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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

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Summer Reads: Superheroes

DC Comics and Marvel Comics superhero movies are coming out left and right. But let’s take a moment and pause this summer to recognize some real life heroes in our midst. While superheroes are often known for their flashy powers or incredible feats, many real life heroes are quietly yet equally heroic and powerful. Memoirs, biographies, and even fiction can remind readers of the strength and resilience needed to get through inevitable struggles in our journey. We teach our students resilience and gratitude throughout the school year, and summer is no time to forget those lessons. As we are fortunate enough to take a few months of vacation, we hope these picks inspire our readers to recognize the heroes around them every day.

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Topics: Parenting

Summer Reads: Tales of Travel

As families wrap up the school year and consider plans for June through August, the phrase “summer reading” is inevitably uttered. Schools, libraries, and bookstores all promote summer reading like crazy. But we promise, it’s not just for the sales or a hollow attempt to keep brains sharp over the summer. Access to choice reading over summer shows an increase in both fluency and pleasure reading in the future. This results in higher test scores and more pleasure reading into adulthood creating well-rounded adults. A synopsis of this research can be found here.

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Topics: Education

Spring Clean Your Relationships While You Clean Up Your Home

In the busyness of spring, we clean our homes, do yard work, and take care of little fix-it jobs. But, let's not neglect the reason we have a home in the first place. Our family relationships can get worn down and out of shape, especially after a long, dreary winter. Take some steps to refresh your relationships and renew life back into your family!

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Topics: Parenting

Spring Cleaning: Conquer Your Closets with These Tips

Spring is in the air – and you know what that means. It's time for spring cleaning and sprucing up your home! If the thought of spring cleaning your closets makes you groan or shudder – or immediately head for a pint of Ben and Jerry's – remember how good it feels to commit to a project and complete it.

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Topics: Parenting

Summer Reads: Read Alikes

While summer is time to relax, reset, and find some comfort, we don’t want our readers to get in a rut! Our mission to help find the perfect summer reading book continues in this post as we nod our cap to the desire to read that tried and true favorite again and again. Rereading is a worth y endeavor, it can signify growth as we take away a different meaning, understand a character differently, or simply remind us of why we love to read. However, it shouldn’t encompass all of one’s summer reading list. As we tell students often, there is another book out there that you’ll love, we just need to find it!
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Topics: Parenting

Hats Off to the Class of 2018 and Thanks for the Memories!

No matter where life leads you, you will always remember your high school years, especially your senior year. As your children approach their own graduation, encourage them to preserve their memories to look back on later. It's important to begin sometime before graduation, as the time directly before and after is usually pretty busy with other things.

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Topics: Parenting

Ways to Celebrate Your Graduate

High school is wonderful, right? Well, maybe. Or maybe not. Those four years can be quite difficult, emotionally as well as academically. So after your high school senior walks across the stage and gets their diploma, you'll want to celebrate because it's not just about this moment, but about all the years leading up to it. The past 12 years were spent going to class, studying, learning, and preparing for adulthood. This is big. 

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Topics: Parenting

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