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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

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Back to School: Organization and Routine

Heading back to school without any organization or planning is never a great idea. After-school activities, play dates, and homework tend to take over your world, and soon enough your head will be spinning as you try to keep track of what day it is.

Instead of wondering whether or not little Joey put on a clean shirt today, why not implement some organization and routine now, and save yourself from stress later?
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Topics: Parenting, Education, Summer

The History of Labor Day And Ways To Celebrate

Give an American a reason, and he or she will throw a party, have a parade, or fire up the grill. Americans celebrate different people and events during the year out of a sense of gratitude and honor. One of these holidays is Labor Day, a day fraught with violence but with hope as well. Many people celebrate the day without knowing quite how it began, but they should know that its beginning was built upon the blood and sweat of people who fought for what was right for them, and for you and me. 

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Topics: Education, Summer

Best Summer Reads for Older Children

As the summer wears on and the kids become restless, it is important to find ways to keep them entertained, engaged, and using their minds. One of the best ways to go about this is by offering them plenty to read.

While very young children require you to assist them during reading time, older children are much more independent, and while you may need to stand by to help with the occasional word or two, they can likely make it through an entire book on their own if you let them. The experience of finishing an entire chapter book or novel is a great self-confidence booster for children and can help lead them toward a life-long love of reading. 
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Topics: Book Review, Education, Summer

The 10 Best Summer Reads for Teenagers

During the dog days of summer, there is plenty of time in your teen's schedule for pleasure reading. They can sit back, read something that was written less than a decade ago, and dig in and enjoy that summer reading list. These ten amazing books are sure to be popular summer reads for teenagers.

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Topics: Parenting, Education, Summer

Best Summer Reads for Young Children

Young children love being read to, and kids who are read to on a regular basis are likely to learn how to read quickly and easily when the time comes. Take advantage of the long days this summer by squeezing in some reading time each day. 

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Topics: Book Review, Summer

Free Summer Fun in Pittsburgh

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this summer without breaking the bank? Look no more! Pittsburgh is loaded with fun events and activities that will cost you absolutely nothing. Pack a picnic lunch, pack up the kids, and get ready have the best summer ever without even opening your wallet. 

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Topics: Local, Parenting, General, Summer