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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

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Weekend Getaways: The Smithsonian Institution

Need a break from everyday life? As much as Pittsburgh is filled with fun things to see and do, sometimes it's fun to plan a weekend getaway. Luckily, Pittsburgh is surrounded by amazing weekend destinations.

One great weekend destination is The Smithsonian Institution. Just four hours from home, this trip is easily doable over a long weekend. The various museums and galleries in the Smithsonian collection are a knowledge-lover's paradise, and anyone living on the east side of the country simply must make time to see them. With 19 museums and a zoo, there is truly something for everyone in this vast collection of information.
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Topics: General

Back to School: Organization and Routine

Heading back to school without any organization or planning is never a great idea. After-school activities, play dates, and homework tend to take over your world, and soon enough your head will be spinning as you try to keep track of what day it is.

Instead of wondering whether or not little Joey put on a clean shirt today, why not implement some organization and routine now, and save yourself from stress later?
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Topics: Parenting, Education, Summer

Getting Your High School Student Geared Up and Ready To Go Back To School

High school students have been there, done that, and they have the collection of t-shirts to prove it. They've been through back-to-school season plenty of times, and chances are, they aren't particularly excited about exchanging the leisure of summer for the rigors of the school year. With a little effort, however, you can help your high school student shift into the school-year mindset and send them off to school with a great attitude.

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Topics: Parenting, Education

Create the best Trove of memories you can

Dear Fellow Parents,

First Day. This morning, I saw a ritual play out that I have now been privileged to witness for 30 years: drop off on the first day of school. Pictures, hugs, and excited smiles (no tears this year that I could detect!). I, too, had a moment like many of you when last week Susan and I dropped our sons off at their colleges. We got them moved in, helped to unpack, took pictures in front of their dorms and with their new roommates, and then had to get into the car and leave them behind.  

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Topics: Parenting

Vintage Vibes: Four Classic Lit Books That Still Feel Current

Vintage reads make the perfect companion to all of your beach side adventures, and while you might avoid classics for their old-world language and sometimes exceptionally lengthy page counts, these four tantalizing classics are filled with new-world wonder, doable book lengths, and swagged-out plot lines. From controversial books that were once rejected by the general public to glamorous parties mixed with epic love stories and heartbreaking tragedy, snag one of these can't-miss, best summer reads for teenagers and adults that are filled with the kind of magic that can only exist in a truly vintage classic. 

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Topics: Education

The History of Labor Day And Ways To Celebrate

Give an American a reason, and he or she will throw a party, have a parade, or fire up the grill. Americans celebrate different people and events during the year out of a sense of gratitude and honor. One of these holidays is Labor Day, a day fraught with violence but with hope as well. Many people celebrate the day without knowing quite how it began, but they should know that its beginning was built upon the blood and sweat of people who fought for what was right for them, and for you and me. 

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Topics: Education, Summer

Preparing Your Elementary School Child to Head Back to School

Your children's attitude will be one of the strongest factors in determining their academic success in the year ahead. You want to get them started off on the right foot: smiles on their faces, a bounce in their step, and a great attitude that will make teachers grateful to have your child in their class. Getting into the back-to-school mindset in a cheerful manner can be difficult, especially for kids who have had negative experiences in school in the past, but with some effort, you can get this year started off in the best possible way.

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Topics: Parenting

3 Steps To Transition Your Child Back Into a School Schedule

As we near the end of the summer holiday, our attention fades from planning vacation trips to getting our children ready to return to a school schedule. Of course, stores began their “Back-to-School” clothing and supplies sales in late June when we had hardly started to enjoy the break, but now it’s really time to get back in the swing of things. In my opinion, as a parent and an educator, there are a few general areas where you can assist your child to prepare and transition into the new school year.

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Topics: Parenting

Best Summer Reads for Older Children

As the summer wears on and the kids become restless, it is important to find ways to keep them entertained, engaged, and using their minds. One of the best ways to go about this is by offering them plenty to read.

While very young children require you to assist them during reading time, older children are much more independent, and while you may need to stand by to help with the occasional word or two, they can likely make it through an entire book on their own if you let them. The experience of finishing an entire chapter book or novel is a great self-confidence booster for children and can help lead them toward a life-long love of reading. 
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Topics: Book Review, Education, Summer

Weekend Getaways: Cape May

Looking for some Weekend Getaways to squeeze in this summer? Just a relatively, short drive from home—approximately six to six and a half hours—you'll find the exciting, relaxing, and lovely Cape May, New Jersey. This city offers beautiful scenery, incredible experiences with nature, and plenty of fun for everyone.

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Topics: Parenting

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