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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

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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: Crafts, Holidays, Food

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

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

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

New Year, New You: Map Your Resolutions For 2018

The new year just arrived, and many people are making resolutions. They are resolving to lose weight, make better financial decisions, and find emotional peace.

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Topics: Holidays, Parenting

Gift-Giving Guide for the Holidays

The holidays offer plenty of opportunity to spend and give, but never enough time to shop or money to buy everything you want for everyone on your list. It's easy to fall back on the inevitable gift cards or last-minute drugstore candy or cologne specials. You can think and buy outside the gaudy, beribboned box and give thoughtful gifts. In our gift-giving guide we offer 10 ideas that grown-ups in your life will love.

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Topics: Christmas, Holidays

Gift Giving This Holiday Season: How to Give Generously to Everyone You Love

The holidays are fast approaching, and if you're not one of those people who shop for gifts all year long, you're not alone. Still, it's time to get moving! We know the monetary stress of gifting can be harsh, but rest assured that it doesn't have to be. Below, we will give some simple ways to avoid overextending your checking account this holiday season.

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Topics: Christmas, Holidays, Gift Ideas

Teaching Your Child to Give Back this Holiday Season

This holiday season, as you look around in gratitude for all that you've been given, don't just give back yourself; get your kids involved with the giving process too. Teaching your children to give generously is a great way to encourage them to genuinely see the needs around them, become involved in their community, and grow into adults who also make that effort to give back. If you're looking for ways to increase these traits in your kids, get them involved as you contribute throughout your community! Even though they probably don't have finances they can contribute, there are several projects you can get involved with along with your kids. 

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Topics: Holidays, giving, donate