Category: Health & Safety

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

5 reasons to step up in 2017 | NPNparents.org

*SPONSORED BY LURIE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL*
 

The 20th annual Aon Step Up for Kids is just around the corner on Sunday, January 29. Here are the top 5 reasons why you and your family should Step Up in 2017:

It’s a family event! Kids of all ages are welcome and those who are 12 and under step for FREE!
You can form a team with your friends, family or colleagues, making it a fun and meaningful Sunday!
It’s a great way to get in shape as you step in to the New Year! Earn bragging ...

Posted on December 21, 2016 at 12:34 PM

Dealing with infertility? Toss the holiday cards | NPNparents.org

Photo credit: Mallika Malhorta

When you have fertility issues, the holidays can feel like a punch to your heart every time you open up a card with tons of adorable children or see the many social posts of holiday traditions for children.

Every year, I tape the holiday cards to the front of my refrigerator. My first round of IVF failed around November of 2008. I got pregnant and miscarried six weeks later. So, with that first holiday, taping the cards up on the fridge was a bit painf...

Posted on December 12, 2016 at 8:40 AM by Tasha Blasi

Help kids with food allergies enjoy the holidays | NPNparents.org

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The holidays are upon us, and with the holidays come family gatherings, tidings of good cheer and food—lots and lots of food. Everywhere one turns there is cocoa and cookies and fruit cake—oh, my!

For some, this time of year, and the many delicacies that come with it, is welcomed. But if you have a child with a food allergy it is a total nightmare. 

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want others to suffer just because my child can’t eat something,...

Posted on December 07, 2016 at 9:48 AM by Cate White

How to keep your New Year's resolution | NPNparents.org

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As the year comes to a close, many of us are mentally steeling ourselves for New Year’s resolutions of physical fitness. Whether you’re resuming your workouts after a holiday hiatus or just beginning, staying dedicated to your resolution can be difficult—but not at all impossible! Below are some tips for staying motivated during the winter months.

1. Make a plan. To maximize your resolution’s success, it helps to outline a realistic game plan. Making your r...

Posted on December 05, 2016 at 10:03 AM

5 tips for cooking with little kids | NPNparents.org

We all know that cooking with kids is recommended. Research shows that it encourages kids to have a more adventurous palate and promotes family bonding, among a host of other benefits.

But the truth is, cooking with LITTLE kids can be a real circus act. 

Take, for example, the time when my mini sous chef decided to use the kitchen faucet as a fire hose. Or when and my little pastry queen turned our kitchen floor into a sugary beach. Of course, these things always seem to happen whil...

Posted on November 21, 2016 at 1:12 PM by Laura Hoover

Make Halloween slightly less unhealthy | NPNparents.org

I know that Halloween is a favorite holiday for so many people. And I totally get the appeal—carving pumpkins, dressing up in cool costumes and getting free candy is pretty sweet. As a parent, I still love the holiday, but I’ve learned that I need to "tweak" my approach to the holiday to keep my kids from turning into little monsters.

For starters, the crowds in Chicago can be out of control, especially during the trick-or-treating hours hosted by neighborhood stores. It’s a far cry fr...

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 1:57 PM by Laura Hoover

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

 

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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

How to prevent your child from getting lice | NPNparents.org

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I never thought I would be writing anything about lice and nits. Had you asked me before I had children if there was any possibility of me ever worrying about lice and nits, I would have confidently said no.

However, life is very interesting and unexpected!

I am the mother of two young children—4 and 6 years old. As soon as my oldest entered school at the age of 2, I began receiving weekly school email notifications of lice. It still shocks me to thi...

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 12:55 PM by Jennifer Kim