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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
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Parents: 5 Ways to Teach Responsibility to Children

March 17, 2016 1:30 am

Raising well-behaved and conscientious kids is one of the joys of parenthood—but given the mercurial nature of young children, it is not always an easy task.

The lifestyle editors at ABC News recently interviewed a panel of child-rearing experts, including early childhood education professors from several universities. They suggest five tips to help you raise responsible children:

1. Give Them Chores Early – Studies have found that one good predictor of a child’s success is that they begin helping with chores by the age of two or three, beginning with putting away their toys. Doing household chores instills a sense of cooperation with others and trains them to take pride in accomplishment.

2. Make Your Expectations Clear – Set clearly stated rules about what you expect of your children and the consequences of not living up to them—and follow through. If your child is expected to be responsible for getting his own things to and from school every day, for instance, then don’t go running to school to deliver the book report he left behind on the kitchen table.

3. Set a Good Example – Give your child plenty of opportunity to observe your own responsible behavior—keeping appointments, doing household chores, volunteering and more. Children observe more than we sometimes think they do, but talk to your child about what you are doing—and why—as you go through your daily routine.

4. Reinforce Responsible Behavior – When your child exhibits responsible behavior, reinforce it. Tell your child how good it makes you feel when she sets the table or takes out the trash without being asked. Reward her good behavior by having extra story time or playing a favorite board game.

5. Expect Them to Make Mistakes – Children’s operating systems are not fully developed. They may be forgetful or easily distracted—and sometimes stubborn or defiant. If a chore is neglected, offer a firm reminder and refer back to number two or four above to manage the situation.

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Home Flooded? 10 Cleanup Tips to Reduce Damage

March 17, 2016 1:30 am

With rainfall levels breaking records across the country, many homeowners have had to deal with costly property damage as a result of excess water. If your home has been flooded (or may be flood-prone in the future), use these tips, courtesy of the experts at ServiceMaster Restore®, to mitigate the scope of damage.

1. Use fans to circulate the air and assist drying. If the outside temperature is above 80 degrees, use dehumidifiers. If damage occurs during a cool season, leave the heat on; if in summer, use an air conditioner if possible.

2. Turn the main switches in the circuit breaker box to the off position. Do not go into rooms with standing water if the electricity is still on. Do not use an ordinary household vacuum to remove water, and do not use electrical appliances on wet floors.

3. Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting.

4. Wipe furniture dry. Prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying, and place small wood blocks or aluminum foil under furniture legs.

5. Remove wet area rugs or other floor coverings and open furniture drawers, closet doors and luggage to assist with drying. Do not lift tacked-down carpet without professional help. Lifting the carpet incorrectly could promote shrinkage. Lift draperies off carpet, loop through a coat hanger, and place the hanger on drapery rods.

6. Remove wet fabrics and dry them as soon as possible, preferably within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold. Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

7. Move photographs, paintings and art objects to a safe, dry location. Remove damp books from shelves and spread out to dry.

8. Throw away any wet items you don't consider valuable. The replacement cost may be less than restoration.

9. Never mix bleach with other cleaning products. The combination of chemicals may create toxic fumes.

10. Avoid direct contact with affected mold areas as much as possible. Wear protective clothing while sifting through items that were beneath the flood waters or where mold has begun to spread.

Source: ServiceMaster Restore®

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