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Posted on February 09, 2016 at 10:00 AM by Ellie Ander

I keep my child at home all winter, to save her life

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I recently turned down an invitation for my two-year-old daughter and I to join a fun outing, and the hostess was mad. "Aren't you ever going to let her have any fun?" she said. "How is she supposed to learn social skills?"

Yeah, we miss out on a lot of fun things. Yes, I doubt myself and fear I am overreacting. But before you judge me for keeping my child in a bubble, step into my shoes for a moment.

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Posted on February 08, 2016 at 9:15 AM by Julianne Neely

Overheard on the NPN forum: The CPS quagmire deepens

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Even for someone vitally interested in the outcome of the conflict between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union, it can be very difficult to follow the twists and turns of this unfortunate saga. NPN members have been weighing in on this issue every step of the way on the discussion forum, and offering a voice the media infrequently touches on: Chicago parents. Join the discussion, or just follow the thread to get caught up with th...

Posted on February 05, 2016 at 1:05 PM by Laura Baginski

3 ways to cultivate your kid's creativity

*SPONSORED BY THE PLAY CAFE*

Our kids are like little bundles of potential creativity. The innocent atoms of children are the building blocks of creative minds. Without yet the learned hesitations of society, all ideas are new ideas to our little ones. It's quite beautiful, actually.

There is a certain mental disarming we must do to play freely at the level our kids play. We must put away the pain we know, in our hearts and across the globe, the pain that gives our cheeks ...

Posted on February 04, 2016 at 11:33 AM by Linda Dennison

How to deal: Infant crying

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Most expectant parents understand that after their baby is born, she will cry. A lot. But how do you cope with the stress of hearing your baby cry, and how will you know whether your baby's crying is normal? 

 

Nancy Mork, LCSW, of the Erikson Institue's Fussy Baby Network, offers some great insight on infant crying below. She'll also be leading a workshop on the all-important topic of how to soothe a crying in...

Posted on February 03, 2016 at 8:35 AM by Laura Baginski

Warm up your winter with 50% off memberships at Kidville Lincoln Park!

Kidville Lincoln Park is a one-stop family destination offering creative classes and birthday parties for kids, a preschool alternative program, camps and a state-of-the-art indoor playspace. Kidville's developmental classes for children 0-6 years old inspire endless hours of excitement and adventure. Choose from classes in gym, music, art, dance, enrichment and more. Taught by Kidville’s team of play professionals, Kidville’s programs help growing minds and bodies develop ...

Posted on February 02, 2016 at 2:00 PM by Ellie Ander

Adopted kids aren't 'lucky'

 

"They are so lucky to have you."

This is something my family hears regularly from strangers and friends alike. Every time I hear it my heart sinks, because I know the person saying it has the best possible intentions but, really, these babies are far from lucky and it misses the reality of their painful journey. 

Every single child deserves a loving, supportive home. Luck should have nothing to do with it. But if it did, "lucky" would h...

Posted on February 01, 2016 at 8:02 AM by Julianne Neely

Overheard on the NPN forum: Remember when you had hobbies?

Before you had kids, you probably worked out, read novels, kept up with the latest music acts and went to concerts...maybe even went to non-kids' museums to enrich your mind. And now? Between the demands of your kids and your job, you're lucky if you can get through one article online and see your friends in a non-playdate situation once every few months. 

A mom of a one-year-old posted on the NPN discussion forum: "Is it normal to lose the time for hobbies for a...

Posted on January 29, 2016 at 11:18 AM by Laura Baginski

Philanthropy spotlight: Changing the Face of Beauty

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Rarely do you see a person with a disability in an ad campaign that has nothing to do with his or her disability. Chicago mom, NPN member and photographer Katie Driscoll aims to change that with her charity, Changing the Face of Beauty. Her goal? To convince retailers large and small to include people with disabilities in their ad campaigns. 

"The common response I receive from the industry is, 'We never even thought abou...

Posted on January 27, 2016 at 11:49 AM by Laura Baginski

This is the baby gear you actually need

Registering for your baby shower can be overwhelming and confusing—how could such a little person need so much stuff? And what the heck is a NoseFrida?! To make the experience more fun than stressful, we recommend bringing a veteran mom friend who's not afraid to tell you what you need, and what you don't. But before you grab that barcode scanner, heed these tips from the baby gear experts at Babies R Us.

Bonus: You can get even more baby gear tips from the experts a...

Posted on January 26, 2016 at 2:07 PM by Babies R Us