Posts from: January 2015

Make NPN Work For You: When You're Expecting

We are constantly meeting new families that are looking for the resources they need as they begin the exciting journey of parenting in Chicago. Whether you are new to the city or born and raised (like myself), NPN has some really amazing resources for the newly pregnant family. 

Here are 5 AWESOME ways to get a GREAT value out of your NPN membership when you're expecting:

5. Parent Perks. Your NPN membership gives  you thousands of dollars of potential discounts including deals fro...

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 6:00 AM by Christa Reed

A Parent's Guide to Simplifying Life With Tech

I get it. You're busy. Holiday cards barely made it out by New Years and you're at least four loads of laundry behind. Here are my top five tech helpers that every Chicago parents needs to know about.


No more running out to the store for the fifth time in a week because you forgot an ingredient. Instacart is a personal shopping service that will go to seven local stores (Mariano’s, Whole Foods,  Trader Joe’s, and Costco to name a few) and can arrive at your doorstep in l...

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 6:00 AM by Christa Reed

Child-Centered Divorce

Keep a Healthy Focus on Your Child with Behavioral Challenges through Divorce

One of the most insightful things I learned in university about divorce was that it – in and of itself – is not dangerous or damaging to a child, but how we interact with and in front of a child makes the difference. As a child of divorce, I couldn’t agree more.

Divorce is a complicated time for families. This is particularly true for families of children with behavioral challenges. While you may be hurt or an...

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 7:00 AM by Brandon Combs

NPN Members Only Deals to Jump Start the Brand New Year!

New NPN Member Only Discounts are Here! From camp discounts to children's theatre, we're sure there's something for everyone!

Don't miss out, login for your member-only promo code and expiration date information. 

JCYS Summer Camp - Register your child(ren) for JCYS Big City Day Camp (K – 6th Grade) and/or Sunflower Camp (2 – 5 years old) in Lakeview! Discounts also available for all JCYS Summer Camps in Highland Park, Buffalo Grove and Ingleside. NPN Members save up to $250 off y...

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 6:52 AM by Ellie Ander

Managing Challenging Behaviors

The interest in the Managing Challenging Behaviors workshop at our last year's Developmental Differences Resource Fair was so great that we didn’t have time to answer everyone’s questions. We asked attendees to write them down and send them along. Here are some of those questions along with some suggestions from the experts at Tuesday’s Child. We thought we post some of these questions as a refresher. 

Q: "How do I deal with the Dr. Jeckle/Mr. Hyde?"

A: Consistency is key-- When the beh...

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 12:00 AM by Brandon Combs

4 steps to finding the perfect nanny

In today's economy, many households have two working parents. That's where a nanny comes in. But hiring a nanny to care for your little one can be an intimidating process. As a former nanny and the founder of nanny agency Olive.You.Nanny, I suggest these tips for finding the perfect nanny.

Step 1: Getting Started with Interviewing

When you’re armed with a clear understanding of how the interview process works, things can be MUCH easier.

Reach out to potential candidates to sch...

Posted on January 18, 2015 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Davis

Ready to Rock with NPN?

I've got cabin fever and the only prescription is more cowbell....or a super fun concert for kids and parents alike!

NPN is thrilled to be presenting Concerts for Kids at the Beat Kitchen every Sunday this Winter. Most shows are $6/ticket (non-walkers are free), doors open at 11:00, music starts at noon. The Beat Kitchen has a full bar and brunch menu with lots of favorites for little tummies! You can purchase tickets by clicking on the links below. NPN members get a discount on all Co...

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 6:40 AM by Christa Reed

5 Tips from a School Admissions Director

For many families, the admissions process is daunting. Although most independent and private schools have one, all are not made equal. When parents ask me about the admissions process, I have lots of advice but mostly I try to get across that every school culture is different and every admissions director handles the process according to their specific school culture. Below are five take-aways for families in the admissions process.

1. The process and the school are one

Never separate t...

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 8:00 AM by Ancona School

You Really Need That Date Night...

Winter break wasn't too long ago, and with the cold weather keeping everyone in the coop, a date night is needed away from our little darlings. Date Night Now — a new babysitting service by your friends at Sittercity — has arrived in your area! Date Night Now connects you with great neighborhood sitters who are guaranteed to be available every Friday and Saturday night. Get started now and you could have a date night as soon as this weekend!

Try Date Night Now by Sittercity and take $1...

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 6:12 AM by Ellie Ander

Learn with NPN this Winter!

Need something to get you out of the house? Need something to empower you to be the best parent you can be? Check out our calendar of great parent-related workshops this winter! 

·       1/13 - Private School Parent/Teacher Mixer @ Erikson Institute

·       1/17 - Adoption 201: Basics of Domestic Adoption @ St. Michael's Parish Center

·       1/22 - 1-2-3 Magic with Dr. Thomas Phelan @ St. Stanislaus Kostka School (FILLING FAST!)

·       2/2 - Separation & Divorce in Il...

Posted on January 12, 2015 at 7:00 AM by Christa Reed