Author - Heather Bragg

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Heather Leneau Bragg joined NPN in 2010 while expecting her first son. She grew up in Aurora, attending the University of Oklahoma and later Northwestern University for graduate school. Heather spent several years teaching first and third grades before earning a masters degree in learning disabilities. After 19 years in the field of education - and after becoming the parent of two boys with ADHD - Heather transitioned her communication, organization and care-giving skillset to a career in real estate. Heather lives with her family in Chicago's West Loop. She is active in her neighborhood and in the parenting communities.

Focus on mistakes to help your child learn

If you are the parent of a child who is struggling with learning and/or attention and you are not getting support, answers or a plan of action from the school, you are not alone. Approximately 20% of school-aged children face some learning challenge during their academic careers. That’s 10 million children in the U.S. alone!

Many children, especially those without a diagnosis or clear-cut, identified challenge, are often not given the necessary support for their learning needs in the s...

Posted on August 08, 2017 at 1:18 PM by Heather Bragg

What about the sibling of a child with learning challenges?

Being the sibling of a child with a developmental disability, learning challenge or other special need can be complicated.


As with any sibling relationship, these brothers and sisters will play a variety of roles throughout life; playmate, confidant, teacher, protector, friend, enemy, follower and role model. Sibling relationships are often the longest-lasting relationships, and the “typical” sibling’s role will change over time, often taking on many of the concerns around caregiv...

Posted on December 01, 2015 at 9:28 AM by Heather Bragg

3 things parents don't need to panic about

Early in my son’s life, I was on the phone with one of my closest girlfriends, also the mother of a baby boy, and we were talking through the challenge du jour of parenting. (I think I was talking about finding a feeding routine that worked best for my son’s reflux, and she was talking about getting her son on a good nap routine). 


She said, “You realize we are in for a lifetime of this, right? It doesn’t end with solving these problems…we will worry about something else next, like ho...

Posted on November 04, 2015 at 9:00 AM by Heather Bragg

4 tips for a smoother start to the school year


Back-to-school is an exciting, emotional, often hectic time for families. The unending texts about teacher assignments and after-school schedules make this time of year one filled with great anticipation. As we ready our kids for class with new backpacks, new shoes and new pencils, we need to help them emotionally prepare for the year ahead.


Combat fear of the unknown
Help your child visualize and practice her first day of school, including how she will get there, who s...

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 12:05 PM by Heather Bragg

3 Tips To End Homework Battles

According to a Public Agenda survey, half of U.S. parents report having major disagreements with their children over homework. Considering that homework is a daily ritual, the potential for regularly-scheduled disasters is overwhelming. While there are a million reasons for homework woes, the following three tips can help you and your child from coming to blows:

1. When working on an assignment that is difficult and frustrating for your child, model both problem-solving approaches AND ...

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 8:00 AM by Heather Bragg

Tips for School Success

The beginning of the school year is an excellent time for students and parents to become acquainted with the year’s goals and expectations. The following checklist may be helpful for parents when evaluating a child’s strengths and challenges.

Does your child:

Follow age-appropriate one- and two-step written directions? Spoken directions?

Begin and/or continue work independently?

Ask for assistance when he needs it?

Complete short-term assignments by the due da...

Posted on September 30, 2011 at 8:39 AM by Heather Bragg