Posts from: September 2014

NPN Discount! $15 tix to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS

Behold the living legends! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey brings the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages in an all-new show - - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. Experience unimaginable family fun as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious visions that have only existed in your imagination and now materialize before your eyes: the Unico...

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 6:25 AM by Ellie Ander

9 Social Media Rules for First Time Parents

I’ve been seeing a lot of weird stuff on social media lately and I thought it was time to say it aloud.

Dear FTP (or First Time Parent),

As much as you try to filter yourself, you’re annoying. And I mean that in the best way possible. You love your kids and you want to share them with the world.  They are indeed, ridiculously cute. Well, most of them are.

I get it. There isn’t etiquette per se on how to manage your social media feeds once your first baby arrives, so I thought I’d mak...

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 7:55 AM

Navigating the CPS School Search

If you missed our two CPS 101: Elementary Options seminars this Fall, here's a quick hit list of things to have on your radar at the beginning of the school search process.


Age requirements:  For Kindergarten - your child must be 5 by September 1st of the school year.  For Preschool - children must be 3 and fully potty-trained by Sept 1st of the school year.

Determine your neighborhood school:  Use the CPS School Locator. You are guaranteed Kindergarten admission a...

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Didi Lewis

Smart Love Toddler Explorations: Buy one class at $30 and get the second class FREE!

Come join the fun at Toddler Explorations at The Natalie G. Heineman Smart Love Preschool (parents and toddlers 12-36 months), specially designed with your child’s development in mind. These 75-minute classes offer special together time while your toddler freely explores in an engaging learning environment. Smart Love has created a unique program that combines creative arts, motor play, and interactive music. Highly trained and knowledgeable teachers add to the positive experience. Strengt...

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 6:11 AM by Ellie Ander

Exploring World Cultures in Chicago: Take a Trip to Poland

Cultural Care Au Pair is teaming up with NPN to take you and your family on international adventures without leaving the city limits! We encourage Chicago-area families to take advantage of the many diverse neighborhoods and cultures right here in our hometown.  In this post, we invite you to travel to Poland with us (or at least head to West Town), to get a taste of Polish culture!

Start out at the Polish Museum of America (984 N. Milwaukee Avenue), one of the oldest ethnic museums in...

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Marcie Wolbeck

NPN's My Directory: Your #1 School Search Tool

Need help finding the right school for your family? Look no further!  The NPN members-only My Directory has some amazing new features to make your daycare, preschool and elementary school search so much easier. Navigate your family's school search fast and easy from your home or office.

How does it work?

Make sure your NPN membership is active - RENEW or JOIN and log in

Search the online directory using the Keyword (e.g., Montessori) OR use the advanced search to find wha...

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

NPN 2014 School Fairs: What to Expect and How to Prepare

School Fair season has arrived! Since Chicago School Search is so overwhelming and parents want to make the most of their School Fair visit, we are here to help you get ready! 

The fairs are set up as an expo with schools, enirchment programs, and childcare exhibitors set up in rows around the room.  Attendees can walk around and talk with representatives from public and private preschool and elementary schools, non-profits, and businesses with activities and services that cater to lit...

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Get Your Work Done Without the Kids Distracting You! 15% Off Childcare + Coworking

Are you an entrepreneur or overwhelmed parent desperate for a couple of hours on the weekends to get work done without the kids distracting you? Instead of plugging in the movie in the morning, come to Free Range Office for Working Parents Weekends (WPW)! Free Range now offers childcare + coworking. Two time blocks every Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am - 11:30am & 11:30am – 1:30pm. We provide supervised play and plenty of fun activities for children ages six months to six years, includin...

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 7:30 AM by Ellie Ander

Managing Behavior 101

Effectively managing our children’s behavior as parents can be very challenging.  Although building a family is ever-changing, the basic principles of behavioral learning and behavior change remain the same.  The following principles, when followed accordingly, are effective in managing behavior. 

Be prepared.  Providing your child information about upcoming situations can be helpful.  State rules ahead of time, and give rewards for good behavior.  

Give praise and rewards for any posit...

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Lions and Tigers and Halloween, Oh My!

I know, it seems crazy to think about Halloween already but I'm not gonna lie, once that first pumpkin spice latte hits the lips, it's on. 

Like a switch, it's time for costume brainstorming, apple picking, weekend orchard chaos, all while figuring out what new foods I can force pumpkin flavoring into. Because we love the season so much we've got an action-packed Autumn ready to take your mind off of the glory that was Summer 2014. Here's our top five events you CANNOT miss: 


Posted on September 10, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed