Carissa Howard

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Carissa Howard is a former litigator, Ivy League graduate, college athlete, wife, mom and writer. She grew up in the South Hills and attended law school at the University of Pittsburgh, living in Shadyside for several years. After six years on the West Coast, she moved back to Upper St. Clair with her husband and two kids in tow. Her posts cover many parenting and lifestyle topics from the quirks of having European in-laws (her husband grew up in Ireland) to questioning the usefulness of preschoolers playing organized sports to providing time management advice, usually with a solid dose of humor and honesty. She's also writing women's fiction novels and seeking that elusive literary agent to represent her and her manuscripts. Carissa is a regular contributor on the Huffington Post and blogs on her own personal site Shopping for Time. You can keep in touch with her on twitter and Facebook.

Over 100 Years of Girl Empowerment at The Ellis School

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For some, the dialogue about female empowerment is new, but at The Ellis School, generations of girls have been empowered. The Ellis School is Pittsburgh's only age 3 to grade 12 independent school dedicated to the...

What Every Pittsburgh Parent Needs to Know About Lead Poisoning

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When the news broke in 2014 about evaluated lead levels in Flint, Michigan’s water, I, like many parents, was outraged. Thousands of residents had drank polluted Flint River water for 18 months before the...

Give the Gift of Tickets: Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series

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For many of us parents, the end of August signals cooler temperatures and back-to-school. The new school year means new friends, new teachers, new opportunities. The onset of autumn also means a new routine...

10 Things to Teach your Child before Kindergarten

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As my youngest enters kindergarten, I’m tentative, nervous, scared, anxious, excited, and relieved. She doesn’t know how to read, she writes her numbers backwards and her double blends consonants are still babyish. But, at...

Making the Decision to Underparent my Children

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At the park the other day, a boy I didn’t know came up to me and asked me to come with him. Worried about my children, even though I had just seen them happily...

Pittsburgh’s Premier Home-Away-From-Home Birthing Experience at Jefferson Hospital

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In November 2014, Jefferson Hospital opened a new state-of-the-art obstetrics unit as part of Allegheny Health Network's patient-focused Women's Health services. At a time when many medical facilities were closing doors, Jefferson Hospital's investment in...

We Celebrated in Style at Painting With a Twist

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Pittsburgh Moms Blog recently celebrated our one year anniversary with our contributors, readers and friends at Painting With a Twist's newest studio in Pittsburgh - their East Liberty location. We were so thrilled to celebrate at PWAT,...

Pittsburgh Moms Blog Donates 98 Backpacks with Supplies to Pittsburgh Public Schools

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Pittsburgh Moms Blog is thrilled to announce that it donated 98 backpacks filled with school supplies to Pittsburgh Public Schools. The backpacks and supplies, arriving on a pallet weighing over 500 pounds, were received...

Pittsburgh Moms Blog’s Birthday Bash Night Out

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It's time for our first night out of the year. Adults, leave the kids with a sitter and join us for Pittsburgh Moms Blog’s Birthday Bash Night Out at Painting with a Twist – East...

Tips for Fighting the Never-Ending War Over Screen Time

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It is a constant daily battle in my home. The constant requesting of the electronic tablet or a television show or a movie that ring through my ears. Screen time is ruining our children,...