Posts from: March 2012

Child Care Through the Eyes of a Nanny

As the full-time nanny of two wonderful children I have a very unique perspective on child care. My job is fun: I experience the Museum of Science and Industry, the Shedd Aquarium and Lincoln Park Zoo through the eyes of a child. I’m responsible for the well-being and health of someone else’s children; I feed, clothe, mind, chauffeur and entertain. It’s not always easy but it’s always rewarding.

I absolutely love my “nanny kids,” and while they have their frustrating moments, I conside...

Posted on March 19, 2012 at 5:13 AM by Stephanie Limesand

The Girl Who Changed My Life

Daughter? I was expecting a son. My life changed July 2, 2008, when Sophie Caitlyn Schofield appeared a week ahead of time. I went against the wishes of the ex-wife and mother-in-law, choosing to wait to find out the baby’s sex. The tiny six pound, one ounce bundle turned out to be a beautiful baby daughter.

My former manager often talked about his two daughters. I never thought I’d be in that situation—as if I had a choice between Coke and Pepsi at birth. He discussed the fresh sod he...

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 5:30 AM by Jim Schofield

Chicago School Search Help! NPN's Must-Have eDirectory

Choosing the right preschool or elementary school for your child is daunting to say the least.  Whether you are just starting the search for a preschool or making a decision based on the letters you receive this month, NPN is here to help you every step of the way. 

At NPN, we have the tools to help you step by step through this process.  NPN puts school search help at your fingertips with these must-have tools and events.  The majority of these resources are a benefit of NPN membershi...

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 8:35 AM by Ellie Ander

Photo Fundraising Ideas for your School

Pictures ARE worth a thousand words…And are a great way to reach your school’s fundraising goals!   From designing original pieces to be put up in a live auction to creating a keepsake that every parent will want to buy, there are endless project ideas help your school reach its fundraising goals. Teachers and parents can tackle some of these projects; others may require the help of a professional photographer.

Be creative. Every year I get asked by a handful of schools to help wit...

Posted on March 14, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Kevin Hammett

Private Preschool Selection Process: Where to Start

Not long after bringing home your new bundle of joy, friends and relatives start asking where you are going to send the little one to preschool.  The process of selecting a school can seem overwhelming for parents.  When considering private preschool options in the city of Chicago, there are many to choose from.  So where do you begin?  The first step is to educate yourself on the available options.  While there are a range of different types of preschool providers, there are a few basic c...

Posted on March 13, 2012 at 6:30 AM by Donna Bracey

Are you Tired of Time-Outs?

Are you Tired of Time-Outs?   Discipline in the Theraplay Spirit

Your patience is running low, your frustration is running high, and your kid is running everywhere!  Managing your child’s difficult behavior can be overwhelming, especially if it is a constant battle.  Often when children aren’t behaving well on the outside, they aren’t feeling well on the inside.

Thanks to those NPN Parents who attended the “Are You Tired of Time-Outs?” workshop at The Theraplay Institute.  Hopefull...

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Allison Levine

March Perk Picks - Wake Up & Boogie Down With These Family Deals

Even if you missed NPN's annual fundraiser event at The Cubby Bear this past weekend, you can still Wake Up & Boogie Down with these amazing deals for families, from our generous event sponsors. To access each business' Perk details and promo codes, please log in and click on their link below.

Wake Up & Boogie Down Perk Picks

Shay Feeney Photography - NPN Members choose between an 11x14 Print with your session or $25 towards a Digital Collection.


Posted on March 09, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Less Conflict, More Cooperation

Looking for less conflict and more cooperation with your children? It’s amazing how different our daily interactions are when we use effective communication. Here are some tips to encourage cooperation when giving directions:

Give clear, specific directions when making a request.  Make sure you give your child a clear message that you want her to do something or stop doing something. Do not phrase your request as a choice or question.

Make your request once. Give one reminder. Then...

Posted on March 08, 2012 at 6:38 AM by Beth Miller

Explore Chicago with your Wee Ones!

We had a great time at the NPN Wake Up & Boogie Down Family Festival!  We loved meeting so many Chicago families, and watching everyone bust-a-move!

On the go handed out walking/strolling maps of four kid-friendly Chicago neighborhoods at the event.  Our hope is to inspire you to go explore a new neighborhood with your family. Each map contains a park and a handful of kid-friendly businesses and restaurants.  You can play, shop and eat your way through these great spots!  The highl...

Posted on March 07, 2012 at 8:30 AM by Cindy McCarthy

Perk Discount Alert! Discounts on Indoor Play with Purple Monkey Playroom

Spring into Purple Monkey Playroom and let your kiddos bounce off their walls, not yours!

50% off your first month of membership OR
25% off a 10-visit drop-in pass

Purple Monkey Playroom is a bright, nurturing destination for young children, parents and caregivers nestled in the heart of Bucktown. We invite you to relax, connect with other adults, and enjoy free coffee, tea and WiFi as your children explore our whimsical space.

Purple Monkey’s thoughtful, 1,500 square foot p...

Posted on March 06, 2012 at 1:00 PM by Ellie Ander