Posts from: October 2017

Get ahead of falling back: Preparing for Daylight Saving Time

On Sunday, November 5 at 2am, Daylight Saving Time ends—and for parents, this means a lot more than simply setting the clock back an hour.

“Time change can have a drastic impact on children, especially young children who easily become overtired,” said Mahdi Dadrass, Executive Director and Co-Founder of South Loop Montessori School. “More than just cranky moods or unpredictable temper tantrums, restlessness can drive habit-creating challenges that impede upon learning, impact social int...

Posted on October 31, 2017 at 3:07 PM

How was your day? Tips on talking to your kids about school

When you ask your kids the question, “How was school today?”, count yourself lucky if you get an “OK” or “fine.” As parents, we all want to know: Are they having fun? Are they playing nicely with others? Are they nurturing healthy relationships with their friends and peers? And the one that worries us the most, Are they eating lunch? Every day, tons of us suffer from not being able to communicate effectively with our children. As a mother of three and a parent educator, I’ve had to learn ...

Posted on October 30, 2017 at 8:46 AM by Nilmari Donate

Kindergarten readiness is the key to long-term success

Kindergarten is a pivotal year for kids and families. Leading up to the big send-off, many parents feel tremendous pressure and spend countless hours worrying about where their child will go to school, if they are making the best educational choices for their family and how they will juggle a new schedule. 

Meanwhile, kindergarten students transition from their early childhood environment—whether it’s a childcare center, preschool or at home—to a more structured approach to learning in...

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 12:02 PM by Maura Daly

NPN members get 15% off estate planning at CK Campbell Law

 

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The Law Offices of Cindy K. Campbell is offering 15% off of flat fee estate planning services now through December 15, 2017. 

Cindy K. Campbell works with many NPN families in Chicago helping to set up wills and trusts, working with estate administration, guardianships, and collaborative family law and mediation.

We want our clients to feel knowledgeable and comfortable throughout the process so that we can build relationships and con...

Posted on October 17, 2017 at 7:00 AM

For kids with food allergies, teal is the new orange on Halloween

Photo: Denise/Flickr

For families dealing with food allergies, Halloween is more than just a tricky time of year. The trick-or-treat haul brings home the potential for an allergic reaction to something as simple as a piece of candy corn. Dairy, egg, peanuts, soy, wheat, tree nuts… the list goes on for all of the allergens hiding in those variety bags we hope to catch on sale.  

As the parent of a child recently diagnosed with four of the top eight allergens, I was really surprised b...

Posted on October 09, 2017 at 2:22 PM by Jamie Donovan

Chicago venues that cater to kids with special needs

As parents to a wonderful, energetic special needs 8-year-old, my husband and I are constantly thinking of ways to enjoy our chaotic lives as much as possible. And because our lives are anything but "normal," it’s not always easy to enjoy all the typical fun things like dining out, going to live theatre, visiting a museum or taking a vacation. We are always fearful that Lia will act out because of boredom, frustration or sensory overload. If she gets upset, it is money wasted because you ...

Posted on October 04, 2017 at 2:01 PM by Evelyn Perez-Horita

One simple way you can get your kids to eat healthy

In recent years, the rise in childhood obesity and diet-related disease, like type 2 diabetes, have been hot topics of discussion. I think it is safe to say that parents want their children to be healthy, but figuring out how to help them make healthy choices may feel daunting. Particularly when simply getting your child to eat may be a battle.

The best thing you can do? Get them involved in the food choices for the family. But start small. Pick one step below that you feel comfortable...

Posted on October 03, 2017 at 4:41 PM by Karla Gidwani

3 steps to make your child bully-proof

As parents, we want our children to be happy. We want them to have friends. We want them to feel part of the group. The last thing we want is for our children to feel like they are on the outside looking in or, worse yet, being the victim of a bully.

Why are some children the target of negative attention in the form of bullying or exclusion from peers, while others seem to escape this experience? After working with hundreds of families, I’ve observed that on some level, children who su...

Posted on October 02, 2017 at 1:25 PM by Jill M Hope