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

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

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

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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