You never know when a disaster might strike, so it’s not crazy to be prepared for the worst. It’s crazy to think it’ll never happen to you or your family. When people don’t prepare, they may be left in the dark. You may be cold, hungry and miserable for days while awaiting help. Depending on the type of emergency, electricity could be out for days and water supplies may be low, putting your family at risk for dehydration. General government guidelines recommend families have enough emergency essentials to last at least 72 hours. What you have in your survival kit can determine how well you weather the storm.  1: Food And Water When disaster strikes, water is often hard to come by, and what water is available may be contaminated. Any good survival kit will include one gallon of water per person per day. A well-equipped survival kit will also contain water purification tablets. This way if the water on hand runs out before help arrives, you can find and purify drinking water to help your family survive.  Disaster kits must also contain food. Your family needs a three-day supply of non-perishable food, which includes canned goods and boxed foods that do not require cooking, like crackers and other nutritious snack items. Survival kits with calorie food bars are ideal for any disaster situation. These are non-perishable and generally have long shelf life.  2: Warmth, Light And Shelter Warmth may not be an issue for you unless a disaster strikes during the cold season. Basic survival kits include blankets, ponchos with hoods and flashlights. For those who really want to be prepared, a survival kit should contain emergency sleeping bags, body warmers and a tent. With these essentials, you can stay warm and safe from outside elements in almost any disaster situation. To make sure you have light in the darkest hours, you need waterproof matches, glow sticks and emergency candles.  3: Communication And Hygiene Are Crucial When a disaster occurs, you need to know what is going on and keep up-to-date on any other emergency information. All survival kits must have an AM/FM radio and extra batteries, so you can stay in touch with the outside world.  It is important to stay clean to prevent disease from bacteria or germs. Hygiene essentials include soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, wet naps, maxi pads and a first aid kit. Other items that make the survival kit more complete include toilet tissue, wash clothes, shaving cream, a comb and dental floss.  4: Other Items While not always considered must-haves, if you want to be fully prepared, there are other items that should be part of...

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Swings offer many obvious physical benefits for developing children. They increase coordination, develop strength, improve balance, and have even been shown to help autistic children with sensory integration. However, what might not be as obvious are the social benefits that swinging offers. Although swinging can be enjoyed by a lone child, more often, children have to navigate complex social situations to get their turn on the swing. During these situations, children learn how to negotiate, compete within safe boundaries, and cooperate with others.  Negotiation  The playground is a place where children are constantly practicing negotiation skills, because it is often a place where there are fewer resources than there are children. If there is just one swing, but multiple swingers, then children have to learn how to take turns and share resources.  You may be surprised by the creative negotiation skills some young children develop. They learn to divide the territory of the playground, to work together on elements that are traditionally meant for a sole user, and to develop complex ‘timing’ systems to limit turns. One of the best things that an adult supervisor can do to help encourage creative negotiation skills is to let the children sort it out themselves. Try not to step in and offer solutions unless it is absolutely necessary.  Competition  Children naturally compete at many things, and swinging is no exception. They will want to see who can swing higher and who can jump further. While this might set your heart racing, your children are actually learning how to integrate their boundaries into competition. They are learning how far they feel comfortable pushing themselves to meet the expectations of their peers while remaining physically and emotionally safe. These lessons in boundaries can be useful years later, when your teen begins to experience peer pressure.  Cooperation Children not only push each other on swings, but they come up with creative ways to twist the swings or swing in positions that they would not be able to alone. This teaches your children the benefits of cooperation and also teaches them how to communicate their creative ideas to their peers.  As you can see, swinging (and playing at a playground in general) is much more than a solitary experience. Whether you have multiple children or a single child, it is important to give them time playing on various structures alongside their peers. You can either install a swing set from Kids Gotta Play in your yard and let your child invite some friends over for creative play, or head out to the park a little more...

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When people think about a bachelor party, the first thing that comes to mind is often strippers and alcohol. But if you are looking for an out-of-the-box kind of experience, you may want to consider some games or activities that all of the guys can play together to spice up the night. Here are just a few ideas to get your brainstorming going. Avoid the Word Come up with a word that you think might be frequently repeated during the night, like the name of the bride or even the name of the guy that is getting married. If someone says the word, they have to take another shot or chug a beer. Just be sure to drink responsibly, you don’t want anyone becoming a mess before the night is halfway done. Introduce Every Girl to the Groom If you are going somewhere like a bar or a nightclub, make a game out of telling every girl in the place that the groom is looking to have a little fun before he gets married and see if you can get any of them to come over to your table. Don’t tell the groom that you are going to do this. (Have another friend distract him while one goes to invite the girls over.) With any luck, you might soon have multiple ladies at your table and a flustered groom who doesn’t understand why everyone is paying so much attention to him. Collect Articles of Clothing If you are traveling together in a limo or some other form of transportation, park the car somewhere on a busy street and set the guys loose. The game is to get a female to give up an article of clothing. This could be something like one of their heels or it could be something sexier, like a bra. Obviously, you’ll want to be very careful here to avoid harassing anyone. If someone doesn’t look interested in helping, move on. The guy who returns with the lowest amount of female clothes has to buy the first round at the bar that evening. Rent Motorcycles Nothing makes you feel more like a man than hitting the open road on a motorcycle with your buddies in tow. Talk to a local motorcycle dealer about the bachelor party and see if arrangements can be made. Ride the bikes into town together, like on bikes from Kurtz Motorsports, Inc., and you’ll turn heads on your way to the next bar or strip club. Bachelor parties are infamous for strip clubs and getting way too drunk with your friends, but it’s possible to have some extra fun by implementing a...

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If you own a business and you want to target an audience who would attend a baseball game, the field is wide open. From professional baseball to T-ball, you can use some of the same methods to promote your service or product. You might even work your way up the scale as your business grows, just like the players themselves! Sponsor a Team The most obvious way to promote your business at baseball games is by sponsoring a team. When you sponsor teams that aren’t professional, you’ll get your business name on their shirts, but it doesn’t have to end there. You might also offer the team some free items to use at the game as well. Have your business name printed on the items listed below and offer them to the players. Some of these items work well for professional players as well as nonprofessional. Water bottles Sports drink bottles Baseball hats Lanyards Host an Event Why not host a baseball event in order to spread the word about your business and how it supports the community? You can make it a basic baseball event or change things up a little in the game itself. Offer prizes that have your business name on them. Use a gift certificate for your product or services as one or more of the prizes. Change up the game by having the players use a beach ball instead of a baseball, have the players run the bases backwards, or have parents run the bases when their kids hit the ball. Offer Free Items to the Audience at Games One way to make sure the audience gets to know your name is to offer free items with your business name on them during or before the game. If the audience pays to see the game, offer free items to the first audience members through the door. Hand items out until you run out. You can also give the audience members tickets and hand out items when you call out certain ticket numbers. Don’t forget to give free gifts at the food and beverage stations! Include some of the items below. Plastic cups T-shirts Bottled water Lanyards Foam fingers The community will appreciate your efforts when you do things for the local teams. The more you do for the community, the more likely the community members will give you their business. You don’t have to stop at baseball either. Consider doing things with other sports over the cold season as well, like basketball, bowling, and other indoor sports.    ...

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