NPN parents: Get 15% off at Language Stars

*PARENT PERK BY LANGUAGE STARS*

 

Language Stars provides play-based world language classes for kids ages 1-12! Each of our native-speaking teachers uses FunImmersion®, which includes games, songs and fun activities to provide cultural and language enrichment. Whether this is your child’s first language experience or they already have been exposed to a world language, our play-based interactions in a full-immersion environment will allow your child to build their language skills the...

Posted on August 01, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Things to do in Chicago neighborhood Bronzeville with your kids

Photo: Enjoying the food at Pearl's Place in Bronzeville

Hello, neighborhood explorers! Last time, I left you with a template to use each time you go visit a new neighborhood: Try to plan three things: one inside, one outside and one that involves food.

Today, I’m excited to tell you about a neighborhood I love to visit: Bronzeville!

Located along the lake just south of the Loop, Bronzeville is a cultural mega-center for art, music, architecture, and a vivid celebration of the ...

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 1:35 PM by Kathleen Dragan

NPN parents: Get free registration at Cultural Care Au Pair

*PARENT PERK BY CULTURAL CARE AU PAIR*

 

If you need a change in childcare, then Cultural Care Au Pair might be the right fit for you! Choosing childcare is no easy decision. Because as parents, we don’t ever want to compromise on quality, flexibility and trust when finding care for the most important people in the world. Hosting a Cultural Care au pair gives thousands of families across the country those very important benefits. We invite you to learn more about who our au pairs ...

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 7:00 AM

NPN parents: Get free week of care at Lilypad

 

*PARENT PERK BY LILYPAD NURSERY + PRESCHOOL*

 

Lilypad Nursery + Preschool is thrilled to be bringing our Montessori-inspired early childhood education center to the West Loop. What does it mean to be Montessori-inspired? It means that our toddler and pre-primary classrooms follow the traditional Montessori structure with five learning areas: Sensorial, Practical Life, Language Arts, Mathematics & Cultural Studies. We also recruit and employ certified Montessori teachers ...

Posted on July 11, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Join us at the Chicago Baby Show August 26 and 27!

 

*PARENT PERK BY CHICAGO BABY SHOW*

The 1st Annual Chicago Baby Show is coming to Navy Pier on August 26 & 27. No other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from Chicago and neighboring counties, seeking a family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, big giveaways, and lots of learning, support, bonding, and fun as you make your way into parenthood.

In its size and quality–but mostly in the mix of all its spec...

Posted on July 06, 2017 at 1:25 PM

6 ways to teach your child a foreign language this summer

Worried your child might be losing her immersion language skills over the summer? Are you teaching your family language and eager to find new ways to connect your child to your family language? Parents of children learning other languages, whether through school, nannies or family, will find these ideas helpful to give their kids critical language exposure and support their development this summer.


Get books! You can find bilingual books and books in world languages at your local...

Posted on July 06, 2017 at 10:26 AM

Surviving summer with your special-needs child

Photo: Evelyn Perez-Horita

I have an 8 ½-year-old little girl, Lia (pictured, above), who has been diagnosed with severe intellectual disabilities, sensory processing disorder, autism and hypotonia, and is non-verbal. I do not, nor will I ever, claim to be the resident expert in any given field except when it comes to knowing my own kiddo. With that said, I know how frustrated and bored my little darling is going to be this first week of summer vacation. My husband and I had to figure ...

Posted on July 06, 2017 at 9:35 AM by Evelyn Perez-Horita

5 tax breaks every parent should know about

While it may feel like children require an outpouring of funds, here are several child-related tax breaks that may allow you to save some on your taxes. 

1. Dependent exemption: You are entitled to a personal exemption for each person claimed on your return. For 2017 this means you reduce your taxable income by $4,050 per exemption on your federal return and $2,175 per exemption on your Illinois return. The savings are these amounts times your tax rates. Note that the exemption phases ...

Posted on June 28, 2017 at 10:01 AM by Lisa Niser

NPN parents: Pay no enrollment fee at Butler Children's Prep

 

*PARENT PERK BY BUTLER CHILDREN'S PREP*

Proven preschool education for ages 2 to 5 comes to Chicago’s Gold Coast! Butler Children’s Prep is committed to shaping hearts and minds through an education that appreciates different learning styles and creates a safe, intimate and nurturing environment for all children to fulfill their potential.

Butler students thrive while learning, and carry on the ideals of the three Bs: to have Belief in one’s abilities, that Beauty exists in all...

Posted on June 20, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Easy ways to stay in shape when you're a new parent

Last March I attended (not by choice) the Expectant Fathers class at Prentice Hospital. During these 2 ½ hours, 15–20 fathers-to-be sat around two long tables and listened as the presenter, a pediatrician and father of two, delivered the non-edited version of how life was about to change. It was funny at times. Scary at others. Eye-opening for sure.

During one part of the session, we were presented with this question: “What are you most afraid of about becoming a father?” I could have ...

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 2:03 PM by Matt Beardmore