Transition from summer to school year with these tips

Photo: Evelyn Perez-Horita

The transition from summer to the new school year can be difficult for any child. It definitely is for my 8-year-old special-needs child, Lia, so my husband and I have tried a lot of techniques and have found some things that work. We’ve also come across some great ideas from other parents. Keep in mind that not all of these suggestions or ideas will work for you, but it’s worth a try for kiddos that struggle getting back into the school routine every year.
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Posted on August 22, 2017 at 8:51 AM by Evelyn Perez-Horita

NPN parents: Get your first swim lesson free at BSS

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As a new parent, you might already know how magical baby swimming classes can be for infants. At British Swim School Downtown Chicago, our baby swimming classes offer babies as young as three months old a chance to experience the water for the very first time. After getting over any initial fears, children fall in love with floating, playing, and splashing about in the pool. Not to mention, water survival techniques that each infant can accom...

Posted on August 22, 2017 at 7:00 AM

3 things to do with your kids in Lincoln Park

Photo: Resting Chicago-style at the Chicago History Museum

There are lots of families who already call Lincoln Park home, but many more who haven’t yet explored all it has to offer! Summer is a great time to take advantage of the parks, the markets and the free activities hosted in Lincoln Park. In keeping with our theme of three things—one inside, one outside, one that involves food—these are the top things to do in Lincoln Park.

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Where can you see the first “L” car, learn a...

Posted on August 21, 2017 at 10:28 AM by Kathleen Dragan

NPN parents: Save big on new Lincoln Square daycare!

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At Coddled Care, we specialize in personalized care for infants and toddlers during all stages of growth. We have your complete childcare needs covered, whether your child is just beginning to sit up, crawl, walk or climb.

At Coddled Care, your infant/toddler well-being is our number one priority. Your child receives nurturing care and a well-rounded education. We customize our care and teaching to your child as an individual based on parent guid...

Posted on August 15, 2017 at 7:00 AM

How to handle back-to-school transitions & separation anxiety

As a kid, I loved buying supplies for the new school year, picking out my outfit for the first day and wondering what my new teacher would be like. Not all children feel the same way as I did (including my own) and many start feeling worried about the transition. Whether your child is starting school for the first time or is just one of those kids who struggles with new routines, here are some suggestions for how to make the back-to-school transition go a little more smoothly.

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Posted on August 14, 2017 at 9:09 AM by Julie Safranski

Focus on mistakes to help your child learn

If you are the parent of a child who is struggling with learning and/or attention and you are not getting support, answers or a plan of action from the school, you are not alone. Approximately 20% of school-aged children face some learning challenge during their academic careers. That’s 10 million children in the U.S. alone!

Many children, especially those without a diagnosis or clear-cut, identified challenge, are often not given the necessary support for their learning needs in the s...

Posted on August 08, 2017 at 1:18 PM by Heather Bragg

When parents fight on the playground

It was Father’s Day morning, so I took our 13-month-old to the park for a little father-son bonding. It was early, so I was surprised to see a few families already camped out near our favorite pieces of equipment. What I wasn’t surprised to see was one mom with a phone pressed against her ear and paying little to no attention to her young son. If you’ve read my blog, you know one of my pet peeves is parents focusing on their phones instead of their children, so the sight of this woman on ...

Posted on August 02, 2017 at 2:18 PM by Matt Beardmore

NPN parents: Get 15% off at Language Stars

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Language Stars provides play-based world language classes for kids ages 1-12! Each of our native-speaking teachers uses FunImmersion®, which includes games, songs and fun activities to provide cultural and language enrichment. Whether this is your child’s first language experience or they already have been exposed to a world language, our play-based interactions in a full-immersion environment will allow your child to build their language skills the...

Posted on August 01, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Things to do in Chicago neighborhood Bronzeville with your kids

Photo: Enjoying the food at Pearl's Place in Bronzeville

Hello, neighborhood explorers! Last time, I left you with a template to use each time you go visit a new neighborhood: Try to plan three things: one inside, one outside and one that involves food.

Today, I’m excited to tell you about a neighborhood I love to visit: Bronzeville!

Located along the lake just south of the Loop, Bronzeville is a cultural mega-center for art, music, architecture, and a vivid celebration of the ...

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 1:35 PM by Kathleen Dragan

NPN parents: Get free registration at Cultural Care Au Pair

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If you need a change in childcare, then Cultural Care Au Pair might be the right fit for you! Choosing childcare is no easy decision. Because as parents, we don’t ever want to compromise on quality, flexibility and trust when finding care for the most important people in the world. Hosting a Cultural Care au pair gives thousands of families across the country those very important benefits. We invite you to learn more about who our au pairs ...

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 7:00 AM