Posts from: September 2016

Child care during the CPS teachers' strike | NPNparents.org

Unless the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools come to a miraculous agreement, CPS teachers will strike on Tuesday, October 11. How long the strike will last is anyone's guess, but one thing's for sure: If you're a working parent, you need to figure out where to send your child while school is not in session. UPDATE: CPS announced all schools will remain open if there's a strike, though it emphasizes that sending your child to school during the strike should be a last resort...

Posted on September 30, 2016 at 9:27 AM by Laura Baginski

What to wear for cold-weather running | NPNparents.org

 

*SPONSORED BY RAM RACING*

 

With another Chicago winter right around the corner, now is the time to start preparing for cold weather race training! Whether you’re a seasoned runner trying to fit training into a busy schedule or a new runner looking for fun ways to stay in shape, it can be difficult to know how to stay comfortable in chilly weather. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind.

 

1. Pile on the layers. Layers are a great way to keep an ideal temperature while e...

Posted on September 27, 2016 at 3:38 PM

Save on estate planning through 10/31 | NPNparents.org

Have you been putting off getting your estate plan in place? Now's the time! Law Office of Jennifer Guimond-Quigley is extending a 15% off estate planning services. Now through 10/31/16 take an additional $50 off your Will-based plan and $100 off your Trust-based plan. NPN members, click here for information on how to redeem this offer.

Law Office of Jennifer Guimond-Quigley focuses on helping parents plan for the future with a comprehensive and customized estate plan, accomplishing the im...

Posted on September 27, 2016 at 7:31 AM by Ellie Ander

How to choose a great school without going nuts | NPNparents.org

All of those Facebook photos of your friends' kids on their first day of school are, of course, adorable, but if you have a two- or three-year-old it can also send you into an anxiety spiral. Oh my god, that's going to be my kid next year! And I haven't even started searching for a school yet!

First, breathe. You have enough time to find the right school. But spare yourself the headaches of navigating public and private schools on your own and let NPN help you. Trust us, we're experts ...

Posted on September 19, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Don't talk about my body in front of my kids | NPNparents.org

If there is one thing I would change about my body it would be how people view it. Because they don't just view it, they feel the need to comment about it. In front of my children. 

Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop talking about bodies, about my body. 

"Oh my god, you're so skinny!" isn't praise or a helpful observation. It's annoying, unnecessary and not something I want my children to hear on repeat. 

I actually own a few mirrors. I've seen my reflection and I don't need every other stra...

Posted on September 19, 2016 at 10:14 AM by Julianne Neely

5 simple ways to help your picky eater | NPNparents.org

When my eldest, Jack, was a toddler, I thought I had it all figured out. He was (and is) curious, easy going and eager to please. Naturally, these temperamental qualities translate to him being a good and adventurous eater.

As a dietitian, I gave myself a big ol’ pat on the back. Surely, his good eating skills were because of me, right?

Well—go figure—kid No. 2 had different ideas in mind. My girl, Caitlin, is sweet, observant and smart, but she’s stubborn as all get-out. Plus, she ...

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 12:49 PM by Laura Hoover

Kick off this fall with Super Soccer Stars | NPNparents.org

Super Soccer Stars has a goal to teach soccer skills in a fun, non-competitive, educational environment. Its philosophy uses soccer to nurture, build self-confidence and develop teamwork in every class. Classes for players from 12 months to 12 years old are based on age-specific curricula created by a combination of early childhood, soccer and behavioral specialists, guaranteeing that each child is learning and having a blast from the moment the whistle blows. 

Super Soccer Stars works...

Posted on September 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM by Laura Baginski

South Side School Fair: Know before you go | NPNparents.org

The NPN South Side Preschool & Elementary School Fair is just days away! Here are all of the details you need to help you prepare before you arrive on Saturday, Sept. 10, in order to have a great school search experience.

PREPARING FOR THE EVENT

Want to personalize your search criteria? You can do this with My Directory. Choose up to 30 schools, view them on a map, and save them to a custom PDF to print and bring with you to the fair. 
Check out the exhibitor list to see wh...

Posted on September 07, 2016 at 12:12 PM by Laura Baginski

9 questions parents should be asking schools

Whether you’re attending the NPN School Fair or you’re going on a school tour, asking the right questions of a school representative is one of the most important ways of determining whether a school is right for your child. 

But what should you ask? Below are some of the most common questions parents ask when chatting with school reps, along with why their answers are so important.

1. What is the education philosophy?
You’ll want to know whether it lines up with what you believe a...

Posted on September 07, 2016 at 11:00 AM by Laura Baginski