How I did my Chicago preschool search

So, you think this fall is the right time to start preschool?

If your child is three and potty trained, you’re ready to catch a ride on the pre-kindergarten rollercoaster that will decide who your parental friends are, whether or not you should move, where your child will grow up, and who their lifelong friends will be. Yes, it sounds overwhelming, but it’s never too soon to start researching.

When I thought my first little one was ready, I didn’t have any “mommy friends” to consult...

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 2:12 PM by Nikki Arana

Potty training regression: possible causes and what to do about it

While nighttime control often occurs years later, mastering daytime bladder and bowel control is a process which takes, on average, six months for a child to complete. Urine and stool accidents are common during those months and should be expected.

Toilet training regression, however, is defined as loss of these daytime skills long after the process is complete. It is understandably frustrating and concerning for parents when their child, several months diaper-free, suddenly refuses to...

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 1:12 PM by Tim Porter

3 things working moms shouldn't feel guilty about

Jill* came to see me for therapy at the end of her maternity leave. She had never experienced anxiety before and was suddenly suffering from shortness of breath, racing heart, difficulty breathing and intense feelings of guilt in anticipation of returning to work and leaving her newborn son. 

While the experiences, conditions and circumstances of working vary, many women, like Jill, experience guilt—feeling they are causing harm or doing something wrong.

Mothers often strive to meet...

Posted on May 10, 2018 at 3:52 PM by Jamie Kreiter

NPN members get 20% off at Chicago Kids Day

*PARENT PERK BY CHICAGO KIDS DAY*

Dr. Sarah Weber and Star Events are proud to be sponsoring Chicago Kids Day, a celebration of children’s health and wellness! A fun and entertaining way to educate and teach kids about health and safety. Come rain or shine under the big white tent!

WHAT: Bring your family to Chicago Kids Day!
WHEN: Sat., May 19, 2018, 10am - 1:30pm
WHERE: Chicago Mayfest Tent - 3100 N. Ashland Ave. (@ Barry)
WHO: Open to the public – kids of all ages - $10 per fa...

Posted on May 08, 2018 at 7:00 AM

4 things parents need to know before getting a will

*SPONSORED POST THE LAW OFFICES OF CINDY K. CAMPBELL*

Do you have a will? 

If your answer to this question is “no” you are definitely in the majority, especially if you are the parent of minor children. According to a recent Caring.com study, only 36 percent of parents with children under 18 have a will. But being in the majority is not a good thing. Failure to draft a will could put your family at risk, financially and possibly emotionally. 

To avoid such a situation, you should...

Posted on May 04, 2018 at 4:05 PM

Kids with special needs in private schools can get services. Here's how.

As special education attorneys, we frequently receive calls from parents who want to know whether their children with special needs are entitled to any services or accommodations at private schools. Unlike students in public schools, students with disabilities in private schools are generally not entitled to an IEP under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), however, there are a few options available that parents may want to explore.  

Individual Service Plans: The ID...

Posted on May 01, 2018 at 10:52 AM by Lara Cleary

Chicago date-night ideas that go beyond dinner and drinks

If you're like me, date nights look something like this: drinks, dinner, repeat. My husband and I rarely plan ahead, opting to snag an OpenTable reservation somewhere interesting mere hours before the sitter arrives. A few weeks ago this consisted of an incredibly lucky last-minute opening at Parachute, followed by drinks at Ludlow Liquors. If you wind up at Parachute, don't miss its famous Bing Bread—crispy on the outside and loaded with potato, bacon and scallion. Slather on the sour cr...

Posted on April 26, 2018 at 5:03 PM by Jill Morowitz

NPN's Online Silent Auction guide to bidding

NPN's biggest fundraiser of the year, which allows us to continue to bring programming, events and school-choice help to Chicago parents, opens for bidding on Wednesday, April 18! Open to the public, our Online Silent Auction is bigger and better than ever, with nearly 500 items up for bid. 

Once you've had a chance see our $90,000+ in goodies for Chicago families, make sure to place bids asap! We know how crazy life can get—set your max bid and rest easy. You can stop back in and visi...

Posted on April 16, 2018 at 7:08 AM

What to expect from CPS notification letters

For Chicago parents who have applied for Chicago Public School seats at Open Enrollment, Magnet, Magnet Cluster and Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools for the 2018-2019 school year, the countdown is underway for the CPS notification date. Let the nail-biting begin!

Notification letters for preK–eighth grade will be released the afternoon of April 27. An email and a robocall will be sent to the contact information on the student’s online application file with directions on how to a...

Posted on April 12, 2018 at 12:06 AM by Chicago School GPS

NPN members get 50% off summer nanny placement fee

*PARENT PERK BY COLLEGE NANNIES, SITTERS + TUTORS*

Summer is just around the corner. Are your childcare plans all set? A part-time or full-time summer nanny can help make this a fun summer for your kids and make this a stress-free season for you! We do all the work to find a god match with your family. Whether for before and after camp or for full days, a summer nanny can keep the kids engaged and active.  

College Nannies Sitters + Tutors is a full-service agency that can match you...

Posted on April 03, 2018 at 7:00 AM