Best Chicago playgrounds for the potty-training toddler

We’ve all been faced with the dilemma: How can we leave our house to go anywhere knowing that at any minute we will hear the dreaded statement of “I need to go to the bathroom!” when potty training our kids? Playground Pointers has a solution to help!  Here are some playgrounds around Chicago with adjacent fieldhouses—with bathrooms! Just make sure you visit during weekdays when the fieldhouses will be open and bathroom facilities will be available.

Margate Playground

Location: 4921 N. ...

Posted on April 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Mistie Lucht

Moms, you're the key to your daughters' positive body image

How do we equip girls with a positive body image? It’s a perennial question that doesn’t seem to fade no matter the advances of women in society. Articles in the press in recent years suggest that girls’ attitudes toward their bodies are most influenced by their mothers. While media messages, stereotypes and peer judgments may contribute to poor body image, mothers are their daughters' primary teacher when it comes to attitudes toward the body and physical appearance.

How do mothers in...

Posted on April 19, 2017 at 11:29 AM by Concentric Counseling

NPN members get membership discount at the Nature Museum

*PARENT PERK BY PEGGY NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM*
 

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is Chicago’s urban gateway to nature and science. Packed with hands-on exhibits for all ages and situated on a picturesque pond in the heart of Lincoln Park, the Nature Museum is the ideal oasis for families and nature lovers!

Experience the whirling wonder of the Nature Museum’s signature exhibit, the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. Watch your child’s eyes light up with joy in this awe-inspiring greenhouse...

Posted on April 18, 2017 at 7:00 AM by Jana Kline

Toilet choosing vs. toilet training: What’s the difference?

*SPONSORED POST BY SMART LOVE PRESCHOOL*
 

There are countless decisions parents have to make in order to raise happy and competent children. But, thanks to a process called “toilet choosing,” there is one decision that parents don’t need to make—when their child learns to use the toilet!

What is toilet choosing?
Toilet choosing allows your child to choose to use the toilet when she is ready to do so instead of training her according to a set timetable.

All children naturally...

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 10:27 AM by Kelly Perez

How to find a last-minute babysitter, fast

*SPONSORED POST BY SITTERSNOW*
 

We’ve all been there.

The reservations at the fancy restaurant with the mouthwatering brazed short rib and to-die-for locally brewed lager were made weeks ago. You maybe even splurged on a new outfit and got your nails done for the occasion. The baby sitter is booked and everything is ready to go.

But what’s that they say about the best-laid plans?

Even though the reservations are set and the new outfit is ready to go and the sitter will be ov...

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 7:00 AM

One simple exercise to help your kid with math homework

Your child might know what half a cookie is, but how about 4/8 of a pie, or 2/4 of a pizza? If your child knows that all of these fractions mean the same thing, she's well on her way to understanding equivalent fractions. But if fractions strike fear into your child during homework hour, here’s a hands-on way to help her understand how common fractions can be equivalent.

What you need:

8 ½ x11 plain white paper
Colored pencils
Lined notebook paper

What you do:

Begi...

Posted on April 06, 2017 at 10:34 AM

Your kid probably won't achieve your unfulfilled sports dreams

“Parents should be supportive. We can’t dictate to him what he can be and what he cannot be. So as a consequence, what we do is we participate with him in golf, and if it was bowling, we would participate with him in bowling. Each and every one of us has our own life to live. And he has a choice to live his life the way he wants to live his life.”

In this “That’s Incredible!” episode from the early ‘80s, the late Earl Woods, father of Tiger Woods, discussed the role he and his wife, K...

Posted on April 06, 2017 at 8:55 AM by Matt Beardmore

Signs of undiagnosed ADHD, anxiety & learning disorders in kids

Many parents have questions about their child’s behaviors, feelings, thoughts and academic progress. You may have asked yourself many times, Is this normal? Will my child just grow out of it? Children have robust and complex emotional worlds and they can suffer from emotional and neurodevelopmental illnesses just like adults. Here is a list of a few things to pay attention to if you are concerned about your child:   

Your gut feeling
The most significant, reliable and valid warning si...

Posted on April 05, 2017 at 7:00 AM by Matthew Hefferon

NPN members get discount on tuition and registration fee at Wee Care Preschool

*PARENT PERK BY WEE CARE PRESCHOOL*
 

For 32 years, Wee Care Preschool has served happy families within the Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods and now will be joining another wonderful community!  Wee Care Preschool announces their second location at 3826 N. Broadway and Sheridan Rd. 

Providing Infant, Toddler and Preschool Programs, this family-owned and operated school continues to be small enough that individual needs are met and goals for your family achieved.  Wee Care offers...

Posted on April 04, 2017 at 7:00 AM by Jana Kline

Your child's accomplishments shouldn't end with a Facebook post

*SPONSORED BY KUDOSWALL*

All parents have, at many points throughout their life, looked at their child and thought about all the great things they can become and all the amazing accomplishments they’ll complete. This is a universal sentiment that is incredibly unique to being a parent. There are other times when a different feeling hits you: that feeling of apprehension and uncertainty about the opportunities and resources you can provide. Is it enough? What are other parents doing? ...

Posted on March 30, 2017 at 10:28 AM