Posts from: January 2013

3 Simple Steps to Building Resilience Using an Attitude of Gratitude

One of the greatest qualities you can nurture in your child is resilience. Resilient kids are less likely to suffer from depression, poor quality relationships, jobs that do not excite and stimulate them, and are more likely to achieve their greatest potential.

Children with a strong sense of resilience have several characteristics in common:


They tend to persist when things get difficult

They feel capable of tackling new challenges and don't shy away from something that ...

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Jill M Hope

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (Jan 14 - Jan 20)

 


Wondering what to do this week in Chicago with and w/o your kids? Our NPN Calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for families, grown-ups, shoppers, business owners, and parents needing a mental break.  See you around the city!!






FREE & Open to the Public:

- Tues. Jan 15, Developmental Differences Parent Support Group @ Bellybum Boutique

- Tues. Jan 15, A Healthy Start with Innovations Yoga @ Lululemon S...

Posted on January 13, 2013 at 1:38 PM by Amy Johnson

Healthy Smiles = Healthy Children

When I worked on the Navajo Reservation for the first four years of my career as a dentist, I saw many pediatric patients. Most had severe dental problems, which reinforced the importance of early intervention in preventing dental caries. I witnessed the impact of poor dental health significantly on children’s general well-being. As soon as good dental health was restored, they were much healthier and happier. That experience motivated me to specialize in pediatric dentistry.

The avera...

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Melissa Connell

Nurturing a Child on the Autism Spectrum - Our Family's Story

So, on a cold day back in February of 2012, my wife urged me to come along with her to this big Developmental Differences Resource Fair she had read about  somewhere in the city. We live in Berwyn, so that pretty much meant that I would have to actually have to change from my comfy clothes on my day off and bundle up in order to brave the harsh Chicago environments (including traffic) to drive out to this fair. Uggghhh….I thought. As, we drove out there we talked about getting an opportuni...

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Bryan Martinez

5 Promises to Keep for a Safer 2013

As we begin the New Year, consider making a wholehearted pledge to child safety in 2013. Below are 5 resolutions we urge you to keep not only for the upcoming year- but always. Share your commitment to safety and encourage family, friends, and colleagues to do the same!


5.) Take an inventory of all the child’s products in your home.

It takes less time than you would think, and it will save you tons of time later. Use our handy child product inventory sheet to log all the pro...

Posted on January 09, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Dev Gowda

Perks! Discounts on Entertainment, Parties & Indoor Play!

Grab up the first discounts of 2013 and keep you and the little ones busy!

Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After: Featuring your favorite Disney stars, new and old alike, including the newest star Merida from Disney/Pixar’s Brave and the classic Beauty and the Beast. Playing Chicagoland Jan. 23-Feb. 10 with FREE PARKING.  Save $5 on tickets with code HEART. The details.

Cici Pictures: Let Cici Pictures capture great memories of your child's birthday party, freeing you up to be ...

Posted on January 08, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Ellie Ander

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (Jan 7 - Jan 13)

Wondering what to do this week in Chicago with and w/o your kids? Our NPN Calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for families, grown-ups, shoppers, business owners, and parents needing a mental break.  See you around the city!!






FREE & Open to the Public:

- Sat., Jan 12, Parents of Preemies Mingle @ Flourish

FREE & Members Only: (join now and get in on the fun!)

- Thurs., Jan 10, Stay At Home Moms Group @ Cour...

Posted on January 06, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Amy Johnson

The 10 Best New Year's Resolutions for Parents

As we wrap up another year, we are all reading and thinking about New Year's Resolutions.  As parents, lets all try to focus on what will make our most important job better, more fun, and bring on lots of little smiles and hugs.  These are resolutions worth keeping!

Read more.  No matter how young or old you baby is, read more to and with your child. Read anything - books, magazines, newspapers, greeting cards, street signs, menus, and more. 
Unplug more.  Put down the phone, cell, ip...

Posted on January 04, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

NPN's 2nd Annual Developmental Differences Fair is Feb. 10!

NPN proudly presents our 2nd Annual Developmental Differences Resource Fair! This event was created to help parents of children (from birth through 8th grade) with a range of developmental differences - developmental delays (i.e., speech, motor skills), sensory processing disorder, autism, ADD/ADHD, PDD-NOS, mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, Down Syndrome, physical disabilities, and more.

Where: Gordon Tech High School, 3633 N. California Ave., Chicago

When: Sunday, Feb...

Posted on January 03, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

10 things moms wish they knew before going into labor

As you get the nursery ready, think about how you are going to count contractions, and contemplate what to pack in your hospital bag, NPN moms have 10 things they wish they knew before the big day!  

Try to relax – get a pedicure, haircut, squeeze in a nap, go out with friends, and do whatever helps you unwind – it is much harder to do these things after the baby arrives
Post-partum reality - the effects of delivery are often suprising, messy, and uncomfortable.  Every person is diffe...

Posted on January 02, 2013 at 9:30 AM by Sarah Cobb