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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

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Why We Celebrate Black History Month

As a child growing up black in an all white academic environment, I realized everyone didn’t look the same or have the same experiences that I was having. I was curious to learn about the differences, but more importantly, I was first taught at home, and it was later reinforced in my school and at my church, to look for commonalities. I learned to value people for who they are and, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously stated, to not judge people “by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." I learned to honor and respect people, while being able to disagree without disparaging, or disliking, them.

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Topics: Education

Celebrating Presidents Day with History and Fun

Presidents Day can often feel like just another excuse for local businesses to have a sale, but it's actually a holiday with an interesting history, and celebrating it might just give you the perfect opportunity to learn a little more about our national roots. 

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Topics: Holidays

Winter Wonders: Five Great Activities for Winter Fun

With gray skies, frigid temperatures, and only a few holidays to break up the monotony, the months between January and March can put a damper on you and your kids' spirit. If you're feeling the winter blues, try a few of these fun activities to add some adventure to your chilly days.

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Topics: Parenting

Give More Than Candy To Your Kids For Valentine's Day

We typically think of Valentine's Day as a lover's holiday, filled with chocolates, flowers, jewelry, a fancy dinner downtown, or a romantic evening in. But Valentine's Day can be a day for the entire family, with as much love and attention given to your kids as mom and dad lavish on each other. Here are nine ideas for an inclusive cupid celebration.

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Topics: Holidays

Spread the Love: Romantic and Platonic Valentine's Ideas for Adults

Valentine's Day is coming quickly, but if you don't have any ideas it's okay! Showing love to the people you cherish most doesn't have to be extremely expensive or intricate. All it takes is a little thought and time to make sure your loved ones feel valued. 

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Topics: Holidays

Spread the Love This Valentine's Day 

You may remember Valentine's Day as the day to pass out a tiny card to everyone in your class at school, or you may be intrigued by the history of Saint Valentine's pursuit of performing outlawed marriages. Wherever your thoughts on the holiday lie, Valentine's Day is a celebration of love. Of course, this doesn't mean that you have to be in love to celebrate. Rather, Valentine's Day is a fantastic time to simply, and intentionally, show your friends and family that you care about them. Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas.

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Topics: Parenting

10 Ways to Make Reading and Writing Fun

"If you don't like reading, you just haven't found the right book,"  J. K. Rowling stated. Dr. Seuss said, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

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Topics: Education

Scrapbook Ideas For You and Your Children

Even in the digital age, making a scrapbook can be a great art project that, by its very nature, can last many years. Scrapbook ideas you can do with your children can be especially fun to engage in, as it doesn't take as much artistic talent as drawing or painting, but can still result in something beautiful and memorable.

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Topics: Parenting

Simple Origami Pets To Create With Your Children

Days at home with the kids provide endless opportunities to be creative. Folding origami is a fun and interesting craft idea you can do with your children. Origami pets are cute and customizable, so your kids can make their animals unique and really let their personalities shine through their art. They are also fairly simple to make, and require no glue or cutting — both plusses when crafting with young children. Next time you and the kids are bored, pull out some paper and try folding up one of these little critters. 

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Topics: General

What's the Difference between a Merit Scholarship and Need-Based Financial Aid?

Small classes sizes, a truly dedicated faculty and staff, access to competitive sports teams, and world-class art programs are some of the many reasons that families choose independent schools each year. The decision to attend an independent school also includes the responsibility of the family to pay tuition. While independent schools recognize that the family has the primary responsibility to pay tuition, most schools have some sort of financial aid program to help families that would otherwise be unable to afford an independent school.

It’s true that the financial aid process can be confusing, forcing a family to learn a new vocabulary, pay attention to deadlines, and try to understand a completely foreign process. Financial aid at independent schools falls into one of two categories: merit scholarships and need-based financial aid. There are many differences between these two types of aid, and I’d like to help you better understand them.

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Topics: Parenting