Posts from: March 2014

So Many Amazing items on NPN's Online Silent Auction

It's still a little chilly out but beautiful weather is almost here and one of my favorite things to do in the spring is go shopping!  The NPN Online Silent Auction is a great place to start as you'll be sure to get some great deals but also support a wonderful Chicago parent organization. All proceeds of the auction help NPN keep our programming free or low cost. Bidding opens May 1. If you need to register please click here. If you have any questions about the ins and outs of bidding che...

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Colleen Pellissier

Perks! Your Staycation at The Four Seasons or Ritz-Carlton Chicago!

Book your staycation at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago or The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) and get a complimentary welcome amenity and 15% off room service when you call directly to book any of our published offers. Valid only for the month of April, 2014. MUST mention NPN when booking to receive offer!

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
Explore the bold collection of modern art in the chic lobby and delight in creative and contemporary farm-to-table fare at Allium Restaurant & Bar...

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 6:23 AM by Ellie Ander

Rules to Follow When Teaching Your Kids about $$$

For many kids, “earning money” means outstretching their palms and waiting for money trees (parents/grandparents) to deliver.

To help kids learn money doesn’t grow on trees, COUNTRY Financial is teaming up with Money Smart Week and hosting fun money-focused story times for your money smart kid.

In the meantime, follow these five golden rules to get your kid on the right money-paved path:

1. Start young  

As soon as kids can count, start teaching them about money – you can t...

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Victoria Nygren

Perks! Spring is the Air.. Finally!

NPN Perk Discounts from Rethink Remodeling, Zealous Good, Chicago ReDesign, Emerald City Theatre and Harris Theater Family Series. Spring is in the air, and that's something to celebrate! 

Rethink Remodeling From small projects to dream kitchens, Rethink Remodeling provides the project management, design, tools, craftsmanship and materials to make your space as you envision it. NPN members receive up to $2,400 off your remodeling project. Must call by 4/30/14. More info.

Zealous Go...

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 7:02 AM by Ellie Ander

Five Ways to Reinvigorate Your School Search

For Chicago’s young families, admissions season is a flurry of dates, deadlines, research and introspection.  The beginning of the process feels exciting and enlightening as families explore the plethora of options that exist in our city, both public and private.  As time goes on, excitement morphs into anxiety and stress and the idea that admissions decisions are out of their hands can make families feel like they are at the mercy of the system.  Letters of acceptance, non-acceptance or w...

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Laura Gradman

Positive Parenting: Getting On the Same Page

When my children were younger and I was a stay at home mom, my husband worked long hours.  Every morning, he would kiss the boys goodbye and lovingly say, “Be good for Mommy.”  Then he was off, returning after bedtime.  For him, his exit was helpful and thoughtful.  For me, his words were like nails on a chalkboard. A million thoughts would run through my mind: “What did ’be good for Mommy’ mean?” “Wasn’t it unrealistic to think that little boys could be ’good’ all day?” “Was he telling th...

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Karen Jacobson

Why I love being a mom in: Beverly

“Where is that”?  “Is that a suburb”?  These are often questions I get asked when I tell my fellow Chicagoans that I live in Beverly.  I was actually born and raised here, as were many generations of my husband’s and my family.  We can trace back over 3 generations of our ancestors who have called the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood “home”. This is truly one reason that this area is so unique.  You will find many families like my own.  My grandmother has been living in her house for over ...

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Meredith Carey

From infants to school children; injury prevention tips for every age

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the possibilities of potential injury to your children but don’t have to feel this way. To help alleviate anxiety, we have listed some common sources of injury to children by age below and follow with simple steps you can take to help prevent the injury from happening.

At this age, it’s really important to create a safe sleep environment for baby and this starts with making sure your child has a safe product to sleep in. The Consumer Product S...

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Dev Gowda

Scream and shout and let it all out! Discounts off dance and great eats!

Bollywood Groove offers a unique class for kids ages 3 to 16 years  that combines Indian dance, culture, movement fundamentals and more. NPN Members use a 15% discount on Spring (Mar 19 - May 31) Bollywood Groove Kids Dance Classes with promo code bGNPNSpring14. Learn more.

School of Rock believes the best way to learn music is to play music. We take students from the lesson room to the stage, developing both their confidence and musicianship with programs designed for all skill levels...

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 6:04 AM by Ellie Ander

Basics of IEPs- Can It Really Be Reduced to Six Steps?

When a family realizes their amazing, delightful child may need more services to meet his/her needs, a cloud of confusion, panic and even dread tends to set in. They may have heard the acronym “IEP” but don’t even know that it means “Individualized Education Program” and that their child can receive specialized services to realize his/her potential.   Can the complicated world of IEPs be reduced to just a few simple steps?  Steps- “Yes” ; Simple- “No”.


Step 1: Identifyin...

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM by Chicago School GPS