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

Girls summer camp discount for NPN members | NPNparents.org

*PARENT PERK BY INSPIRE GIRLS ACADEMY*

Inspire STEAM! is an engaging summer day camp for girls 5-7 years old with fun-filled real world exploration that opens their eyes to the world around them. STEAM concepts are discovered daily as a way of thinking, approaching problems, experimenting and finding solutions.

The girls will engage in weekly projects that range from exploring the idea of what it means to work through entrepreneurship to engineering their own castles. Our curricul...

Posted on March 07, 2017 at 7:00 AM by Jana Kline

Dads shouldn't get credit for showing up | NPNparents.org

Photo credit: sara*/Flickr

Exhausted, sweating, and questioning my travel attire (for some reason I thought jeans and a hooded sweatshirt would make the perfect Caribbean outfit), I just wanted to escape the customs line at Punta Cana International, find a bottled water and our seats on the shuttle, and then finally check in to the resort so the relaxing part of our four-day Dominican Republic vacation could begin.

With our then–8-month-old son taking in the sights from his comfy pe...

Posted on March 02, 2017 at 9:48 AM by Matt Beardmore

Kids learn to make, keep, be a friend at day camp | NPNparents.org

*SPONSORED BY APACHI J CAMPS*
 

Our children’s lives are made up of a series of milestones. Not just the ones that doctors check for, but the big (and sometimes routine) events that happen throughout the years that mark maturing and growth: sleeping in a “big girl bed,” wearing shoes with laces, putting his face in the water at a pool, going down the tallest slide at the playground, starting elementary school, seeing a movie in the theater.

Attending day camp for the first time is ...

Posted on February 28, 2017 at 10:09 AM

Calling ninja warriors of all ages! | NPNparents.org

*PARENT PERK BY WINDY CITY NINJAS*

 

Windy City Ninjas is a new 10,000 square foot gym with a variety of obstacles to challenge ninjas of every age (from age two up to adults). Windy City Ninjas offers 55 minute, weekly classes specifically tailored to the following age groups: Lil Warriors (ages 2–5), Emerging Warriors (ages 5–8), Ascending Warriors (ages 9–13) and Senior Warriors (ages 11–15).  All classes are designed to improve strength, agility, body awareness, and confidence. Cl...

Posted on February 28, 2017 at 6:50 AM by Jana Kline

Get ready to love NPN even more | NPNparents.org

A few months ago, many of of our members completed our membership satisfaction survey and offered fantastic insight into not only how you use NPN, but also about how NPN can help you through your particular parenting challenges. We’ve taken your feedback to heart, and we’re excited to announce some events and features you’ll see in the coming weeks and months that provide the support and resources you’ve asked for!

Website improvements: We upgraded the forum in December—look for mor...

Posted on February 21, 2017 at 10:55 AM by Liz Knutson

Help your boy express all of his emotions | NPNparents.org

Photo credit: Morna Crites-Moore/Flickr

The causes or consequences of why boys aren’t seen as emotional would make for a long and lively debate, but for busy parents just looking for practical ways to improve young boys’ emotional IQ, here are some quick tips.

The best kind of care is preventative, and it’s useful to help boys explore emotions by starting with what they know. Look to the people they interact with daily—in person or in fantasy—as a way to discuss feelings. Bring up e...

Posted on January 31, 2017 at 2:26 PM by Concentric Counseling

This mom has the secret to not getting sick | NPNparents.org

Photo credit: Aikawa Ke/Flickr

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

Make this easy London broil recipe | NPNparents.org

As parents, we hope to instill in our children the importance of traditions. Many of our family traditions revolve around food. For example, our Sunday evening tradition has become a London broil dinner. All my kids love this meal—which is quite a miracle—and I hope it might become a tradition in your home, too.

London broil

1 ½-2 lb. London broil

¾ cup Italian dressing

¼ cup soy sauce

¼ cup honey

Mix Italian dressing, honey and soy sauce in a large Ziploc bag. Add Lond...

Posted on January 25, 2017 at 12:17 PM by Karen Nochimowski