6 ways to teach your child a foreign language this summer

Worried your child might be losing her immersion language skills over the summer? Are you teaching your family language and eager to find new ways to connect your child to your family language? Parents of children learning other languages, whether through school, nannies or family, will find these ideas helpful to give their kids critical language exposure and support their development this summer.


Get books! You can find bilingual books and books in world languages at your local...

Posted on July 06, 2017 at 10:26 AM

Surviving summer with your special-needs child

Photo: Evelyn Perez-Horita

I have an 8 ½-year-old little girl, Lia (pictured, above), who has been diagnosed with severe intellectual disabilities, sensory processing disorder, autism and hypotonia, and is non-verbal. I do not, nor will I ever, claim to be the resident expert in any given field except when it comes to knowing my own kiddo. With that said, I know how frustrated and bored my little darling is going to be this first week of summer vacation. My husband and I had to figure ...

Posted on July 06, 2017 at 9:35 AM by Evelyn Perez-Horita

5 tax breaks every parent should know about

While it may feel like children require an outpouring of funds, here are several child-related tax breaks that may allow you to save some on your taxes. 

1. Dependent exemption: You are entitled to a personal exemption for each person claimed on your return. For 2017 this means you reduce your taxable income by $4,050 per exemption on your federal return and $2,175 per exemption on your Illinois return. The savings are these amounts times your tax rates. Note that the exemption phases ...

Posted on June 28, 2017 at 10:01 AM by Lisa Niser

NPN parents: Pay no enrollment fee at Butler Children's Prep

 

*PARENT PERK BY BUTLER CHILDREN'S PREP*

Proven preschool education for ages 2 to 5 comes to Chicago’s Gold Coast! Butler Children’s Prep is committed to shaping hearts and minds through an education that appreciates different learning styles and creates a safe, intimate and nurturing environment for all children to fulfill their potential.

Butler students thrive while learning, and carry on the ideals of the three Bs: to have Belief in one’s abilities, that Beauty exists in all...

Posted on June 20, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Easy ways to stay in shape when you're a new parent

Last March I attended (not by choice) the Expectant Fathers class at Prentice Hospital. During these 2 ½ hours, 15–20 fathers-to-be sat around two long tables and listened as the presenter, a pediatrician and father of two, delivered the non-edited version of how life was about to change. It was funny at times. Scary at others. Eye-opening for sure.

During one part of the session, we were presented with this question: “What are you most afraid of about becoming a father?” I could have ...

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 2:03 PM by Matt Beardmore

Explore Chicago neighborhoods with your kids this summer

Photo: The author's son having a close encounter with the art at the National Museum of Mexican Art.

We all get stuck in it: the “neighborhood rut.” We know our parks, our coffee shops, our favorite routes. Months can go by, even years, and we realize we haven’t left our zip code—short of the odd errand to Costco or inconveniently located birthday party.

Then one day we realize that we live in a city with 77 neighborhoods, and we’ve barely been to a quarter of them. I was exactly th...

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 8:29 AM by Kathleen Dragan

5 tips for throwing an awesome kids' birthday party

*SPONSORED POST BY LAINE TOO*

As a special event and corporate entertainer for many years, one of the most common questions I get is how to plan and throw a successful children’s event that both parents and children can enjoy. Parents and planners alike get frustrated throwing the same old cake and coffee party every time they have a celebration for their child. Whether you’re needing to plan a small party at your home, a mitzvah, graduation or something as large as a fundraiser, these...

Posted on June 14, 2017 at 11:53 AM by Melaine Rubin

NPN parents: Get 50% off twirling at Tutu School

*PARENT PERK BY TUTU SCHOOL*

A brand new children’s ballet school has opened in Roscoe Village – Tutu School! Classes and ballet birthday parties are open to little dancers 18 months to 8 years old starting… NOW!

One more thing: All former students of the school that previously occupied our studio space may attend their first full month of classes absolutely free. We heard many of you lost tuition when that school (Baby Take a Bow) closed. We’re so sorry, and we want to do what we c...

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 7:00 AM

How I lost all of the baby weight -- twice

Photo: courtesy Charlotte Tsou

 

Having a child is just like having an open heart surgery, once your chest is cut open, you are never the same.

Becoming a mother greatly changed my mentality and priorities in life, but it also altered my physical well-being. I am not talking about squeezing into that old, small bikini, which is highly desirable, but building back my physical strength and stamina. I came to realize that I needed them desperately to stay healthy and take care of my...

Posted on June 07, 2017 at 12:04 PM by Charlotte Tsou

NPN parents: Get a free night out with Chime by Sittercity!

*PARENT PERK BY CHIME*

Chime is the latest innovation in on-demand babysitting by Sittercity. Via Chime’s website or mobile app, you can find, book and pay great babysitters in your neighborhood. The Chime team does the legwork by running background screens, checking references, and meeting every sitter in person. All you have to do is enter the date and time you need a sitter, review video profiles, and connect instantly with your favorites. Build a bench of your family’s sitters, vie...

Posted on June 06, 2017 at 7:00 AM