to try our best. It doesn’t matter how old our kids are – it is our job to guide their growth and support them through many stages of understanding. You might note that this is nothing more than what we’d be doing anyway. But if we first do the work of identifying our values and priorities, and shifting our own thinking and actions in the direction we’d like our family and loved ones to follow, we can ensure that our parenting path is aligned with the resource-challenged future that we anticipate.

If you haven’t yet read Part I of this series, please click here and take a few minutes to read it now. » Read more

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Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game

A cooperative board game
Friday, February 1, 2013, 8:34 PM

A fun game my kids got for the holidays that provides a lot of learning opportunities for the whole family.  Thanks to Adam's misfortune with poison oak and readers comments on cures, I actually new the best use for Jewelweed while playing the game. 

Here is the Amazon description: 

Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game is a cooperative board game that teaches edible and medicinal Plants. Wildcraft! teaches 25 important edible and medicinal plants and their uses in mostly first aid situations. (Wildcrafting is the harvesting of wild plants). Players learn about plants by connecting the icon on the challenge or "trouble" cards with the icons on the plant cards. If a player has a "burdock" card in their herb basket and draws a "hungry" card, then the player can turn the cards in and move to the next rest space. Though it is a cooperative game, there is plenty of strategy and drama as players travel up the mountain to the Huckleberry Patch and back to Grandma's before nightfall. The only way to get back safely is to help each other out. However, it's ok if you don't make it. Grandma will come and get you. :) Wildcraft! is a great introduction to the world of edible and medicinal herbs for children of ALL ages. It's a beautifully illustrated, nature based, educational, cooperative game created in the tradition of the classic board games. Kids love the "Chutes and Ladders" type of play.Wildcraft! features storytelling and fosters the imagination. It's one of the best natures games, being that it connects kids to nature. It's an herb game and an educational game. Wildcraft! includes a 20x20 inch game board, instructions, 4 player pieces, 52 plant cards, 52 trouble cards, 25 cooperative cards, and a spinner. It also comes with a downloadable story to enhance the story of the game. Wildcraft! is made in the U.S.A. and made with green materials. It was chosen one of the Top Natural Toys of 2008 by Mothering Magazine. One to four players, ages 4 to adult. No prior knowledge of plants or herbs is needed. No reading is required for younger players.

A great gift for the young people in your life: Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game, a cooperative board game

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The 4 Survival Skills Every Kid Should Know

Resiliency for children
Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 1:57 PM

A simple list of essential skills and knowledge a child should know to be more resilient and safe.