Halloween can be, well spooky for little ones aged 12-36 months. Do not be surprised if your baby pumpkin seemed very calm celebrating at 9 months and 1 year later wants nothing to do with tricks or treats. It is common for children in this age range to be nervous about the strange costumes and unfamiliar appearances of those around them for Halloween. They do not yet have the ability to know that under that costume is their friendly neighbor or even their own big brother. So just be prepa...Posted on October 18, 2011 at 9:30 AM
Follow these simple steps to keep germs at bay and your family healthy:
1. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using mild, soapy water. The Center for Disease Control posted guidelines on when and how to wash your hands this past summer at Handwashing: Clean Hands Saves Lives.
2. Make friends with the super bugs. Probiotics will definitely help boost everyone’s immunity and reduce the amount of colds and flus.
3. Anti-bacterial products are not what they claim to be. I...Posted on October 17, 2011 at 8:37 AM
With NPN's Annual Preschool & Elementary School Fair taking place this weekend, we've compiled our top 10 tips to start your search:
1 - Determine your family's school search criteria. Consider factors such as cost, location, public or private, schedule, afterschool programs, etc.
2 - Go to the NPN School page. Check out School Fair details and RSVP, download your NPN School eDirectory, and search the NPN Online School Directory.
3 - Dip into the NPN Discussion Forum. Ac...Posted on October 14, 2011 at 8:35 AM
Do your kids love reading? Do you wish they would read more? Do you want them to learn to love books? It’s time for a trip to Open Books!
Bring your little ones, bookworms and reluctant readers to our colorful and inviting bookstore to inspire and encourage their love for the written word.
Open Books is a nonprofit bookstore with a special mission to enrich lives through reading, writing and the awesome power of used books. Located in River North, the store has over 50...
Remember those early days making friends with other parents at the park? Chatting away cheerfully while pushing your infant in the baby swing. Then, all of a sudden, the conversation takes a turn. Schools...Which ones are you thinking about? Classical? Gifted? Magnet Cluster? Private? Charter?! A whatawhat?! You smile while the panic sets in, realizing you have no idea what these terms mean. You clearly have fallen way behind all the other parents in Chicago. You rush home and spend the e...Posted on October 13, 2011 at 9:21 AM
If your child will be five on or before September 1, 2012, it’s time to begin your elementary school search. With hundreds of public and private schools in Chicago, the search for the perfect school can seem daunting. So where do you begin your search for the best school for your child?
Your school search is a multi-step process:
Understand your child and the things he/she needs to be successful. You may not find a school that addresses all your needs, so you should determine y...
The Saturday, Oct. 15 Annual Preschool & Elementry School Fair is just days away! Here are all of the details you need to prepare, arrive, and have a great school search experience.
PREPARING FOR THE EVENT
Read School Fair 101 for a helpful School Fair Q&A.
Create a Must-See list. Review the list of exhibitors on our School Fair Event page (Scroll to the bottom of the page to see our list of 125 exhibitors)
Clean out your book shelves and bring a bag of ...
Signs of Fall are here and the city is looking gorgeous. The leaves are changing and mild yet brisk days are calling us to plan time outside!
Parks are perfect for Fall Playdates, and we are so fortunate to have incredible parks and tot lots in every neighborhood. Here are some ways to plan a play date and Mix It Up this Fall.
1. Mix UP a FUN snack-
Last week I was inspired by the gorgeous trail mix bar at Lincoln Park Whole Foods. We made a fun mix that had my so...
One of the great things about being involved in NPN is the opportunity to seek experts to help address problems we are having at home. The recent big one for our elementary school child was the nightly struggle over homework. It seems that it is the last thing anyone wanted to do. Fatigue. Inattention. Boredom. Oh, and that's just me!
Last month's Nurturing Wisdom program "Homework without Tears of Tantrums" offered a lot of good tips on how to get homework done without a nightly...Posted on October 07, 2011 at 9:00 AM
The weeks leading up to Halloween are full of outdoor adventures and easy ways to craft up a storm! Here is our pre-Halloween plan. Here's our plan - what's on your agenda???
Make some paper plate ghosts to ghoul up your entry way
Create your own Halloween wreath or hit up Paper Source to "make" your own (e.g., owl door wreath)
Pretzel fun - try these ghostly goodies for your next play group
Make some silly and sometimes creepy Halloween snacks!
ADVENTURES...Posted on October 06, 2011 at 8:00 AM