Posts from: October 2012

Staying Organized: A New (School) Year Resolution

Thousands of students across Chicago start the school year with brand new backpacks, pristine folders and spotless notebooks. Why, then, are the backpacks, lockers and desks of so many students already a complete mess before the leaves on the trees begin to change?



The likely answer is difficulty with executive functioning. Executive function skills such as organization, time management and planning help students stay on track in school and assist them in managing the complexiti...

Posted on October 05, 2012 at 6:57 AM by Rachel Bernstein

Navigating your Chicago Public School options isn't easy

Navigating your Chicago Public School options isn’t easy! NPN is here to help. Check out some key terms and need to know information so you are prepared to make the best decision for your family.

CPS Preschool Options:  


Preschool for All- Free 2.5 hour program with priority given to children in need.  Open to 3 and 4 year olds who are potty trained.  Check www.ecechicago.org for a listing of schools and apply directly to your school of choice.

Tuition Based Preschool- Fu...

Posted on October 04, 2012 at 7:30 AM by Jay Annadurai

Forget the Casseroles...Top 5 Foods For a New Mom in the Grocery Freezer Section

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I heard lots of people tell me to “make lots of casseroles and freeze them” in anticipation of the baby. Well, after having been through it, I can tell you that a bunch of  casseroles are not the ideal way to get you through those first few months.

Issue 1: Casseroles are not so easy to eat while holding a baby. Trust me – try it.

Issue 2: You are up at all hours of the day… just having dinner in the freezer is not going to cut it. You’re going...

Posted on October 03, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Merav Benson

Tuesday Parent Perks! Discounts For Expecting & New Parents

It's Tuesday Parent Perks. Whether you're expecting your 1st or need a helping hand with your new little bundle(s), we reached out to NPN Partners who are there to help with these great discounts.

UrbanSitter is an online resource where you go to find & book babysitters recommended by people you know in your social circles. First 50 NPN Parents to enter promotional code NPNPERK12 will receive a $20 credit good towards babysitting services on UrbanSitter! Read more.

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Posted on October 02, 2012 at 1:44 PM by Ellie Ander

Caring for your Child with ADHD

When a child is impulsive, hyperactive, and seems out of control, how do you remain calm and offer your best caregiving?  This is the challenge that parents face on a regular basis when they have a child diagnosed with ADHD.  Children who are agitated, dysregulated, or escalated are challenging for even the “best” parents. Often traditional reward/punishment approaches are not a good fit for these children and place more challenges on the parent-child relationship.  Children with ADHD are ...

Posted on October 01, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Allison Levine