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7 Tips For Raising Boys [Webinar Replay]

Sewickley Academy's Director of Support Services Shannon Mulholland, Ph.D. conducted a webinar titled, "Raising Boys," in which she offered seven tips to help boys become happy, healthy, and productive members of our society who have forged sound relationships and who have developed their skills and talents.

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Topics: Parenting

3 Tips For Empowering Girls [Webinar Replay]

Sewickley Academy's Director of Support Services Shannon Mulholland, Ph.D. conducted a webinar titled "Empowering Girls," in which she offered three tips you can use to help your daughter hear her own voice and built her sense of confidence.

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Topics: Parenting

What Is Blended Learning?

As we move to adopt a 1-to-1 framework in Grades 6 through 12 at Sewickley Academy, we remain mindful of the importance of the teacher in inspiring students and of the centrality student-teacher relationship in achieving the best outcomes.  Adopting a 1-to-1 program assures that teachers have a consistent and predictable set of tools they can use in their work with students.  Just as the talented carpenter will benefit from having a range of wood-working tools, so too do teachers benefit from having a range of tools that increase the number of ways to engage a range of learners.

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Topics: Technology, Education

Teachers are Learners, Too

Today is not a “day off” for Sewickley Academy teachers, but rather a chance to collaborate and learn with and from one another. Teachers and administrators sharing expertise and working together toward common goals improve learning for all of our students.

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Topics: Education

9 Valentine's Day Box Ideas

Valentine's Day is just around the corner - a time for candy hearts, chocolate kisses, Valentine's Day cards, and something to put them in, a Valentine's Day box! 

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Topics: Parenting

2 Stars And A Wish - An Activity To Talk With Your Child

Growing up on a farm in a large family, I remember playing outdoors with my siblings (in every season), doing chores (inside and outside), and family mealtimes.  My father worked hard on the farm and put in long hours in the field and with the livestock.  My mother was busy cooking, gardening and caring for us (5 children), as well being involved in the community, church and 4-H.  Yet, despite the heavy workload, busy school schedules and the varied family and community obligations, we always made time to have supper together – as a family. 
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Topics: Parenting

Using Books to Expand Your Child's Global Horizons - Part II

This post is the second in a two-part series about helping your child think globally.

The U.S. Department of Education recommends that parents and their children “read many stories with rhyming words and lines that repeat.  Invite the child to join in on these parts.”  This strategy can be used when reading in any language.  Many familiar stories can be found in languages other than English.  If it is a story with much repetition, the pattern of the story can be learned quickly by you and your child.  Additional stories can be created using the same pattern but different vocabulary. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle, is an example of a repetitive story known to many children. Children enjoy taking the familiar story and creating their own version.  This is a way to expand your child’s vocabulary in another language.

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Topics: Global Studies

Using Books to Expand Your Child's Global Horizons - Part I

This post is the first in a two-part series about helping your child to think globally.

We all know that reading aloud together is a proven method to increase your child’s knowledge base, vocabulary, and reading fluency.   It’s also a wonderful parent-child bonding time as your child comes to associate reading, learning, and love.  Through books, you can easily expand your child’s knowledge of other cultures and languages.

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Topics: Global Studies

At What Age Should My Child Get A Cell Phone?

 

Parents often ask me, “At what age should I let my child have a cell phone?” and “How much ‘technology time’ should I allow my child to have on a daily basis?”

These parents are sometimes surprised at how militant I am in my responses, but based on my years of experience as a child and family therapist, school counselor, and a parent myself, I can’t help but have some pretty strong opinions. Even when considering the research, I believe there is a compelling case for parents to restrict, supervise, and sometimes even forbid texting and other technologies for children. While that may seem impossible, I’ve compiled six tips for parents as they navigate raising kids in this digital age.

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Topics: Parenting

5 Tips to Help You Manage Both Your Job and Your Family

Balancing your personal and professional life can be challenging, to say the least. Whether you are a mom or dad, let’s face it, it’s tough. It is virtually impossible to divide your attention and focus and give 100% to both. Many parents find themselves overcome with feelings of guilt and constant stress. And while many companies advertise that they are “family friendly” and promote balance, in reality many companies do not support the pursuit of one’s own passions and personal goals.

Here are 5 tips to help you manage both your job and your family:

1. Let go of the Guilt

This is the single, most important thing that you can do for yourself. Think positively. Focus on how your career benefits your family. You are contributing to your family’s financial well being. Maybe you are earning enough to save for college, or to take a family vacation. Your career allows for a lot of things that may not be possible if you were a stay-at-home parent. The next time you are online, check out some local mom blogs. They are a great place to find support.

2. Create Special Family Time

Creating special family time can help alleviate some of the stress and guilt associated with having a career. If you and your children know that you have something to look forward to each week, it will make that time away from home more manageable. Providing the family with the opportunity to bond will also allow them to gain understanding of your personal goals. They will want to be more supportive and they will become your personal cheerleaders instead of what can seem like an angry army. Bonding time can be anything from a sit-down family dinner to a movie night. Does your job often take you into the evening hours? There is no rule that states you must have a family dinner, so make it a family breakfast. Get creative! It’s the quality time that counts.

Also, be sure to give your family your undivided attention during this time. Don’t check email or voicemail. Let them know that they are your #1 priority.

3. Don’t neglect your Partner

Hockey schedules, homework, dentist appointments and an emergency trip to the grocery store to bake several dozen cupcakes for a school event the next day make it very easy to neglect your partner. In fact, they are often the first to get neglected. It is extremely important that you make your partner a priority. Schedule regular date nights for just the two of you. Communicate with them throughout the day, and not just about car pools and Christmas musicals. Talk to your partner the same way you did before you had children so that you don’t lose touch of your relationship. Your partner should be a partner in the true sense of the word.

4. Don’t Neglect Yourself

You simply cannot take care of anyone else if you don’t care for yourself. You need time to recharge your batteries; read a book, schedule a massage, attend a sporting event or a community festival. All too often, working parents neglect themselves in an effort to balance

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Topics: Parenting

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