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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

Sewickley Academy's Private School Blog

Lunch Time Prep for Moms and Dads on a Budget

Lunch is probably the hardest meal of the day for busy parents. Why lunch? Because many parents take their children to different activities during the summer such as library story time, the pool, daycare, gym time, dance/swim classes, etc. and when it is time to go back home, it is usually right around lunch time. This makes it very difficult to save money and eat healthy because everyone is hungry; you're more likely to stop for quick and easy food that actually ends up being more expensive than preparing a meal at home. As a busy parent with kids back in school, we have a few tips to help your family eat healthy that will save you money.  

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Topics: Food, Parenting, Back to School

3 Steps To Transition Your Child Back Into a School Schedule

As we near the end of the summer holiday, our attention fades from planning vacation trips to getting our children ready to return to a school schedule. Of course, stores began their “Back-to-School” clothing and supplies sales in late June when we had hardly started to enjoy the break, but now it’s really time to get back in the swing of things. In my opinion, as a parent and an educator, there are a few general areas where you can assist your child to prepare and transition into the new school year.

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Topics: Parenting

Seven Summer Reads For Moms

Are you a mother looking for a diverse, fun, and engaging summer reading list? Then you've come to the right place! We've compiled a list of the best and most beloved books for your summer reading. Many of these books are modern and focused on unique and engaging concepts. Others are classics and designed to appeal to the nature of motherhood.

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Topics: Book Review, Parenting, Summer

Ways for Every Age to Celebrate Dad on Father's Day

What a special day: a day to honor fathers; dads; daddys; pops. Whatever name he has, he's a special guy. If you are married, there are probably two dads in your life, your own father and the father of your child(ren). This post is about helping your child(ren) plan for Father's Day, but we hope you find inspiration for your own father as well. 

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Topics: Parenting, Father's Day, Gift Ideas

Spring is in Full Bloom, So Head Outside!

The warm season is finally beginning. The coats and hats can be packed away and replaced with T-shirts and shorts, while sandals and flip-flops can now be worn instead of boots.

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Topics: Parenting

Graduation Celebration: Five Snack Table Ideas For Your Grad's Party

The end of the school year is fast approaching, and that means it's time for another group of kids to head out into the world as adults. If your child is graduating this year, you are probably filled with bittersweet emotions. After all, it is hard to watch your baby grow up. Looking back on their accomplishments thus far can quickly fill you with pride. 

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Topics: Food, Parenting

Spring Cleaning: Four Ways to Organize Your Children's Rooms

Here at Sewickley Academy, we are excited that spring is finally on its way because it means milder temperatures, sunshine, and the opportunity for outside play — three things everyone is looking forward to after those long, dreary winter months. 

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Topics: Parenting

Weekend Warriors: How to Keep Your Kid Fit When They Can't Get Outside

When cooler weather sets in, you can't rely on taking your child outside to run and play in order to keep him or her fit and active. Regular activity, however, is critical for keeping your child as healthy as possible. Making exercise part of your routine could even help stave off some of the cold and flu germs that are so prevalent in the winter months. Figuring out how to keep your child active when it's so cold that you don't want to be outside for more than a few minutes is a challenge that many parents struggle with all winter long.

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Topics: Parenting

Helping Your High School Student Thrive

The high school years can be tough. Early mornings, late nights filled with homework, and the stress of preparing for college can really take their toll on the developing teenagers in your life. These things — in addition to the fluctuating hormones their bodies are producing — can cause them to become irritable, moody, and sometimes even downright rude as they work to find their place in the world and discover who they are as people. 

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Topics: Parenting

Craft Ideas You Can Do with Your Children on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is not just a day for couples to show their love for each other, kids can also display their love and thankfulness for friends and family with cards, gifts, and crafts. Show your kids kindness and service by helping them prepare Valentine’s Day gifts this year. Here are some fun craft ideas you can do with your children.

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Topics: Parenting, Crafts

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