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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

Sewickley Academy's Private School Blog

Holiday Activities for Children: Crafts You'll Actually Use Again

Many of those adorable, sweet little Christmas crafts you make with your children simply don't survive more than a single year. Despite your best intentions, once they go in a box to be packed away, those decorations simply aren't as cute the following year - not to mention the fact that the kids will make more to replace them anyway. If you're looking for activities to do with your children this December, there are plenty of holiday activities for children you can make together that you'll love looking back on for years to come.

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Topics: Parenting

Six Tips For Parenting Your Pre-K or Kindergarten Student

The Pre-K and Kindergarten age is a pivotal time for children. They are becoming more and more independent, developing minds and opinions of their own, and are most likely a part of an ever-widening social circle. For children who have been home for the first few years of their lives, this marks a time where they will enter school and be away from their families for part of the day. For children who have been in day care, their day will become more structured as they enter a formal academic setting. At home, you may find that the parenting techniques you used when your children were toddlers are no longer working, or that your approach as a parent needs to evolve as your children grow. Here are some tips for parenting to incorporate into your home.

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Topics: Parenting

These Aren't Your Ordinary Fall Activities in Pittsburgh

Ah, cooler weather, hoodies, snugly throws on movie nights, pumpkin spice in the air, and the promise of good food on the holidays. There’s nothing quite like fall for enjoying the fruits of our labors, the harvest, or longer nights for star gazing. Many people think that once the temperature drops, there’s nothing to do. Au contraire! We can think of a bunch of outside-the-box fall activities in Pittsburgh. All you need is a little imagination and an adventurous spirit.

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Topics: Parenting

Celebrating Veterans Day with Kids

Though Veterans Day is likely not the holiday your children look forward to each year, it is definitely one that should be celebrated. Because this national holiday is the one day a year we have set aside to celebrate and honor our country's veterans, it is important that we make it count.

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Topics: Parenting, Education

Fun Fall Nature Crafts

Fall is upon us. This means brisk mornings, sweaters, and mugs of hot cocoa. It also means the outdoor landscape is changing, and everything is turning various shades of orange, red, and yellow. 

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Topics: Parenting, crafts

A Letter To Early Childhood Parents

My family has two villages: one is Steubenville, Ohio. The other is Sewickley, specifically Sewickley Academy. We moved to Steubenville in 1996 when my husband, Kumar Amin, started his medical practice the old-fashioned way:  blood, sweat, and tears — that is, tears of joy because the community in Steubenville welcomed him and helped make sure he was a successful solo-practitioner at a time when solo-practitioners were disappearing. We are eternally grateful for the people who helped all of us in the early years in Steubenville before our girls were school-aged and we are still grateful now.

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Topics: Parenting

Quick and Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

Halloween is approaching quickly, and the excitement is growing as children discuss what they will dress up as and imagine the forthcoming mountain of candy with delightful anticipation.

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Topics: Parenting

DIY Halloween Costumes for All Ages

With the crisp chill of fall in the air and the holiday season arriving with a bang, many families feel their creative sides sneaking to the forefront. The approach of Halloween is a great opportunity to show off some of your best crafting skills. Finding the perfect costume for every member of your family, however, can feel like a real challenge! Remove some of the headache from the equation and choose from some of these great family-themed costume ideas, or set your creative mind soaring as you piece together a costume from supplies you already have on hand. 

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Topics: Parenting

Fall Activities in Pittsburgh: Adult Coloring Books for Teens

Looking for a fun way to connect to your teenager this fall? Giving coloring a try! While most coloring books for adults are not designed for kids, they are a good way to keep most teenagers entertained. In addition, they provide a way for adults to break the ice with non-talkative teens.

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Topics: Parenting, crafts

Fall Activities in Pittsburgh: Fall Fun on the Farm

Nothing says fall quite like a trip to a farm. Surrounded by bales of hay and pumpkins, folks can really get into the fall spirit, and the various activities found on farms during the fall season are the perfect way to celebrate the beauty of autumn. 

If you are looking for fall activities in Pittsburgh, look no further than one of the many local farms. There you'll find activities ranging from hay rides to pumpkin picking, and everything between.

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Topics: Local, Parenting

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