<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=1392423384311702&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">
Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

Sewickley Academy: Resource Blog for Parents

12 Family-Friendly Hilarious Halloween Costume Ideas for Adults

Visit the "adult" section of any Halloween costume shop and you're likely to cringe at the skimpy skirts, gruesome gore, and raunchy humor. But isn't Halloween supposed to be a family holiday? If you want to celebrate in style but you're not into the sexy, sleazy, or scary, try some of these hilarious costumes on for size.

Read More

Topics: Parenting

DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids of All Ages

Are your kids looking to dress up this Halloween? Bring some creativity to their Halloween costumes without breaking the bank! Here are some fun and simple DIY ideas that you can make or put together on your own to help get you and your children in the Halloween spirit.

Read More

Topics: Parenting

Four Ways Kids Can Be Involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 As many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While we should always show our support for those with breast cancer, or any type of cancer, this month is a wonderful reminder to actively try to make a difference. One of the best ways to make that difference is to educate our children about the topic of breast cancer and get them involved in support efforts. This can be done in a variety of ways, and we have included a few of our favorites below. 

Read More

Topics: Parenting

No Pool? No Problem! Ways to Keep Cool This Summer

Summer brings with it longer days, clearer skies, and backyard barbecues. However, summer also brings with it hot weather that can often seem unbearable. With summer upon us, you might be looking for ways you can beat the heat and stay cool in the days and weeks ahead, particularly if you don't have access to a pool. While pools provide a great way to keep cool, if you don't currently have access to one, don't worry. There are a variety of other easy and affordable ways to keep cool this summer. Here are the top ways you can beat the heat without a pool this summer.

Read More

Topics: Parenting

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.

Read More

Topics: Parenting

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!

Read More

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.

Read More

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!
Read More

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.

Read More

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. 

Read More

Topics: Parenting