Posts from: May 2017

NPN members, get moving this summer!

Gather your family and friends for a family-friendly morning along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront! The annual Move for the Kids 5K Walk/Run, presented by C.H. Robinson, takes place Saturday, June 10 at Soldier Field.

Whether you walk, run or move, you’ll be making a difference for the patients cared for at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Fundraising for the event supports the nearly 200,000 children cared for at Lurie Children’s each year. Your fundraising effor...

Posted on May 23, 2017 at 7:00 AM by Jana Kline

Play all day? That's exactly what your preschooler should be doing

“Play is often talked about is if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” —Fred Rogers

As a parent, I always thought play is play. Sure, I knew kids learn through play—after all, that’s pretty much what preschoolers do all day—but it looked to me as if they were simply imitating what they saw adults doing, often turning recent experiences into play. When I was a child and my whole family got very ill wit...

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 1:31 PM by Annette Gendler

NPN members get 15% off estate planning at CK Campbell Law

 

*PARENT PERK BY CINDY K. CAMPBELL LAW*

The Law Offices of Cindy K. Campbell is offering 15% off of flat fee estate planning services now through June 30, 2017. 

Cindy K. Campbell works with many NPN families in Chicago helping to set up wills and trusts, working with estate administration, guardianships, and collaborative family law and mediation.

We want our clients to feel knowledgeable and comfortable throughout the process so that we can build relationships and continu...

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Parents can't slow down time, but they can make family time count

My parents live in the suburbs and don't get to see our almost one-year-old son as often as they'd like. So my wife and I do our best to email them photos and updates so they can feel like they’re experiencing our boy’s growth each step of the way. Maybe we need to do a better job updating them because one of the first things my mom said about our son during a recent visit was: “He’s changing so much. You probably don’t even realize it.”

It took me a second to respond.

“Yeah, I gues...

Posted on May 15, 2017 at 12:35 PM by Matt Beardmore

NPN's Online Silent Auction guide to bidding

NPN's biggest fundraiser of the year, which allows us to continue to bring programming, events and school-choice help to Chicago parents, opens for bidding on Wednesday, May 17! Open to the public, our Online Silent Auction is bigger and better than ever, with more than 400 items up for bid. 

Preview the incredible items up for bid and pre-register if you don't already have a Bidding For Good account—that way you'll be ready to go when bidding opens at 6am on Wednesday. Bidding closes ...

Posted on May 10, 2017 at 7:08 AM

NPN members get 20% off Babyganics

*PARENT PERK BY BABYGANICS*
 

Everything in your baby's world is an invitation to explore. At Babyganics, we help you support that exploration with products that care for your baby and clean the world around them as they grow boldly!

We’ve got a whole world of products made for families who love to explore—like yours! And right now, you can save 20% on select laundry and skincare essentials on Amazon. 

It’s a perfect time to stock up and save—and then get back to discovering the...

Posted on May 09, 2017 at 7:00 AM

The best Chicago street fests for families

Do Division photo courtesy of Rep3

It may not feel like it lately, but summer is nearly here! In Chicago, that means plenty of cheap or free to entertain your kids outside in the glorious sunshine, especially at our city's ubiquitous summer street fests. Some fests are more family-friendly than others, so which outdoor bashes are best for bringing the little ones?

Mommy Nearest writer Rene Ryan came up with a fantastic list of the top 8 Chicago summer festivals for families, and she...

Posted on May 04, 2017 at 1:14 PM by Laura Baginski

NPN members get 20% off Babyganics fan faves for new parents

*PARENT PERK BY BABYGANICS*
 

To parents-to-be, from Babyganics with love

Your little bundle of joy is on the way—hooray! At Babyganics, everything we make is designed with babies—and the people who love them—in mind. From clean laundry and clean hands to diapers and wipes, we help families care for their babies and clean the world around them as they grow boldly!

So whether you’re expecting your first or you’ve got a family on the go, our all-in-one set of essentials has everyt...

Posted on May 02, 2017 at 7:00 AM