Posts from: January 2017

Help your boy express all of his emotions | NPNparents.org

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The causes or consequences of why boys aren’t seen as emotional would make for a long and lively debate, but for busy parents just looking for practical ways to improve young boys’ emotional IQ, here are some quick tips.

The best kind of care is preventative, and it’s useful to help boys explore emotions by starting with what they know. Look to the people they interact with daily—in person or in fantasy—as a way to discuss feelings. Bring up e...

Posted on January 31, 2017 at 2:26 PM by Concentric Counseling

This mom has the secret to not getting sick | NPNparents.org

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When my two older boys were younger I distinctly remember thinking one winter they were never going to go back to preschool because they were never healthy. Fast forward about five years and one additional kid, and we seem to be in a better spot health-wise. I attribute this to a few changes I’ve made, which I've highlighted below. I’m not a doctor, nor a scientist, so this is purely speculation, but it seems to be working for us.

1. Get rid of the han...

Posted on January 31, 2017 at 1:24 PM by Cate White

Your kid will hate some foods, and that's ok | NPNparents.org

It never ceases to amaze me how my two kids—born from the same womb—can be so different. I don't know why it still surprises me so much, but it always does. In areas where one excels, the other struggles. At times when one is calm, the other is fired up.  

The differences in their personalities show up everywhere, including at the dinner table. One loves chocolate, the other loves vanilla. One is adventurous and willing to try new foods, the other is ... not. 

Over the holiday break...

Posted on January 25, 2017 at 1:31 PM by Laura Hoover

Make this easy London broil recipe | NPNparents.org

As parents, we hope to instill in our children the importance of traditions. Many of our family traditions revolve around food. For example, our Sunday evening tradition has become a London broil dinner. All my kids love this meal—which is quite a miracle—and I hope it might become a tradition in your home, too.

London broil

1 ½-2 lb. London broil

¾ cup Italian dressing

¼ cup soy sauce

¼ cup honey

Mix Italian dressing, honey and soy sauce in a large Ziploc bag. Add Lond...

Posted on January 25, 2017 at 12:17 PM by Karen Nochimowski

Write for the next Parent to Parent newsletter | NPNparents.org

Chicago winters can be challenging for little ones who want to play outside—and for parents trying to come up with activities to keep their kids busy! Luckily, the January issue of Parent to Parent is full of ideas for fun at-home activities and ways to beat the winter blues. If you haven't received the issue in your mailbox yet, you will very soon!

We're already working on collecting stories from our members for our next issue, which comes out in May. Contribute your personal parenting st...

Posted on January 13, 2017 at 4:37 PM by Laura Baginski

To the parents addicted to their phones | NPNparents.org

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My wife and I have been taking our 8-month-old son to swimming class for the past couple months, and each time we’ve gone, I’ve noticed something about the parents lounging in the deck chairs near the floor-to-roof glass wall that separates them from the pool. Most of them have their eyes locked on their phones instead of watching their kids in the water. It’s crossword puzzles, Gmail, CNN.com, games—you name it. I see it when we’re waiting to ent...

Posted on January 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM by Matt Beardmore

The only parenting advice you need in 4 words | NPNparents.org

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Thirteen years of parenting and dozens of parenting books later, I’m here to offer my own advice for parents: Forget about it. Advice, that is. 

We need an antidote to all the “do this, do that” out there for parents. Why? Why not use advice if we can learn from others so that our own journey with children is more joyful? Because, bombarded by so much advice, we can’t retrieve the applicable “to do” from our cluttered memory banks when faced with...

Posted on January 12, 2017 at 12:49 PM by Concentric Counseling

Help your kids love math, even if you don't | NPNparents.org

*SPONSORED BY MATHNASIUM*
 

Some people are simply math lovers. Many parents have a knack for numbers and can’t wait to share in the joys of fractions, decimals and differential equations with their kids. Others may recall their own struggles with math in school and dread the day their kids ask for help with math homework.

Whatever your personal feelings towards math, one thing is true: Math is a huge part of your child’s life in school and beyond, and YOU set the example when it c...

Posted on January 12, 2017 at 10:06 AM

Exclusive discount for Sprouts Academy Preschool | NPNparents.org

 

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Sprouts Academy Preschool has taken a very unique approach to education. It is here that children ages 2 to 6 years old learn how to engage in a healthy and responsible lifestyle through daily exposure to learning projects, natural living green alternatives, harvesting school-grown food for healthy cooking and eating, as well as by taking a socially responsible stance in their environment, both within the school as well as the community around them...

Posted on January 10, 2017 at 12:58 PM by Laura Baginski

Begin your child's literacy journey early | NPNparents.org

 

*SPONSORED BY SONNETS ACADEMY*
 

Confidence in the ability to communicate effectively empowers children to approach new milestones in social and emotional learning with ease. Similarly, children who love reading from the start approach lifelong learning eagerly and confidently. Language, communication and literacy development unfold simultaneously and benefit tremendously from a nurturing early learning environment—beginning in infancy and transitioning smoothly from toddlers to ...

Posted on January 05, 2017 at 1:19 PM