Favorite Board Games For KidsIt helps if the board games are those that parents like too! It also helps if you actually get them involved with learning a game or two before you actually “need” to distract them – plus it’s just good family time… Scrabble (available here) Sorry (available here) Battleship (available here) Chutes and Ladders (available here) Chess (available here) Checkers (available here) Monopoly (available here) Candy Land (available here) Operation Game (available here) Connect 4 (available here) Card games Obviously games are age-dependent. What are some of your favorites with the kids?
Things To Do With Your Kids When The Power Is OutBesides board games, arts-and-crafts are often a good way to pass the time. Have plenty of paper, pencils, crayons, tape, etc.. to keep the hands and minds of the little one’s occupied. Step outside and go for a walk with your kids. Check on the neighbors to see if they’re alright. If it’s appropriate, get them involved with whatever you’re doing. Books! Get them reading. Discover where their interests are peaked when it comes to books and get them some… from the library, from the book store, Amazon, etc.. Kids Books Ages 2-4 (Amazon books) Kids Books Ages 4-8 (Amazon books) Kids Books Ages 6-8 (Amazon books) Kids Books Ages 9-12 (Amazon books) Outdoor activities: Most kids love to play outdoors, so have a variety of outdoor games, balls, etc.. that suits their age group. Have any more ideas? Cautions: Be aware of potential safety issues. When the lights are out, accidents can happen due to (yes you guessed it) “poor lighting”. Be especially cautious if you decide to use candles – especially with kids in the house. Don’t leave any unattended. Flashlights and LED lanterns are much better and safer. I love this LED lantern! Infants: Preparedness for infants involves simply having enough extra formula and diapers to make it through the “down time”. For short term (level-1) prepping and preparedness chances are that you already have enough, given that you go through this stuff like crazy… – but just keep that in mind.
Preparedness For PetsAlthough easier to deal with, your pets may also feed off of your own anxiety and will itself become anxious (e.g. dogs). This is one of the secrets to being in control of your dog in general – you being the “alpha dog” to your own dog while being in calm, firm control. The rest is simply having enough pet food on hand. In case you need to leave your residence, it may prove to be very helpful to have a copy of your pets vaccinations kept in your vehicle, especially Rabies – which is often required proof if you need to stay in a motel (although some don’t check this). I discovered that LaQuinta hotels are all pet-friendly. Good to know… Okay, hope that helps. Look forward to your own thoughts on this…
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