For kids with food allergies, teal is the new orange on Halloween

Photo: Denise/Flickr

For families dealing with food allergies, Halloween is more than just a tricky time of year. The trick-or-treat haul brings home the potential for an allergic reaction to something as simple as a piece of candy corn. Dairy, egg, peanuts, soy, wheat, tree nuts… the list goes on for all of the allergens hiding in those variety bags we hope to catch on sale.  

As the parent of a child recently diagnosed with four of the top eight allergens, I was really surprised b...

Posted on October 09, 2017 at 2:22 PM by Jamie Donovan

Chicago venues that cater to kids with special needs

As parents to a wonderful, energetic special needs 8-year-old, my husband and I are constantly thinking of ways to enjoy our chaotic lives as much as possible. And because our lives are anything but "normal," it’s not always easy to enjoy all the typical fun things like dining out, going to live theatre, visiting a museum or taking a vacation. We are always fearful that Lia will act out because of boredom, frustration or sensory overload. If she gets upset, it is money wasted because you ...

Posted on October 04, 2017 at 2:01 PM by Evelyn Perez-Horita

One simple way you can get your kids to eat healthy

In recent years, the rise in childhood obesity and diet-related disease, like type 2 diabetes, have been hot topics of discussion. I think it is safe to say that parents want their children to be healthy, but figuring out how to help them make healthy choices may feel daunting. Particularly when simply getting your child to eat may be a battle.

The best thing you can do? Get them involved in the food choices for the family. But start small. Pick one step below that you feel comfortable...

Posted on October 03, 2017 at 4:41 PM by Karla Gidwani

3 steps to make your child bully-proof

As parents, we want our children to be happy. We want them to have friends. We want them to feel part of the group. The last thing we want is for our children to feel like they are on the outside looking in or, worse yet, being the victim of a bully.

Why are some children the target of negative attention in the form of bullying or exclusion from peers, while others seem to escape this experience? After working with hundreds of families, I’ve observed that on some level, children who su...

Posted on October 02, 2017 at 1:25 PM by Jill M Hope

How to apply for CPS preschools

If you’re thinking about CPS for preschool next fall, the time to look into those programs is…now! There are different options available, with programs housed in select public elementary schools across the city. Most have already begun providing tours and scheduling open houses. It’s always best to call each school you are interested in to get the details on how to apply and/or get on their waitlist; some programs have not yet determined the number of seats that will be open for next fall...

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 10:40 AM by Didi Lewis

NPN members get discount on estate planning at GQ Law

*SPONSORED POST BY GQ LAW*
 

In my practice, I have the privilege of working with parents of young children. It is always a tough conversation when we inevitably discuss the plan details relative to the death of one or both parents while their children are still young, but I find that it gives my clients comfort to know they can leave behind a trail of love (or what I like to call “Love Legacies”). Love Legacies are a gift or memento for children or other loved ones that you establish now...

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 7:00 AM by Jennifer Guimond-Quigley

ESDM is a life-changing breakthrough for autism

 

*SPONSORED POST BY CHICAGO ABA THERAPY*

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) has transformed the lives of many young children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). If you are a parent of a young child who has a diagnosis of autism or shows characteristics of autism, ESDM can be hugely beneficial in teaching pivotal skills and enhancing interactions.

ESDM therapy is a comprehensive, early intensive intervention based on the principles of applied behavior analysis ...

Posted on September 25, 2017 at 9:45 AM by Evan Campa

You went to the NPN School Fair. What's next in your search?

 

You've had some time since the NPN Preschool & Elementary School Fair to decompress. Now what? Your search most likely will not stop now. Here are some additional steps to consider. 

 

NPN's Virtual School Tours are a great way to supplement what you learned at the School Fair, and check out the schools you didn't see at the fair. You can browse by map location, or choose to sort schools by type or grade—all from the comfort of your couch!
Use NPN's school directory an...

Posted on September 25, 2017 at 8:00 AM

4 ways I focus on my marriage after becoming a parent

Seven years of marriage has taught me a lot. How communicating with my wife (and really listening) when I would prefer to shut down really helps us solve problems. How saying “I’m sorry” should only be used if I truly mean it, because it could lead to further issues if I don’t. How marriage can be the most rewarding relationship I’ve ever experienced if I put in the work, and how it can be incredibly challenging if I don’t.

Yet no matter how much I’ve learned and how much work I’ve put...

Posted on September 21, 2017 at 2:36 PM by Matt Beardmore

What it's like to have 2 kids at different schools

Ever wonder what a “typical” day is like for a mom with two school-aged kids attending two different schools in two vastly different neighborhoods? We are a family in the South Loop, with a first-grader and preschooler. When our son received an offer to attend a highly-regarded CPS Selective Enrollment Elementary School on the far South Side last year, we were ecstatic about his opportunity but also had to give much consideration to how accepting that spot would turn our daily routine ups...

Posted on September 11, 2017 at 9:26 AM by Didi Lewis