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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

Sewickley Academy's Private School Blog

Lunch Time Prep for Moms and Dads on a Budget

Lunch is probably the hardest meal of the day for busy parents. Why lunch? Because many parents take their children to different activities during the summer such as library story time, the pool, daycare, gym time, dance/swim classes, etc. and when it is time to go back home, it is usually right around lunch time. This makes it very difficult to save money and eat healthy because everyone is hungry; you're more likely to stop for quick and easy food that actually ends up being more expensive than preparing a meal at home. As a busy parent with kids back in school, we have a few tips to help your family eat healthy that will save you money.  

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Topics: Food, Parenting, Back to School

Alumni Reflections: Stepping Outside Her Comfort Zone - Melina George ’14

“I’ve made it a huge point to make myself comfortable with being uncomfortable, something that I think is very important both in my work life and personal life,” Melina George ’14 said, reflecting on her journey at Miami University and beyond.

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Topics: Alumni

5 Entertaining Pumpkin Patches in the Pittsburgh Area (Part I)

Ah, fall. It’s the season of chilly, crisp air, bright-colored leaves, Halloween … and, of course, pumpkins. As you enjoyed the warmth of summer, farmers all around the Pittsburgh area were busy minding their pumpkin patches, making sure they had a bountiful crop this year. No matter if you are traveling to the north, south, east, or west of Pittsburgh, you’ll discover there’s always a farm with your ideal pumpkin that is waiting for you. Many even provide hay rides to their pumpkin patch. But don’t be fooled into thinking that a farm’s entrance fee also covers the cost of the pumpkin you select — it doesn’t, the pumpkin is an extra charge. Most of these patches are more than just pumpkin patches — the sites are a blast of enjoyable fall activities! To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the best pumpkin patches in the area.

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Topics: Fall

Fall Festivals Worth Checking Out in Pittsburgh

Along with the cooling temperature and changing scenery, fall in Pittsburgh ushers in a whole range of different opportunities to catch festivals that celebrate the culture of the region. From beer fests and haunted houses to food festivals you have to taste to believe, the list of fall events in Pittsburgh is so extensive you’ll have to make a few tough choices if you’re a festival enthusiast. Here is a look at some of the best ways to celebrate the seasonal change throughout the Pittsburgh area.

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Topics: Fall, Festivals

Senior School House Prefect Leila '18 Addresses the Academy

Senior School House Prefect Leila '18 Addresses the Academy

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Topics: General

Welcome Back to School by Senior School President Henry Meakem '19

Welcome Back to School by Senior School President Henry Meakem '19

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Topics: General

Summer YUM: Recipes for Both Kids and Adults

Along with the longer days and influx of outdoor activities, summer also brings a whole different style of cuisine that can shake up the culinary routine. While it’s easy to just throw something on the grill for dinner or a cookout, there are plenty of other ways to get into the spirit of summer by testing new recipes that are great for both adults and kids alike. For active families that might need to put together a delicious meal in a hurry, here are five recipes and a few tips to help you make the most of the summer from a food perspective.

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Topics: Summer Food

Beat The Heat With a Water-Based Obstacle Course

Are your children looking for a way to beat the heat? Then make an awesome obstacle course for them right on your lawn! This simple activity is something that you can do together, especially the design and building.

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Topics: Summer

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

Celebrate Labor Day in A Different Way

To many Americans, Labor Day is just a day for another cookout. For you, maybe it holds a celebration to end the summer or a day off to get backpacks ready for the first day of school. But Labor Day is so much more. While it is a great day for hamburgers, it is first a day to celebrate people who work, and a day to remember that all working requires a rest. This is a day to remember how, in the past, American working conditions were not so good.

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Topics: Holidays

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