Posts from: February 2014

How to Get Involved at Your Child's School

Educational research and anecdotal stories all agree that parental involvement in their child’s learning is hugely influential and can impact strongly on their success in school. Yet, very few schools truly have exemplary and interactive relationships with their parents and make the most of this key partnership.

How can we promote this within our schools? Here are a few small steps to begin this conversation.

1.  Talk to the teacher. Do not ever be afraid of the perception of being...

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 7:30 AM by GEMS World Academy Chicago

Perks! A Discount to JCYS Big City Day Camp!

JCYS Big City Day Camp: Kids Explore Chicago with this Urban Summer Camp!

JCYS Big City Day Camp truly is a one-of-a-kind urban adventure serving campers entering K-8 in Fall 2014. The jam-packed camp offers amazingly diverse activities and fun field trips in age-appropriate groups. Campers build socialization and physical skills in a safe and exciting environment!

Offer: NPN Parents can lock-in our 2013 Summer Rates by registering by Friday, February 28.  Register for Big City Day...

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 8:40 AM by Ellie Ander

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grow-Up City Fun (Feb 10 - 16)

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., Feb 11, Solving Infant Sleep @ Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (only 6 spots left!)

- Tues., Feb 11, Play Date @ The Land of Nod

- Tues, Feb 11, Roscoe Village Mom's Night Out! @ Fras...

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 12:45 PM by Amy Johnson

Online safety resources worth bookmarking

Safety is one of the most important concerns for families, as we all know that life is unfortunately full of hidden hazards. Too often it takes a tragic death or injury to raise awareness about dangerous products or the preventative steps that should be taken for safer environments. Lack of public awareness about safety issues is a major problem across different industries, perpetuated by a lack of adequate regulation and the failure of manufacturers to promote and publicize safety recalls...

Posted on February 07, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Dev Gowda

The Doula Dishes: Four Tips for Supporting Your Partner in Labor

Helping Her Push: Four Tips for Supporting Your Partner in Labor

Ok, husbands and partners, we know you can’t actually help push the baby out.  But there are many ways in which your support can be crucial to assisting your wife or partner through labor and delivery.  As a doula, I’ve worked side-by-side with dozens of partners and dads-to-be helping their wives through childbirth.  Here are a few tips I’ve learned that make for the best support:

#4  Pay attention in childbirth clas...

Posted on February 06, 2014 at 12:10 PM by Jocelyn Alt

Healthy Habits for Kids with Special Needs

As New Year’s resolutions abound and gym memberships surge, here are some reminders of why healthy habits are a lifestyle – not limited to a time of year.

All children require a nutritious diet to meet goals for growth and good health. When you have a child with special needs good nutrition can aid the child’s overall health.

Shriners Hospital for Children Chicago treats children with orthopedic, spinal, and craniofacial conditions, with a strong focus on family-centered care. Comm...

Posted on February 05, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Pam Patt

Are you looking to make a change from employee to self-employed in 2014?

Before you make the leap, get the tips, advice and resources you'll need at Bucktown's hottest new coworking space, Free Range Office (FREO)! Register for "Quit Your Job Bootcamp!" The details:

What: "Quit Your Job Bootcamp!"
When: Feb. 6th, 6pm-8pm & Feb. 13th 6pm-8pm
Where: FREO in Bucktown, 2141 W. North Ave., 2nd Flr.
Sign Up: Click here to register and save 15% with coupon code FREONPN

More Special Offers:


25 percent off a one-month coworking membership

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Posted on February 04, 2014 at 8:03 AM by Liane Jackson

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grow-Up City Fun (Feb 3 - 9)

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., Feb 4, Storytime & Kids Show @ Austin/Irving Library

- Tues., Feb 4, Moms In Business - Babies & Business @ Purple Monkey Playroom

- Sat., Feb 8, Dramatic Adventures: An I...

Posted on February 03, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Amy Johnson

NPN's 3rd Annual Developmental Differences Resource Fair is Feb. 9!

NPN proudly presents our 3rd Annual Developmental Differences Resource Fair!  This event was created to help parents of children (ages infant 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, ...

Posted on February 01, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter