Posts from: May 2018

Preparing for your child's first overnight summer camp

As a parent and director of an overnight summer camp, I know that at this point in the season, campers and parents begin to experience a wide range of emotions (myself included!). Hopefully, the predominant feelings are those of excitement, but it’s also natural to be apprehensive and nervous. While it may be challenging to deal with these conflicting emotions, there are several things you can do to manage these emotions and set your child up for a successful and fun summer.

Do a dry-r...

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 10:43 AM by Becky Altman

Scheduling summertime fun with kids after divorce

One of the most complicated and nuanced parts of the dissolution of two parents’ relationship, be it through the process of divorce or through a “parentage” action (where parents are not married), is developing a schedule of parenting time where each parent feels like he or she can continue to be a meaningful part of their child’s life notwithstanding the change of circumstances of one household to two. Plenty of my clients are dismayed by the thought of not spending their every waking mo...

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 9:40 AM by Katy Mickelson

NPN members get discount on registration at CBECC

*PARENT PERK BY CBECC*

Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is now open! Cardinal Bernardin Early Childhood Center is having a special NPN open house at our beautiful Lincoln Park campus on Wednesday, May 30 at 9am. We will tour the school and visit classrooms where you will see our children enjoying their morning cycle and accomplishing great things! We will also show you our award-winning outdoor area and tell you about all of the exciting changes we are making for the next schoo...

Posted on May 22, 2018 at 7:00 AM

CPS preschool options you can apply for now

As you are researching preschools for your little one and weighing your options, did you know that Chicago Public Schools offers many part-time, and now even some full-day, school-based and affordable preschool programs at select CPS schools across the city? Perhaps more importantly, if you thought you missed the preschool application boat for next fall, it’s not too late to apply for a seat in this program for the 2018-2019 school year.

It’s called Chicago Early Learning (CEL), former...

Posted on May 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM by Chicago School GPS

NPN members get discount on estate planning at GQ Law

*PARENT PERK BY GQ LAW*

 

The Law Office of Jennifer Guimond-Quigley focuses on helping parents plan for the future with a comprehensive and customized estate plan, accomplishing the important things such as naming guardians for those precious little ones and designating a fiduciary to provide financial oversight.  

With their estate plan, clients can expect to receive the following:

A planning meeting to discuss goals and objectives and to determine how those will be rea...

Posted on May 15, 2018 at 7:00 AM

5 rules for traveling with caregivers and kids

I must admit: I never thought I would travel with childcare. That was a luxury that never entered my mind until we hosted our first au pair over four years ago. One of the premises of the au pair program is the cultural exchange between the family and au pair so it was a natural fit to let her explore the USA with us. Now, having taken more trips with our au pairs over the years than I can count, I must say it is a huge relief to have an extra set of hands around while navigating the stre...

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 4:49 PM by Marcie Wolbeck

How I did my Chicago preschool search

So, you think this fall is the right time to start preschool?

If your child is three and potty trained, you’re ready to catch a ride on the pre-kindergarten rollercoaster that will decide who your parental friends are, whether or not you should move, where your child will grow up, and who their lifelong friends will be. Yes, it sounds overwhelming, but it’s never too soon to start researching.

When I thought my first little one was ready, I didn’t have any “mommy friends” to consult...

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 2:12 PM by Nikki Arana

Potty training regression: possible causes and what to do about it

While nighttime control often occurs years later, mastering daytime bladder and bowel control is a process which takes, on average, six months for a child to complete. Urine and stool accidents are common during those months and should be expected.

Toilet training regression, however, is defined as loss of these daytime skills long after the process is complete. It is understandably frustrating and concerning for parents when their child, several months diaper-free, suddenly refuses to...

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 1:12 PM by Tim Porter

3 things working moms shouldn't feel guilty about

Jill* came to see me for therapy at the end of her maternity leave. She had never experienced anxiety before and was suddenly suffering from shortness of breath, racing heart, difficulty breathing and intense feelings of guilt in anticipation of returning to work and leaving her newborn son. 

While the experiences, conditions and circumstances of working vary, many women, like Jill, experience guilt—feeling they are causing harm or doing something wrong.

Mothers often strive to meet...

Posted on May 10, 2018 at 3:52 PM by Jamie Kreiter

NPN members get 20% off at Chicago Kids Day

*PARENT PERK BY CHICAGO KIDS DAY*

Dr. Sarah Weber and Star Events are proud to be sponsoring Chicago Kids Day, a celebration of children’s health and wellness! A fun and entertaining way to educate and teach kids about health and safety. Come rain or shine under the big white tent!

WHAT: Bring your family to Chicago Kids Day!
WHEN: Sat., May 19, 2018, 10am - 1:30pm
WHERE: Chicago Mayfest Tent - 3100 N. Ashland Ave. (@ Barry)
WHO: Open to the public – kids of all ages - $10 per fa...

Posted on May 08, 2018 at 7:00 AM