Posts from: October 2013

What to Ask When You Are Choosing a Childcare Center

You’ve just confirmed you’re pregnant and can’t wait to share the good news. Who should you call first? Your parents? Best friend?

Nope.  If you’re considering group care after your maternity leave is over, the first people you should call are your local childcare providers.

My best advice is to start early, do your research and have a plan B (and C and D!). When I give a tour, I like to ask (but can usually tell) if it’s anyone’s first tour. That overwhelmed look when I say the wo...

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Kids Work

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (October 28 -November 3)

Wondering what to do this week in Chicago with and w/out your kids? Our NPN calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for kids and parents needing a mental break or extra fun.




 

FREE & Open to the Public:

 


- Mon, Oct 28, "Halloween Hello" Meet & Greet @ Britney's

- Mon, Oct 28, Birth & Beyond @ CocoonCare

- Tues, Oct 29, Work from Home Breakfast & Chat @ Stellas

- Thurs, Nov 1, Work from Home - North ...

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 7:01 AM by Becky Reno

Why Do Brothers and Sisters Fight?

Why do brothers and sisters fight? Even though you may believe that the sole purpose of your children’s fighting is to drive you crazy, they are actually exhibiting basic survival behavior.  Human survival is based on ability to get needs met.  Children need food, shelter, clothing and their parent’s attention.  When your attention is in limited supply (and whose attention is NOT in a limited supply these days?), your children will do whatever it takes to get you focused on them again.

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Posted on October 25, 2013 at 7:15 AM by Allison Levine

Quick and Easy Halloween Playdate Ideas

Halloween is such a fun holiday for kids, why keep it to just one night?!  

To make the holiday last longer, consider hosting a Halloween playdate with these fun and easy ideas for treats, games and a craft.


Rice Krispie Pumpkins: Your kids will be howling for more of these cute pumpkins.  In a pot over medium heat, melt 3 tablespoons of butter and 40 marshmallows.  When they’re close to being melted, add in a few drops of orange food coloring to desired shade (you can als...

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Christine Jones

Is Your Child Shy?

Is your child shy and not have any friends to play with?

Parents sometimes worry that their shy child will have trouble making friends in school or will feel isolated and unhappy in school. Studies of shy children indicate that there are genetic and environmental causes of shyness, and that gradual exposure to social situations can help children become less shy. How can you help your child develop friendships without overwhelming him?


Can the teacher help with the initial conta...

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 6:00 AM by David Gottlieb

NPN Perks! Discounts on Indoor Play & Activities

Now that trips to the park are feeling a little icy, you might be looking for indoor activities. Look no further! We scoured our Parent Perks discount directory and have come up with a list of indoor play spaces with a little extra discount just for you! In alphabetical order:


Kidville Chicago, Lincoln Park - $50 off Kidville Birthday Parties for NPN members.

Little Beans Cafe - Discounted $10 playspace admission for all active NPN members.      

Marsha's Music - Discou...

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 5:21 AM by Ellie Ander

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (October 21-27)

Wondering what to do this week in Chicago with and w/out your kids? Our NPN calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for kids and parents needing a mental break or extra fun.




 

FREE & Open to the Public:

 


- Mon, Oct 28, Birth & Beyond @ CocoonCare

- Sat, Nov 2, Fall Fun Event @ One Strange Bird

 

FREE & Members Only:

 

- Sat, Nov 2, NMG - Working Moms Group @ Jennifer's House

 
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Posted on October 21, 2013 at 7:01 AM by Becky Reno

7 Best Learning Apps for Kids

Introducing Touch-Screen Play Into Your Child’s Learning

Educators from Bennett Day School in Chicago recommend a number of apps that teach creative thinking and problem-solving through play.

Touch-screen games and apps can spark imagination and learning in your young child. Whether he’s rearranging story elements to tell his own animated tale, challenging himself to roll a ball down an incline at break-neck speed, or working with ropes and gravity to feed a hungry candy monster, y...

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Kate Cicchelli

NPN School & Daycare Search Survival News

NPN's Preschool & Elementary School Fair is this Saturday (10/19) and we want to be sure that you have the 411 on your school & daycare search, as well as info. on what to expect on Saturday. Keep calm and read on:  

NPN's Preschool & Elementary School Fair is set up as an expo with exhibitors set up in rows around the room. Attendees can walk around and talk with representatives from public and private preschool and elementary schools, daycares, and enrichment programs tha...

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 6:10 AM by Ellie Ander

Perks Discount! Your Holiday Photo Session

Got holiday cards? The Bum Bul Bee Photo + Films Holiday Special has started! Save big bucks by taking advantage of our biggest sale ever! Enjoy hand edited digital images and complimentary holiday cards with every package! Click here for pricing and package information.


Enjoy hand edited digital images and complimentary holiday cards with every package.

Print to your heart’s delight with full printing rights.

Choose mini or full session time slots.

Receive your i...

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 5:02 AM by Ellie Ander