There's no better time to make hygge happen in your home

Hygge: feeling warm, comfortable and safe. This Danish concept advocates enjoying the simple pleasures and treating yourself with care. During Chicago winters, we could all do with a little dose of hygge: the perfect antidote to Zoom overload. Here’s how.

Clear out clutter
To ensure the simplicity required for this concept, some decluttering is required. Make this an opportunity to donate items, then clear everything out of sight into some large, natural hampers.

Bring in cozy
Woo...

Posted on February 09, 2021 at 12:47 PM by Fiona Royer

A child therapist admits to committing these 10 COVID-19 parenting fails

I can hardly believe it myself when I tell people that I have been a pediatric mental health therapist for 12 years now. I mean, that is over a decade of my life! I would say that I don’t know where the time went, but I do. A lot has happened since beginning my professional career. I moved to Chicago, got engaged, and landed my dream job. But what really makes time fly is having kids. Nothing in my life has made me realize just how fleeting life is more than raising children. One day they...

Posted on February 09, 2021 at 12:19 PM by Ritamaria Laird

Safely navigating kids' winter sports during COVID

2020 was truly a very difficult year with regards to the coronavirus pandemic. There is a lot we know now that we didn’t know at its start and still so much to learn. Scientists and medical researchers are working hard to develop therapeutic medications and vaccines to help protect us from the harms this virus can cause. Families everywhere have had to make sacrifices in their personal lives, work lives and the ways they enjoy sports and recreation, all the while trying to find new ways t...

Posted on February 09, 2021 at 12:04 PM by Anita Chandra-Puri

NPN members get 15% off virtual dance & move courses at My Art House Studio

*PARENT PERK BY MY ART HOUSE STUDIO*

Try a 6 week course with My Art House Studio starting February 15th and expand your child's creativity and confidence at home through our thoughtfully designed and affordably priced online dance and creative movement classes for kids 3-12 years olds.

We offer 4 uniquely designed 6 week courses in dance and creative movement on Zoom starting Monday, February 15th. 

Make & Move Mondays from 4:00-4:45pm CST; Ages 4-7
Pop Dance Party Wed...

Posted on February 09, 2021 at 7:00 AM

NPN members pay no preschool application fee at The Nicholson School

*PARENT PERK BY THE NICHOLSON SCHOOL*

Play - the Essence of Learning for the Young Child

At The Nicholson School, we approach each child as an individual with their own combination of talents and one-of-a-kind needs. Nurturing, early childhood educators combine practical, preschool, teaching experience with early childhood development expertise, creating a stimulating classroom environment where children feel safe and supported.

Each child learns differently, so Nicholson Sch...

Posted on February 02, 2021 at 7:00 AM

This is how to travel with young kids during a pandemic

It’s not really ever easy to fly with kids. But the reward of getting to your final destination for a family vacay and creating amazing memories makes it all worth it. Right?? That’s what I tried to remind myself when my husband surprised me with a family trip to San Diego for my birthday. During the midst of a global pandemic.

Part of me was so excited to go somewhere, to have an adventure with our family, to get out of the normal day-to-day routine. The other part of me was panicked....

Posted on January 28, 2021 at 10:23 AM by Liza Balistreri Cahill

NPN members get $1,500 closing cost credit

*PARENT PERK BY BUSBY GROUP*

Busby Group is a top 1% Chicago residential real estate team, working with Chicagoans to buy and sell throughout the city and burbs. We understand the stress of buying or selling with children firsthand: Julie Busby is a mother of two and an NPN Board Member. Our concierge level of service includes stress-free assistance in getting your home ready for the market as well as access to school-related resources during your property search and discounted rates ...

Posted on January 26, 2021 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 15% any spring 2021 class at Porchlight Music Theatre

*PARENT PERK BY PORCHLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE*

Calling all music theatre loving singers, dancers, and writers! Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre offers Broadway Basics (ages 7-10), Music Theatre Bootcamp (ages 11-13), or Advanced Music Theatre Performance (ages 14-17) for the musical loving kid with in-person and virtual options.  

Classes focus on social emotional learning, confidence-building, and technical skills in the arts. All classes end in the performance of an original mus...

Posted on January 19, 2021 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 20% off first payment at CodeWizardsHQ

*PARENT PERK BY CODEWIZARDSHQ*

 

Online coding classes taught live by a practicing coding professional. Attend from home! No driving. Structured and developmental curriculum. Students can learn Python, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, Scratch, Java and more. Beginner friendly to advanced skill levels welcome.
Once a course begins, every student at any level enjoys the same benefits: 

Interactive Live Classes
Structured and Comprehensive Curriculum
Video Recordings/Slides of Every C...

Posted on January 12, 2021 at 3:26 PM

NPN members get free registration + 2 free weeks at Everbrook Academy

*PARENT PERK BY EVERBROOK ACADEMY*

Everbrook Academy Lincoln Park supports 21st century leaners and their families. It starts by following CDC guidance for a healthy, safe environment. And we keep you connected with WatchMeGrow, live streaming video of your child’s classroom; plus regular updates with our brightwheel mobile app.

Here, STEAM brings the world into every classroom, through hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math, as we prepare childre...

Posted on January 05, 2021 at 7:00 AM