When you ask your kids the question, “How was school today?”, count yourself lucky if you get an “OK” or “fine.” As parents, we all want to know: Are they having fun? Are they playing nicely with others? Are they nurturing healthy relationships with their friends and peers? And the one that worries us the most, Are they eating lunch? Every day, tons of us suffer from not being able to communicate effectively with our children. As a mother of three and a parent educator, I’ve had to learn ...Posted on October 30, 2017 at 8:46 AM
Kindergarten is a pivotal year for kids and families. Leading up to the big send-off, many parents feel tremendous pressure and spend countless hours worrying about where their child will go to school, if they are making the best educational choices for their family and how they will juggle a new schedule.
Meanwhile, kindergarten students transition from their early childhood environment—whether it’s a childcare center, preschool or at home—to a more structured approach to learning in...Posted on October 24, 2017 at 12:02 PM
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Cindy K. Campbell works with many NPN families in Chicago helping to set up wills and trusts, working with estate administration, guardianships, and collaborative family law and mediation.
We want our clients to feel knowledgeable and comfortable throughout the process so that we can build relationships and con...Posted on October 17, 2017 at 7:00 AM
For families dealing with food allergies, Halloween is more than just a tricky time of year. The trick-or-treat haul brings home the potential for an allergic reaction to something as simple as a piece of candy corn. Dairy, egg, peanuts, soy, wheat, tree nuts… the list goes on for all of the allergens hiding in those variety bags we hope to catch on sale.
As the parent of a child recently diagnosed with four of the top eight allergens, I was really surprised b...Posted on October 09, 2017 at 2:22 PM
As parents to a wonderful, energetic special needs 8-year-old, my husband and I are constantly thinking of ways to enjoy our chaotic lives as much as possible. And because our lives are anything but "normal," it’s not always easy to enjoy all the typical fun things like dining out, going to live theatre, visiting a museum or taking a vacation. We are always fearful that Lia will act out because of boredom, frustration or sensory overload. If she gets upset, it is money wasted because you ...Posted on October 04, 2017 at 2:01 PM
In recent years, the rise in childhood obesity and diet-related disease, like type 2 diabetes, have been hot topics of discussion. I think it is safe to say that parents want their children to be healthy, but figuring out how to help them make healthy choices may feel daunting. Particularly when simply getting your child to eat may be a battle.
The best thing you can do? Get them involved in the food choices for the family. But start small. Pick one step below that you feel comfortable...Posted on October 03, 2017 at 4:41 PM
As parents, we want our children to be happy. We want them to have friends. We want them to feel part of the group. The last thing we want is for our children to feel like they are on the outside looking in or, worse yet, being the victim of a bully.
Why are some children the target of negative attention in the form of bullying or exclusion from peers, while others seem to escape this experience? After working with hundreds of families, I’ve observed that on some level, children who su...Posted on October 02, 2017 at 1:25 PM
If you’re thinking about CPS for preschool next fall, the time to look into those programs is…now! There are different options available, with programs housed in select public elementary schools across the city. Most have already begun providing tours and scheduling open houses. It’s always best to call each school you are interested in to get the details on how to apply and/or get on their waitlist; some programs have not yet determined the number of seats that will be open for next fall...Posted on September 26, 2017 at 10:40 AM
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In my practice, I have the privilege of working with parents of young children. It is always a tough conversation when we inevitably discuss the plan details relative to the death of one or both parents while their children are still young, but I find that it gives my clients comfort to know they can leave behind a trail of love (or what I like to call “Love Legacies”). Love Legacies are a gift or memento for children or other loved ones that you establish now...Posted on September 26, 2017 at 7:00 AM
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The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) has transformed the lives of many young children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). If you are a parent of a young child who has a diagnosis of autism or shows characteristics of autism, ESDM can be hugely beneficial in teaching pivotal skills and enhancing interactions.
ESDM therapy is a comprehensive, early intensive intervention based on the principles of applied behavior analysis ...Posted on September 25, 2017 at 9:45 AM