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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

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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

The Wonders of Winter Reading

Winter can be one of the most unpredictable seasons in Pennsylvania. Snow, rain, unseasonably cold or warm temperatures can completely rearrange your plans for the season. While you may be tempted to abandon any winter planning, don't. There are still plenty of things to do even during the coldest of the winter days.

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Topics: Parenting

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

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

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

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: Parenting, Holidays

Decorating Your Home with Thanksgiving Decor

Whether you're hosting friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday or you simply want to enjoy more of the beauty of the season, you want your home to look its best for the Thanksgiving holiday. Sometimes, however, you may find yourself wondering where to start. While your decorating style may vary, there are plenty of great ideas to give your home a little holiday flair. 

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Topics: Parenting