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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

Sewickley Academy's Private School Blog

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

Rainy Day? Get Them Off Their Devices By "Catching" Adventurous Reads

Rainy days can make finding activities difficult and they can also send your kids retreating into the comfort of their devices. Pok√©mon Go is making rainy days a 24-hour marathon of snagging the next desert monster and, let's face it, sunny days too. Rounding up so many virtual adventures can be quite the distraction, but you can get them off their devices and back into a great read with these five adventure-worthy, action-packed novels that make even catching that elusive water species seem just a little less thrilling in comparison.

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Topics: Parenting, Education

Children Helping in the Community

Everyone needs to feel needed, and everyone wants to have a place to belong. Because screen time and after-school activities tend to eat up so much of our time in this day and age, the younger generation is less likely to know the satisfaction of a job well done, the thrill of being an active member in a close-knit community, and the joy helping others can bring.

Getting your children involved in their community is a great way to help them feel a sense of importance and belonging, and give them some time away from the screen to experience life and the world around them.
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Topics: Local, Education, Student Tips

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

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