Posts from: June 2012

On the Go Chicago's Kid-Sized Happenings for Jun 30 & Jul 1

We have on the go Chicago’s top picks for this weekend - June 30th and July 1st - events that are just perfect for your family's city adventures!

From dancing the night away with the cast of Grease at Chase Park to singing with Disney's Bell at Navy Pier, kid-sized fun abounds througout Chicago this weekend!

#1. Movies In the Park: Grease (PG)

Chase Park

June 30th, 6:30pm


School Age

Summer lovin' will fill the air at Chase Park this Saturday.  G...

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Cindy McCarthy

Chicago School Search – How to Get Started & School Fair Info

We know school search is a topic that is always buzzing.  Questions like: what schools should I look at, when do I apply, and how will I get in to the schools I want?

At NPN, we are constantly working to help you find those answers!  From updating our online School Directory to adding new events to our School Choice Program – we are here to help!

School Fair Season is just around the corner.  We want to make sure you have all the information you need to create a plan of attack.


Posted on June 28, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

Keep your kids healthy all summer

Now that it’s Summertime, the kids are lounging around the house and playing with the neighborhood kids.. And if they’re anything like mine, they will pummel through a refrigerator full of food in one weekend!

At school or daycare the kids have scheduled times to eat. (What they’re eating is a different blog post!) They eat at the same times every single day and the food is portioned. At home, they are free to grab food and snacks all day long.

The key is to keep the children eatin...

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Johanna M. Cook

Saying Goodbye

Something that just came up in a GRASP moms’ group recently was the issue of separation anxiety with toddlers. It is important to always say goodbye when separating to connect words with actions and establish a pattern. This helps set your child’s expectations and provide a greater sense of security. Knowing what will happen next, even if it’s not something your child likes, maintains your little one's sense of trust and consistency. As we all know, our anxiety actually increases when ther...

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM by Sara Sladoje

Teach your kids how to respect & help animals

What would you do to help dogs and cats that didn’t have a home? 

Build doghouses outside the dog park. – Hayes, 7

No one loves animals as much as kids do.  Children are fascinated by animals, big and small, wild and domestic.  Often children relate to animals, and vice versa, in a way that adults simply cannot.   Since many kids connect with and love animals, participating in family-oriented opportunities to protect and help animals is an excellent way to engage in philanthropy. 

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Amy Cahill

On the Go Chicago's Kid-Sized Happenings for June 23 & 24

We have on the go Chicago’s top picks for this weekend - June 23 and 24 - events that are just perfect for your family's city adventures!

Family fun abounds this weekend.  From movies and concerts to exploring nature and touring bridges, your sure to have tons of kid-sized fun!

#1. Meet The Bridge Lift Tours

McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

June 23rd, 10:30am

Free with bridge lift ticket ($10)

3+ years

Jim Phillips, museum bridge doce...

Posted on June 22, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Cindy McCarthy

Summer Safety & the Sitter: Tips for Communicating For Safe Summertime Fun

Give yourself a break this summer and hire a sitter to take over a day of pool duty, run the kids to the park or just spend an afternoon playing with them in your own backyard.  While summer gives kids a chance to let loose and have fun, it’s also when most accidents happen. Before you take off for your well-deserved time-away, make sure you communicate with your sitter the ins and outs of summer safety.  Don’t assume he or she knows what likely feels like second nature to you.   


Posted on June 21, 2012 at 7:30 AM by Jenny Rowland

Mirroring Healthy Habits – What is Your Grocery Cart Teaching?

Last week, I walked into our living room just in time to hear Grace yell at our cat, "No, no! Get out of there!"

Oh, boy. That sounded eerily familiar. Having my toddler mimic something I say is adorable…and TERRIFYING! It is like looking at a living mirror and praying that only the good gets reflected. Her entire role in life is to observe, learn and repeat everything we do.

A study of 120 children aged 2 to 6 years found a distinct link between the children’s parents’ food p...

Posted on June 20, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Loralynne Evans

5 Birthday Party Planning Dilemmas - Solved!

As we prepare to host my daughter's third birthday party this weekend, my head is spinning with all of the little last minute details. Fortunately, I know I can turn to the trusty Discussion Forum to answer many of my party planning questions.

5 Birthday Party Planning Dilemmas:

What's the proper etiquette on inviting classmates and siblings?

To open presents during the party or not? 

How to host a "no gifts please" party or consider a donation drive in lieu of gift...

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Your child's first visit to the dentist

By the time your baby is one year old, he or she could have a single tooth, a mouth full of teeth or even a gummy smile. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that babies see a dentist by age 1.

Children need healthy primary (baby) teeth to eat, speak properly and to guide the permanent teeth into place. Primary teeth generally start to fall by the time the child is six years old and the process ends with the primary molars at age ...

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Flavia Lamberghini