NPN members save 15% off treatment fee at Love My Smile

 

*PARENT PERK BY LOVE MY SMILE*

Looking for a reason to smile? Love My Smile is a brand new orthodontic office offering braces and clear aligners to patients of all ages. Our flexible treatment options and affordable financial arrangements are individually suited to your personal needs and goals. Crowding, spacing, discomfort? Overbites, open bites, underbites? Just don’t love your smile? We can take care of all of it.

Dr. Kitt Stevens uses the latest technology in a state-of-t...

Posted on July 30, 2019 at 7:00 AM

NPN members save 50% on registration & first month's tuition at Children's Lighthouse

*PARENT PERK BY 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 open ...

Posted on July 23, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Family-friendly summer bike rides in Chicago

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Family biking in Chicago and the surrounding areas is fun, healthy, inexpensive and earth-friendly. You just have to know the rules of the road, and have a few family-friendly destinations in mind.

Step 1: Start small
Air up tires and adjust helmets so they are level to the ground, and won’t move around when your child shakes her head yes or no. To warm up, ride around the block or in a paved park or schoolyard. Try riding to a favorite park that i...

Posted on July 17, 2019 at 3:46 PM by Lesley Tweedie

NPN members pay no application fee at British International School SL

*PARENT PERK BY BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL SOUTH LOOP*

The British International School of Chicago, South Loop offers a personalized and truly international approach to learning for students aged 3 - 18 years, developing lifelong learners and determined problem-solvers who are prepared to be leaders in the 21st century. Your child is supported to achieve more than they ever thought possible in our vibrant, inclusive, international community that represents more than 30 countries.

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Posted on July 09, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Encouraging a love of writing in a world of emojis

In a world dominated by likes and emojis, how do you encourage a love of writing in your kids? My traditional, British self has been pondering just this question.

Writing provides the means for children to communicate and to express themselves. There are many ways to help your child feel not only the empowerment that comes from writing but the fun that can come with it, too—at any age.

The very young

A child is never too young to embark upon their writing journey. To set the foun...

Posted on July 08, 2019 at 11:51 AM by Fiona Royer

Is your relationship ready for baby? 4 tips to prepare your partnership

Becoming a parent is a joyful, exciting time. It is also a stressful, disorienting and exhausting time.

There is cultural messaging that children are a joy and we should be happy throughout their babyhood. However, as a clinical psychologist and mother, I've seen that this is just not reality, and this message creates shame for mothers and partners who struggle with this major life transition. In fact, did you know that, statistically, couples report the lowest rates of marital satisfa...

Posted on June 26, 2019 at 2:24 PM by Rachel Riley Fancher

NPN members get 5% off Camp GEMS

*PARENT PERK BY CAMP GEMS*

There’s still time to secure a spot at Camp GEMS, a six-week summer day camp designed and organized by teachers at GEMS World Academy Chicago. Our camp offers the perfect way to keep children’s minds and bodies active this summer! Campers will create art, learn about food and clothing from other cultures, attend neighborhood festivals, enjoy live music/theater events and explore different parts of the city. Our programming closely aligns with the Internation...

Posted on June 25, 2019 at 7:00 AM

NPN members save on summer camp at Merry Music Makers

*PARENT PERK BY MERRY MUSIC MAKERS*

Designed to introduce children to the world of sound, Summer Jam is an enriching, playful camp that offers engaging hands-on experiences with instruments and delves into the music of our culture and others from around the globe. Kids ages 4 to 8 explore music through movement, games, crafts, songs, books and demonstrations by professional musicians.

Each morning session has a different weekly focus:

Our Orchestra: Explore symphonic music by be...

Posted on June 11, 2019 at 12:05 PM

Things to do with dads and kids in Chicago on Father's Day

Fathers are often the overshadowed parent when it comes to how we honor them. But lest we forget, there are so many dads, poppas and other positive male role models that deserve recognition.

Father’s Day is more than giving your favorite guy in your life a new tie or other gender-based gifts; it’s for showing honor to the men who have a genuine and nurturing presence in the lives of those who cherish them. Here is a list of innovative, fun and nonconforming ideas to honor all the fathe...

Posted on June 05, 2019 at 11:58 AM by Keisha Mathew

How to make potty training your toddler fun. Yes, fun.

So your child is about to begin this huge stage of independent self-care and you have a million questions. Are they ready? Are you ready? Is it going to be a complete disaster? Will they cry? Will you?

On the flip side, there’s the glory of no more diapers. Ever. Think of all the saved money you can stash away in that college fund. Not to mention, you really need a break. Plus, most preschools won’t let you drop off a kid who isn’t fully potty trained.

Clearly, this has to happen. Y...

Posted on June 04, 2019 at 1:13 PM by Crystal Clair