Author - Matthew Van Tuinen

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Matt is a proud dad to Caroline (4) and Charlie (2) and lives in North Center with his wife Tricia. He is also the owner of MVT Public Relations, a sports and lifestyle PR firm, whose clients at times have great info to share with NPN parents about participation in sports for themselves and their kids.

Business Trip Blues

Leaving home again... Another two-week stint away, making it four of the last seven weeks that I have been out of town for work. It’s tough to be away for that long…for me, my wife, my kids, our household. How many families in Chicago battle the same thing?

For the past five years, travel has been a big part of my job. But this summer has been worse than usual. I probably spend a total of two to three months a year on the road.

What has been interesting and depressing at times is t...

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 9:00 AM by Matthew Van Tuinen

Swim Lessons for Kids - Get what works!

Summer has arrived and with it comes frequent trips to the pool, beach, lake and water park.  As a dad of 2 little ones, I needed some expert advice on what to look for and expect when checking out swim lessons.  David Stephens, the Head Coach of the Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club and Wolfpack Swim School, has some great advice for Chicago parents:

Can your children handle themselves in the water without a flotation device? In the U.S., drowning is the second leading cause of death amon...

Posted on June 29, 2011 at 9:47 PM by Matthew Van Tuinen