10 things you could do with your time and money instead of shaving

 

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Did you know that the average american woman spends over $33,000 and two entire months of her life plucking, shaving and waxing? As all busy moms surely know, it’s those few extra moments every morning that make all the difference between a hot cup of coffee and a deep breath, and absolute chaos. 

Imagine what you could do with all the time you don’t spend removing unwanted hair? Here are all the 10 things you can do with all the time and m...

Posted on March 30, 2017 at 10:06 AM

NPN members get a discount on kids' swim lessons at Goldfish

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Goldfish Swim School provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years old in a unique setting with highly trained instructors, small class sizes (max 4:1 student to teacher ratio), shiver-free 90-degree pools, and a state-of-the-art water purification system. Families with kids of different ages and skill levels can conveniently have all of their swimmers in the pool during the same half hour time slot and schedule makeup classes wh...

Posted on March 28, 2017 at 7:00 AM by Jana Kline

I don't cook, but I still manage to feed my kids. Here's how.

I don't cook, and I am totally envious when I see mom friends post incredible dishes they make for their kids on social media. As a result, I make impulsive purchases to acquire cooking tools that gather dust in my cabinets.

Like some mamas, I am just not interested in cooking. I enjoy it when it is an activity, an experiment, but not a task. 

Most of the people in my generation growing up in Asia have a live-in nanny or take-out is merely a block away. Also eating out is a social t...

Posted on March 23, 2017 at 9:30 AM by Charlotte Tsou

5 tips for the Developmental Differences Resource Fair

Our March 26 Developmental Differences Resource Fair brings together service providers, school options and other resources in one place that focus on serving parents of children with developmental differences (developmental delays, sensory processing disorder, autism, ADD/ADHD, PDD-NOS, mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, Down syndrome and physical disabilities). Register now to reserve your spot for this free fair!

Here are our top 5 tips to be prepared for the fair:

1. P...

Posted on March 22, 2017 at 11:29 AM by Laura Baginski

How to tell if a summer camp is a good fit for your kid

I'm a parent like you and I’ve had to choose a summer camp for my own kids a zillion times. With so many options available, how do you know when a summer program is the right fit for your child and family?

A word-of-mouth reference about a program is a great start, and there are lots of great camp guides out there. Regardless of how you hear about the camp, make sure it's licensed as a Children’s Activities Facility. Being licensed as such means all staff who are present with your chil...

Posted on March 17, 2017 at 9:29 AM by Candice Blansett-Cummins

Want to make your community better? Consider your neighborhood school

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There is a lot of agreement on the NPN forum that Betsy DeVos is a worrisome choice to head up the U.S. Department of Education. No doubt she would continue her crusade to widely promote charters and tax-payer–funded vouchers for private and religious schools. But arguably the future of Chicago Public Schools will have more to do with how we act locally than what DeVos or some equally anti-public education secretary does. 

This January '16 Trib a...

Posted on March 15, 2017 at 10:29 AM by Kandie Alter

How to advocate for your special-needs child in CPS

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As Chicago parents, we have many, many questions about our children’s education.

 

These questions start before our little ones are even born: Should I send my child to CPS, look at private schools, or move to the suburbs? What is my local school? Is it “good”?

 

Parents of diverse learners face many more questions as their children grow: How will my child get her needs met once she is in school? Is CPS up to the challeng...

Posted on March 14, 2017 at 12:32 PM by Carrie Shonk

What to expect from CPS notification letters | NPNparents.org

For Chicago parents who have applied for seats at Open Enrollment, Magnet, Magnet Cluster and Selective Enrollment Chicago Public Schools for the 2017-2018 school year, the countdown is underway for the CPS notification date. Let the nail-biting begin!

April 3, 2017 is the date to mark on your calendar. According to an updated notiifcation process on the CPS Office of Access and Enrollment’s website: Notification letters for elementary school will be released no later than April 3. Not...

Posted on March 14, 2017 at 12:06 AM by Didi Lewis

Help kids choose kindness and respect | NPNparents.org

It was a Sunday night, and we were settling in as a family to watch a Blackhawks game when the game broke away for a nightly news update. The newscaster mentioned a looming storm, a car accident on the Kennedy and showed a clip of the President-elect behind a podium. My five year old looked at the television, looked at me, and then asked me why the President-elect was yelling. And to be honest, I wasn’t really sure since there was so much yelling going on for months and months in the poli...

Posted on March 13, 2017 at 10:50 AM by Amanda Simkin

Is your child questioning sexuality or gender? | NPNparents.org

If your child starts to become attracted to someone of the same sex or wants to break away from typical gender expressions (e.g., a boy wearing a dress), you're probably wondering, Is this just a phase? Buckle up, because it’s not simple.

The answer is yes and no. Some children have a clear sense whether they’re gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender from an early age and it never changes, while others might question and experiment with those identities only for a period of time. Most p...

Posted on March 07, 2017 at 10:18 AM by Concentric Counseling