Author - Karen Jacobson

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Parenting is the hardest job in the world. And yet, it is one of the few jobs for which there is no training. Parenting Perspectives provides parent coaching, workshops and classes. Check out our amazing 4 session parenting class beginning mid-October in Chicago! www.parentingperspectives.com

Dear NPN...

As a new mother 17 years ago, I had no friends with children in the city and no family nearby.  Overwhelmed, isolated on maternity leave, confused with thousands of questions and worries, desperate to connect with other new moms, I found NPN (then called Northside Parents Network).  Not knowing what to expect, my son and I attended my first “new moms group”.  Little did I know that attending that meeting would eventually lead to meeting an amazing group of women that are still wonderful fr...

Posted on December 03, 2013 at 8:00 AM by Karen Jacobson

When your child says "I'm bored"

Children spend much of their time either being entertained or in scheduled activities.  Structured activities such as day care, school, camp, classes, sports and other activities involve adults providing the format and directions.  Increasingly, downtime involves electronics and screen time where children are plugged in being entertained and stimulated by something other than their own imagination.  Children today have fewer opportunities to sit in solitude, to daydream, to use their imagi...

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Karen Jacobson