Posts from: October 2018

NPN members get 15% off at Rowan Catering

*PARENT PERK BY ROWAN CATERING*

Make your next event truly special—let the professionals do the work. From public events to corporate meetings, private gathering to weddings, nothing allows you to be a guest at your own event like a catered service. We handle the details, set-up and clean up, leaving you to enjoy your time with your guests. Whether at your home or a venue, 20 people or 200 guests, we can make your event intimate, professional and memorable.

Rowan Catering was forme...

Posted on October 30, 2018 at 7:00 AM

New CPS school ratings are out. But what do they mean?

On Friday, Chicago Public Schools released a lot of new data. While CPS's continued enrollment slide made the biggest headlines (enrollment is linked to how much funding each district receives), the new school ratings are likely more important to parents, especially those in the thick of school search. Find out where your school—or the schools you're considering for your child next year—ranks here. 

My son's school's rating dropped from a 1+ to a 1. That's disappointing, for sure, but ...

Posted on October 29, 2018 at 11:27 AM by Laura Baginski

Have a difficult ex? Co-parenting is still possible with these tools

Raising children with another person can be unbelievably stressful. Despite our best efforts to be sensitive to another person’s parenting style or preferred method of discipline, aligning one’s values with the other parent when both parents have strong opinions of the “right” or “wrong” way to rear children can be tricky. 

While parties who don’t have children together can effectively sever ties (absent a financial obligation to the other party), this is an impossibility for parents. ...

Posted on October 25, 2018 at 10:02 AM by Katy Mickelson

Where to find childcare in Chicago at the last minute

Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, a work-at-home mom or dad, or even a full-time working one with regular childcare, with holidays and conference season upon us, we all need extra help from time to time. Here’s a quick list of places in the city that offer last-minute and/or part-time services.

The Nook (Bucktown and South Loop)
This full-service daycare allows non-member parents to book absent children’s open spots via an online app, which is regularly updated until 6 a.m. day-of...

Posted on October 25, 2018 at 5:03 AM by Amelia Levin

NPN members receive a free inspection and appraisal with home purchase

*PARENT PERK BY NICHOLE VEIHMAN @PROPERTIES*

Please join @properties broker Nichole Veihman for this free neighborhood and home tour covering:

La Grange, Western Springs, Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills
Neighborhoods, schools, business districts, etc.
Real estate and lending market trends                                                                             
Tips for navigating the spring market                                                         
Private tours of...

Posted on October 23, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Doing well in school creates opportunities? Sadly, that's a myth.

We’ve been telling students and families that doing well in school creates opportunities—that showing up, doing the work, and meeting teachers’ expectations will prepare them for their futures. Unfortunately, that’s a myth.

That’s the subject of The Opportunity Myth: What Students Can Show Us About How School Is Letting Them Down—and How to Fix It, a new research report we at TNTP, a national nonprofit dedicated to ending the injustice of educational inequality, published last month. 
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Posted on October 17, 2018 at 12:35 PM

The little-known strategy of getting into Chicago schools

“When is the best time to begin my school search?” is a question often posed by families looking to start the always dreaded but ultimately necessary rite of passage known as the “Chicago School Search.” Sometimes the question is followed up by a plaintive, “Oh my goodness! Am I too late?!” Rest easy, Chicago families. The answer is not as cut-and-dried as one would think — and ultimately, you are never “too late.”

As the third largest city in the U.S., Chicago is home to a vast range ...

Posted on October 10, 2018 at 4:50 PM by Chicago School GPS

Take the stress out of making school lunches

As parents, we are sometimes just as excited as our kids when school is out for summer. For us, that means no helping with homework, no rushing around in the morning, and no packing of lunches. But as the summer nears the end, we realize the tasks ahead of us as the school year begins. Packing lunches does not need to be one of those dreaded tasks. Here are some helpful tips for putting together a delicious lunch in advance:

No “surprise” lunches. Try out new recipes on your kids at ho...

Posted on October 10, 2018 at 4:19 PM by Karen Nochimowski

What living in Chicago has taught me about the world

Photo: courtesy Keisha Mathew

As a parent and a long-time resident of Chicago, I often feel a great deal of conflict toward my changing city. Its natural and man-made beauty, as well as its diversity, are what makes many locals feel so proud to live here. Yet and still, there are things that cause feelings of shame and anguish to surface in many residents, myself included.

I like how Chicago blends modernization and world-class charm with our simple family values. It’s why so many t...

Posted on October 09, 2018 at 9:27 AM by Keisha Mathew

NPN members get 15% off estate planning at Cindy K. Campbell Law

*PARENT PERK BY THE LAW OFFICES OF CINDY K. CAMPBELL*

The Law Offices of Cindy K. Campbell is offering 15% off of flat fee estate planning services now through November 15, 2018. 

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 relationship...

Posted on October 09, 2018 at 7:00 AM