How to choose a great school without going nuts | NPNparents.org

All of those Facebook photos of your friends' kids on their first day of school are, of course, adorable, but if you have a two- or three-year-old it can also send you into an anxiety spiral. Oh my god, that's going to be my kid next year! And I haven't even started searching for a school yet!

First, breathe. You have enough time to find the right school. But spare yourself the headaches of navigating public and private schools on your own and let NPN help you. Trust us, we're experts ...

Posted on September 19, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Don't talk about my body in front of my kids | NPNparents.org

If there is one thing I would change about my body it would be how people view it. Because they don't just view it, they feel the need to comment about it. In front of my children. 

Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop talking about bodies, about my body. 

"Oh my god, you're so skinny!" isn't praise or a helpful observation. It's annoying, unnecessary and not something I want my children to hear on repeat. 

I actually own a few mirrors. I've seen my reflection and I don't need every other stra...

Posted on September 19, 2016 at 10:14 AM by Julianne Neely

5 simple ways to help your picky eater | NPNparents.org

When my eldest, Jack, was a toddler, I thought I had it all figured out. He was (and is) curious, easy going and eager to please. Naturally, these temperamental qualities translate to him being a good and adventurous eater.

As a dietitian, I gave myself a big ol’ pat on the back. Surely, his good eating skills were because of me, right?

Well—go figure—kid No. 2 had different ideas in mind. My girl, Caitlin, is sweet, observant and smart, but she’s stubborn as all get-out. Plus, she ...

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 12:49 PM by Laura Hoover

Kick off this fall with Super Soccer Stars | NPNparents.org

Super Soccer Stars has a goal to teach soccer skills in a fun, non-competitive, educational environment. Its philosophy uses soccer to nurture, build self-confidence and develop teamwork in every class. Classes for players from 12 months to 12 years old are based on age-specific curricula created by a combination of early childhood, soccer and behavioral specialists, guaranteeing that each child is learning and having a blast from the moment the whistle blows. 

Super Soccer Stars works...

Posted on September 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM by Laura Baginski

South Side School Fair: Know before you go | NPNparents.org

The NPN South Side Preschool & Elementary School Fair is just days away! Here are all of the details you need to help you prepare before you arrive on Saturday, Sept. 10, in order to have a great school search experience.

PREPARING FOR THE EVENT

Want to personalize your search criteria? You can do this with My Directory. Choose up to 30 schools, view them on a map, and save them to a custom PDF to print and bring with you to the fair. 
Check out the exhibitor list to see which ...

Posted on September 07, 2016 at 12:12 PM by Laura Baginski

9 questions parents should be asking schools | NPNparents.org

Whether you’re attending one of the NPN School Fairs on Sept. 10 and Oct. 16 or you’re going on a school tour, asking the right questions of a school representative is one of the most important ways of determining whether a school is right for your child. 

But what should you ask? Below are some of the most common questions parents ask when chatting with school reps, along with why their answers are so important.

1. What is the education philosophy?
You’ll want to know whether it ...

Posted on September 07, 2016 at 11:00 AM by Laura Baginski

Jump start the school year with healthy lunches | NPNparents.org

Pak’d makes school lunches healthy and convenient by delivering fresh, custom lunches for your kids directly to your door. Pak’d uses the highest quality ingredients you would buy yourself. Have a picky eater or dietary restrictions? Not a problem! Each lunch can be customized to meet your child’s tastes!

NPN members can try one week of Pak'd FREE! This is a $32.50 value! Simply login to NPN and click here to retrieve your NPN member promo code!

 

 

For 100's more great NPN member...

Posted on August 30, 2016 at 6:36 AM by Ellie Ander

How to prevent your child from getting lice | NPNparents.org

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I never thought I would be writing anything about lice and nits. Had you asked me before I had children if there was any possibility of me ever worrying about lice and nits, I would have confidently said no.

However, life is very interesting and unexpected!

I am the mother of two young children—4 and 6 years old. As soon as my oldest entered school at the age of 2, I began receiving weekly school email notifications of lice. It still shocks me to thi...

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 12:55 PM by Jennifer Kim

Thoughts parents have on the first day of school | NPNparents.org

Right now my Facebook feed is filled with pictures of smiling (and I’m not going to lie, some frowning) photos of kids standing with signs that declare their first day of school. They are absolutely adorable in their best “first day of school” outfits, filled with nervous anticipation of what is to come for the upcoming school year.

But I always wonder what these pictures would look like if there was a parent standing with an adorable personalized “back to school” sign. I mean, would a...

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 9:17 AM by Amanda Simkin

Tips on how to soothe your crying infant | NPNparents.org

Photo credit: Flickr/acheron0

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. 

 

How do you know if your child has colic, rather than a normal baby who cries a lot?

All babies cry, but some certainl...

Posted on August 23, 2016 at 1:15 PM by Laura Baginski