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Farmer Phil’s Permaculture: The Original Permaculture Children’s Book

Free book for Peak Prosperity readers!
Monday, July 6, 2015, 6:25 PM

Most of the permaculture books and material you see is geared toward adults with at least a basic knowledge of the design science. My wife Denise and I feel strongly that children are under served in the permaculture world.

This is why we wrote a permaculture children’s picture book. This book is a great way to introduce young children to permaculture concepts. It is the original and the only permaculture children’s storybook in existence. As a thank you to Peak Prosperity readers, I am giving away a free PDF of the book for everyone to try. The download is at the bottom of this article. » Read more

Daily Prep

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.

http://www.survivopedia.com/svp_tchingsrvlchild/

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Raising Resilient Kids

Raising Resilient Kids

The latest installment in this series on resilient parenting

What Should I Do?

Raising Kids for a Resilient Future – Part III

Part 3 of 3: Preparing youth for a resilient adulthood
Monday, July 22, 2013, 8:09 PM

The next 20 years are going to be completely unlike the last 20 years.

~ Chris Martenson

For those of us with children, what does this statement mean? How do we prepare our children for a future that is unlike any we ourselves have ever known? How do we create a world worth inheriting when we are so acutely aware that the abundance our generation has taken for granted will no longer be a given in our children’s future? These questions can frustrate and even paralyze us as parents, grandparents, teachers, and mentors. Where do we start?

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

What Should I Do?

Raising Kids for a Resilient Future

Part 1 of 3: Navigating the path ahead
Monday, June 17, 2013, 1:45 PM

We are heading into a future that does not follow the rules and expectations that the past few generations have been raised to expect.  Parents and caregivers, relatives, friends, mentors – it makes no difference; we are raising the current generation together.  We are all newcomers to this changing landscape.  How can we teach young people to thrive in a future we do not yet fully understand ourselves? » Read more

Podcast

Answering Reader Q&A

Market crash risk, homesteading tips & other topics
Saturday, June 1, 2013, 11:52 AM

As usual, we asked for questions and you delivered in spades.

In today's podcast, Chris and I are joined by Chris' wife, Becca, in answering a number of the questions posed on this site this week. » Read more

Daily Prep

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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Talking with children

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Talking with children

How do you talk to your kids about the future?

What Should I Do?

Raising Children in Changing Times

Friday, July 1, 2011, 5:44 PM

If you have children in your life – as a parent, grandparent, educator, or in any other way, the question of “What Should I Do?” takes on a particular urgency. You have likely asked yourself how you can enable them to navigate the complex and uncertain times ahead – to greet the future with creativity, flexibility, resilience, and joy.

“How can we nurture and raise our children so they can grow into adults who are able to survive, thrive, and contribute to shaping a new and different future?” is how I pose this question to myself as I look into the hopeful eyes of the children whose lives I have the opportunity to touch through my work.

If you have found your way to this website, you already know that the “rules” are about to change; in fact, they are already changing. You already know that most people in our society are not yet aware of the depth of these changes. 

The old paradigm of our culture, based on limitless growth, endless acquisition, and the belief that more is always better, is rapidly changing as we run up against the limits of a finite planet. Some people, myself among them, question whether these were ever genuine markers of what a good life means.

Already some people are beginning to create a new story about what a good life can mean, exploring ways we can live in mutual relationship with our planet, rather than viewing it as something to be exploited. » Read more