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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

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Summer Camps For Every Kid

Before you know it, summer will be here. After the allure of playing in the backyard and discovering new apps have worn off, your kids will begin using the phrases all parents dread "I'm bored." or "There's nothing to do."

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Topics: Parenting

Six Steps to Organize Toys in Your Home

Spring is in the air! Open your windows, freshen up the blankets and pillows, and clean the winter grime from your house. As the spring-cleaning bug takes hold of you and your family, make time to go through and organize toys in your home. Reduce clutter by getting rid of toys that are no longer being used and organizing the ones you keep. Here are a few tips to get you going.

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Topics: Parenting

Healthy & Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes

At Sewickley Academy, we don't just teach information, we teach the values that will help you develop a meaningful lifestyle. These values provide our graduates the maximum opportunity to fulfill their potential and contribute meaningfully to their communities and our world. 

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Topics: Food

Five Creative Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day

Many parents find themselves at a loss when it comes to Mother's Day. Not only do you have to honor your own mother, you also want to celebrate without putting a huge additional burden on the very mother you're trying to celebrate. These five creative Mother's Day celebrations, however, will help everyone have plenty of funwithout making a huge mess that Mom will have to take care of later.

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Topics: Food, Mother's Day, Gift Ideas

Take Care of Mother Nature on Earth Day

Earth Day, which falls on Sunday, April 22, is an excellent reminder to take care of Mother Nature. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is an opportunity to celebrate conservation and remember all the important ways each individual can contribute to taking care of our planet. Here are a few ideas for you and your kids to celebrate Earth Day. 

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Topics: General

Plan A Staycation in Pittsburgh

Planning that getaway vacation can be arduous, not to mention expensive. The thought of finding hotels, booking rental cars or flights, packing everything you can think of that everyone might need, planning activities, and then budgeting for it all can be overwhelming.

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Topics: Pittsburgh

Easter Crafts and Ideas for Every Family

Easter, like Christmas, comes with a plethora of traditions, and wherever your beliefs lie, there is beauty in all of it. With this spring holiday, new life abounds as we naturally see more sunlight; we see pastels. According to Christianity, long ago Jesus rose from the dead, saving the world from sin, and this miracle is the origin of the holiday many of us honor today. While the original reason for Easter is certainly at the forefront of our minds, this is also a day when we begin to celebrate the inevitable season of spring. It seems that new life is not only found in the resurrection of Jesus, but in the resurrection of nature. We finally start to see color again after a long, cold winter. Our skin feels warmth, flowers bloom, and birds start chirping.

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Topics: Food, Crafts, Holidays

The History of Passover and Ways to Celebrate with your Kids

Spring is here and for many Jewish families that means it's time to prepare for Passover! In 2018, Passover begins on Friday, March 30, at sundown and ends at sundown on Saturday, April 7. Do not fret if you're not well-versed on this major Jewish holiday; we explain the meaning and traditions of the eight day festival below. 

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Topics: Holidays

Spring Break Getaways Your Family Will Love

Spring break is a great time to reconnect with your kids and have an adventure or two. If you're like most families, you've been cooped up long enough during the winter months and need some fresh air and sunshine, or at least some exercise, and spring break is the perfect time for both.

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Topics: Holidays

Ways to Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with Kids and Adults

Saint Patrick's Day is a holiday rich with tradition and festivities. While many American's think first of greenery and beer, the holiday is traditionally a religious holiday meant to honor Saint Patrick. Saint Patrick was born in Britain, was enslaved as a boy but later brought Christianity to Ireland. March 17 is the anniversary of Saint Patrick's death, and the day we use to celebrate Irish culture. Traditionally, the day started with a church service, followed with boisterous celebrations in the afternoon. Ironically, the first Saint Patrick's Day parade ever was held in New York City by Irish soldiers serving in the British army. So many early Americans were Irish too, though, so the Irish tradition quickly spread and has become ingrained in American culture. 

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Topics: General