What I went through to become a single mother by choice

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My long-term relationship that had been fizzling for quite a while had finally snuffed out when it occurred to me that I should become a single-mother-by choice. I was always able to picture myself as a mother but the image of myself as a wife was hazy. Very willing to have the baby and not the man, I started to strategize on how to make that happen.

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Posted on August 17, 2020 at 3:30 PM by Venus Brady

NPN members pay no fees for expert photography, virtual tour & floor plan


Considering the suburbs?

If you are thinking of making the trek from the city to the suburbs, you may be wondering, “Where do I even begin?” How do you choose between Darien and Downers Grove? Elmhurst and Naperville? Plainfield and St. Charles? There are so many great towns and cities in the western ‘burbs! But trying to narrow the list can be overwhelming, and the last thing that you want to do is make a mistake on a purchase as...

Posted on August 11, 2020 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 20% off first month of piano lessons at Mindful Music


In Mindful Music, Adrienne Schroeder uses music to equip the next generation to step into themselves and their unique potential.

Mindful Music is a vision, a method and a belief system that Adrienne lives by as a teacher. Her philosophy is a culmination of her life as a musician, a response to the challenges of our current world and is centered around the skills and values she hopes to instill in her students.

Regardless of whether Adrienne's stude...

Posted on August 04, 2020 at 7:00 AM

How to become an anti-racist parent


Since the pandemic began, it has been hard to deny that racism continues to hinder people of color’s well being. Asian Americans have faced harassment and even violence with the tacit approval of the president, since he referred to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” and later the “Kung Flu.” Additionally, we’ve seen the harmful consequences of our modern lifestyle of convenience on communities of color. People of Latinx and African descent are disproportionately the drivers delivering o...

Posted on August 03, 2020 at 2:35 PM by Keisha Mathew

Supporting your gifted child during Covid: focus on growth and take a step back

Parenting during Covid-19 is a new experience for everyone, but what if you’re the parent of a gifted child? There’s often a misconception that teaching gifted kids is easier, but this isn’t necessarily true. 

When my own gifted children were young, I was faced with the constant misconception that, because they were gifted, they didn’t need extra support. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Gifted children require just as much time, energy, and understanding as anyone--only in the...

Posted on August 03, 2020 at 1:32 PM by Lemi-Ola Erinkitola

7 things to have on hand for fun at-home activities with your kids

When Chicago's stay-at-home order began, like many parents I wondered how we would fill so much time at home with my 22-month-old. Even as a stay-at-home mom, this was a daunting task! I decided to get busy using my elementary-education teaching background to create basic plans for exploration and make the most of our time together. As we draw near the fall and probably another step toward increased distancing, I hope to empower parents with ideas for simple play at home. Creating memorie...

Posted on August 03, 2020 at 12:53 PM by Brenna Moss

Show some love to these Chicago Black-owned businesses

As NPN marks its 40th year of connecting Chicago parents in 2020, we want to celebrate our member community as well as our larger community: the city of Chicago. By raffling off gift cards to Chicago Black-owned businesses, we hope to bring awareness to these fantastic cafes, shops, restaurants and online stores while also thanking our members for their contribution to our parenting network. 

We will be giving away $10 gift cards to 30 Black-owned businesses during the month of August....

Posted on July 28, 2020 at 1:43 PM by Laura Baginski

NPN members get a free week of daycare at Ladybug & Friends Daycare and Preschool


Ladybug & Friends Daycare and Preschool is proud to offer a safe, loving environment with unique learning activities. Guided by our fun friends like Mia the Ladybug, children don’t just stay engaged – they thrive!

Our approach: Our approach is simple: Nutrition, Rest and Respect. We believe when children receive proper nutrition, rest and interact respectfully with teachers and peers, their ability to engage in play a...

Posted on July 28, 2020 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 50% off registration and first month tuition at Children's Lighthouse


Children's Lighthouse North Center is dedicated to providing educational childcare to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Our mission is to nurture the development of each child's full potential—intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically—in an atmosphere of safety and trust. Each member of our professional and highly trained staff is committed to standards of excellence in all aspects of educational childcare.

Our secure facility is op...

Posted on July 21, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Anxious about the upcoming school year? Here's how to ease your child's fears—and yours.

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As the new school year approaches amid the Covid pandemic, we all find ourselves approaching it with a heightened sense of apprehension with a new normal of social interaction. The previous school year concluded with distance learning and parents temporarily thrust into educator roles and many are anxiously wondering what will happen this fall. It’s impossible to know what the future holds, and with no clear roadmap, parents who have been managi...

Posted on July 15, 2020 at 10:55 AM by Layton Kirk