Tools That Help You Protect Your Home and Your Family During a Crisis (002)

Tools to Protect Your Family During a Crisis

Is your family prepared if a natural disaster should hit your area? Any type of community crisis or a major problem that affects your home could cause significant problems. The professionals that would usually help may be impacted as well or may be busy helping other families ahead of yours. Here are several tools you need to protect your family and home when disaster strikes.

Power Supply

Homes that are at risk for losing power during a storm or a blackout should be equipped with generators for emergency use. A generator is easy to operate and can be safely stored out of the way until it is needed. Solar generator models with a backup battery are a great way to protect your house and your family when the power goes out. Creating on average between 10,000 and 20,000 watts, a small home generator can cover a portion of your home whereas a larger one can be used for the entire structure.


Keep batteries on hand for flashlights and fuel on hand for lanterns as your fill-in light sources. Store the batteries as recommended by the manufacturer to preserve their use as long as possible. Check your flashlights every few months to make sure they still work, and replace worn-out ones as needed. Keep your lantern fuel locked up until needed to protect children and pets. You may want to install solar lights along the porch, patio, and garage for night-time outdoor light if needed.

Medical Kit

Fill a pill container for seven days with all the tablets you need for each day. Keep it handy in an accessible cupboard for emergencies. Replace the pills if they expire before being used, and replace them with fresh ones. Stock your medical kit with first aid items like bandages and over-the-counter pain relievers as well as topical antibiotic cream. A thermometer and a blood pressure cuff would be a good idea as well. Don’t forget to stash a week’s supply of your pet’s medicines, too.


Smart phones may not work during a local or regional disaster if the cell tower is damaged or inoperable. But keep your phone charged and the charger cord within reach in the event you are able to make calls. Do the same for your computer or iPad to ensure they can be used to contact others if an emergency occurs.

You can also look into investing in a satellite phone or radio. If cell towers or the internet are down, you may need other ways to communicate with people in your family and with authorities. Walkie talkies can be useful if your group might have to split up.

While it is stressful to think about disasters that could upend your life, planning ahead will help to mitigate the problems that could arise. Prepare now so you and your family will be ready later if necessary.

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Lohri, Makarsankranti and Pongal – Books, Printables & Activities

Celebrated on the January 13th and 14th respectively and for the same reason, different states of India celebrate these auspicious day in different ways. Rejoicing in the fruits of harvest.

Celebrated by Punjabi Indians on the 13th of January, Lohri is marked by a bon fire, colorful clothes music and dancing. Popcorn, sesame, chikki are enjoyed. Makar Sankranti is celebrated on 14 January every year.This particular festival is celebrated by many more states, in different ways. This day is marked differently by the element of traditional prayers and kite flying. Celebrated in Tamil Nadu, Pongal this is a grand festival of four days. Learn more about the festivals celebrated during this season  and WHY they are celebrated HERE.

So, how do you make these festivals relevant to kids today?

With books, fun activities and food of course!


Let’s start with books. Here is a list of fun books you can read with your kids about these festivals.

Lohri – the Bonfire Festival

Bola – the Festival Kite

Festivals All Year Round – This is not specific but talks about the many festivals around the year.

Creative Writing

It is important to teach kids how to relate to new festivals. Click here for PRINTABLES you can use to help kids better learn. They can discuss with you and answer or search online and create a resource.

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Writing printable for Makarsankrati / Khicheri

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Rangoli Drawings for Pongal / Khicheri

Rangoli is decorative drawings that can be made with colored powder, chalk, playdough or more…

You can also color books with color pencils to mark the occasion.-
Rangoli Books

Make a Kite

As mentioned above, you can simply draw a kite but making a kite would be so much fun and flying it out marks these occasions.

Craft with Sticks

A simple craft to do with kids, using sticks, colored paper and glue. You can use this as a wall decor or card cover for sending wishes to family and friends. Source of pic unknown.

Conversations over Food

Lohri – Sarson da saag, Makke di Roti, Atta ladoo, Gur, Gajjak etc

Makarsankranti – Tilwa, Raamdaane ke laddoo, Undhiyu, Puran poli etc

Pongal – Veg pongal, Rava pongal, Bisel Bhaath, Lemon Rice etc

India’s culture is diverse! It is essential you have these conversations about the many, many subcultures within to have a better appreciation of what Indian culture entails.

You can go to this post to see what foods mark these festivals that fall around the same time. Conversations about the significance, reasons and how they are celebrated about the world go a long way to expanding your horizons or having a better appreciation of your own.


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How to Discuss Getting a Family Pet With Your Kids (2)

How to Discuss Getting a Family Pet With Your Kids

Adding a pet to your home is wonderful. However, there are things that you will want to discuss with your family before you get a pet. You will need to determine exactly why you want to get a pet, who is going to take care of all the pet responsibilities, and what kind of pet you want to get. Knowing all these options beforehand will help to ensure that your pet adoption goes off without a hitch.

Why Get A Family Pet?

Get together as a family and discuss why you want to get a family pet. Let each family member discuss why and what they are looking for in a pet. Adults may want to get a pet to teach kids responsibility. Kids may just want to get the pet to have something fun to play with. Sitting down and talking as a family on the benefits of getting a pet will help to educate everyone on the responsibility of taking care of a pet.

What Family Pet Should Your Family Get?

There are many types of animals out there that are a good option for a family pet. Getting everyone together and discussing what each person wants in a pet is a good idea. Take into consideration how much time the pet is going to need. If you live a busy, active lifestyle, taking care of an involved pet will not always be possible. If you travel a lot, you might not be able to take care of the pet as well. It is a good idea not to get any kind of pets that scare other members of your family. For example, adopting a snake may not sit well with every member of your house. It is important that all members of your family agree on which kind of family pet to get. You cannot come to an agreement at first, have several different family meetings, and research different pet options. This will help you to determine which pet would be best for your family.

Getting Ready For A Pet

Once you decide on what pet you will get, you will want to make sure that you start getting supplies. Getting supplies before you have the pet can help you be ready. Nothing is worse than having to run out at the last minute to find everything you need for your new pet. For example, if you plan to get a family cat, you will want to make sure you get all your cat’s necessities. This includes food, litterbox, toys, and more. You will also want to get the cat something to scratch on, like the Cat Scratcher Lounge. This will give your cat something fun to scratch on instead of your furniture. If you are going to get a bird, you want to make sure that you have cages and food before purchasing.

You also will want to make sure that you find a great veterinarian in your area. This will help to ensure that your pet is kept in good health throughout the years. Look for a veterinarian who has great reviews and comes highly recommended. You also want to make sure that you keep up-to-date with all your pet’s vaccines and any vitamins and minerals that they may need. For example, if you have a dog, you may want to go ahead and purchase flu medication and heartworm prevention.

Getting a pet can be a joyous time for your family. You will need to take your time and meet with your family to determine which pet works best for your family. Remember to delegate pet responsibilities to each member of the household. That way, everyone is helping with the pet and can help everything goes smoothly.

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