Posts from: January 2012

Perk Alert! Discounts on Special Events - While Supplies Last

Check out the deals on these fantastic events -  Girls Night Out on Feb. 29, NPN's Wake Up & Boogie Down Family Festival on Mar. 3, and Houdini Box performance on Feb. 11! These special offers are exclusive to NPN members and good while supplies last! Please log in to view full details of these discounts. 

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Girls Night Out - Go Red for Women - Save $10 - Join Sassy Moms in the City, K-HITS, B96 and WBBM Newsradio to celebrate...

Posted on January 31, 2012 at 8:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Preparing your business for baby!

Like many moms-to-be running a small business, as the big date approaches, you may start to wonder: what to do about maternity leave? When you don't have an employer paying for time off and providing work coverage, it can be overwhelming. But fear not: as a small business owner and first-time mom, I’ve put together useful tips to prepare for Little One’s arrival.

Preparing your small business for maternity leave:


Alert your clients: don't feel you have to tell everyone at once,...

Posted on January 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM by Lidia Varesco Racoma

Baby 1, Meet Baby 2: A How-To Guide on a Proper Introduction

New baby in the house? How is that going for your “old” baby? Having a new sibling can create feelings of insecurity and even loss for an older sibling. How can parents get a sibling relationship off to a healthy start and best prepare for the transition?

Some ideas:

Before baby’s arrival


Let your child know Mommy will go to the hospital, will return, and everyone will be together again at home.

Encourage pretend “baby” play with a stuffed animal/doll.

Read chil...

Posted on January 27, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Sara Sladoje

Finding the right school for your special-needs child

Trying to identify the school that is best able to help your child with special needs to learn and thrive is much like other aspects of parenting your child: it takes patience and legwork…and lots of advocacy.

#1. The first step will be determining, as well as you can, what environment is best for your child. Your child’s service providers can help you.


What kind of environment does your child need: Is a well-structured classroom with clear routines important? Does your child h...

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Barbara Cohen

Preschool in Chicago: Why I'm saying 'Forget it'

I’ve just missed the first round of preschool open houses in Hyde Park. I have a daughter, S, whose peers have all been introduced around: to preschool teachers, administrators, and their soon-to-be-classmates. In Hyde Park, where kids start school as early as 2, this is the plight of a 9-month-old. They can’t talk, most don’t walk. In fact, the majority of these babies (BABIES!) are still pretty drooly, crawling about, floppily waving bye-bye when no one’s leaving the room. But in a litt...

Posted on January 25, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Dani Brzozowski

Jan. 25 CPS Board of Ed Meeting Preview: A Few More Magnet Seats?

NPN and Chicago News Cooperative are working togeter to help families get the answers they need about about Chicago schools. If you have a question you'd like to see us, please send it to cyednak@chicagonewscoop.org. 


CNC is our eyes and ears at the CPS Board of Education Meetings. Preview: Chicago Public Schools Board of Education Meeting, Jan. 25, 2012.  VIsit www.chicagonewscoop.org for the full story on the board’s actions.

After an eventful 2011, the Chicago Board of Edu...

Posted on January 24, 2012 at 1:20 PM by Crystal Yednak

Understanding & Dealing with Health Insurance

As we get ready for the Feb. 4th, NPN Developmental Differences Resource Fair at Gordon Tech High School. We want to share some of the must-have takeaways from our three event workshops.  Here is a glimpse of what Gail Borgerd, of MedicClaim, will cover.  We hope to see you there!

Our Feb. 4th 10:30 am Workshop Topics will include:


How to accurately determine the level of your coverage

Procedures for speaking to and corresponding with carriers

What to do if a claim ...

Posted on January 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM by Gail Borgerd

January NPN Perk Picks - Indoor Fun & Burning off Holiday Treats

My Parent Perk Picks to get through Chicago's coldest days!  Since we do not live in sunny Miami Beach and the weather in Chicago can be a little unpredictable, here are few of my picks help NPN families get through the snowy days and to keep those get-fit New Year's Resolutions.  To access each business' Perk details and promo codes, please log in and click on their link below.

“Staying in on chilly days” Perks

Armand’s Pizzeria: 2 For Tuesday: Buy one pizza, Get one free. 2nd piz...

Posted on January 23, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Leslye Whittman

Juggling Act: Balancing My Life With Special Needs Kids

We went to the Midnight Circus last summer, my kids watched an extremely talented juggler in amazement! The act started as one would expect, with a couple of balls and a few tricks. It became much more exciting when his assistant joined in and started throwing more balls and random objects into his act. Soon he was juggling what seemed to be an impossible number of things. It lasted for just a moment, though it seemed much longer. The whole audience stood with bated breath—all waiting to s...

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Ellen Sternweiler

Birthday Party Etiquette

Here are what I consider the 5 rules of birthday party etiquette to get you and your guests on the same page.  Find your happy place, where you can plan and enjoy a fastastic celebration of your little one's big day.

#1 - Big or Small.  The most imprtant rule is to stick to your own budget and family/friends.  On the smaller side try a playdate with cupcakes, pajama party with 5 friends (HomeMade Pizza Co's Cutie Pie Kit & games), or meet up at your child's favorite restaurant or b...

Posted on January 19, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Sarah Cobb