Why I'm not saving for my son's college education

It was February 2016—less than three months before our son was born—when my wife and I attended NPN’s Preparing for Parenthood: Workshops & Expo at the Erikson Institute. Among the people we spoke with during that event was someone from Bright Start College Savings. As we flipped through the pamphlets on the table separating us from this man in a bright orange shirt, he explained how 529s (“tax-advantaged savings plans that help put money toward your future student’s education” if you...

Posted on March 13, 2018 at 1:03 PM by Matt Beardmore

4 great Chicago neighborhoods for families

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There are several reasons for young families to move: a new job, more space, a desirable school district, to be near family and so on. Whatever the reason, it’s important to consider not only the home, but also the neighborhood that is best suited for your family. And while every family has distinct desires and requirements, there are some pretty compelling reasons why young families gravitate towards these four Chicago neighborhoods. 

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Posted on March 12, 2018 at 1:13 PM

5 tips for the Developmental Differences Resource Fair

On Sunday, March 11, Developmental Differences Resource Fair brings together service providers, school options and other resources in one place that focus on serving parents of children with developmental differences (developmental delays, sensory processing disorder, autism, ADHD, PDD-NOS, mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, Down syndrome and physical disabilities). Register now to reserve your spot for this free fair!

Here are our top 5 tips to be prepared for the fair:

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Posted on March 07, 2018 at 11:29 AM by Laura Baginski

NPN members get 10% off Bach to Rock summer camps

*PARENT PERK BY BACH TO ROCK*

 

Bach to Rock's unique approach makes it possible for students with no previous musical training to be rocking out with a band in a matter of hours. Bands and groups are coordinated by age, grade and/or ability level.

B2R teachers transform music instruction from a solitary activity to a joyous and exciting “team sport.” Bands or group ensembles learn a variety of classic rock and current pop songs and even compose original music.

All students ...

Posted on March 06, 2018 at 7:00 AM

4 unexpected spots for your kid's next birthday party

Birthday party planning can be stressful. I get it. I have nine-year-old twin boys and we’ve had our fair share of big, blowout birthday parties. For a few years, we invited all 60(!) of their classmates. Thankfully, our days of parties are over. Now we try to invite a few close friends for a special activity like mini-golf or Great America. If you’re just getting started with your planning, you’re in luck. I’m sharing my recommendations for the best parties I’ve planned, researched or at...

Posted on February 20, 2018 at 8:24 AM by Jill Morowitz

NPN members get 15% to 50% off at Mathnasium

*PARENT PERK BY MATHNASIUM*
 

Math, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. Mathnasium's caring instructors are head over heels in love with math, and we're not shy about shouting it from the rooftops.

Math is delightful and interesting, and we love inspiring your family with all of its beauty and wonder! We can't wait to see what we can achieve together in the spring semester ... and beyond!

From counting by 2's to preparing for AP exams, Mathnasium helps students reach t...

Posted on February 20, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Free or cheap ways to entertain your kids on winter weekends

Photo: Evelyn Perez-Horita

Is your whole family about to lose their minds to cabin fever? Don’t let it get you down! There is so much free or cheap indoor and outdoor fun to be had. Here are some activities you and your special-needs kiddo can enjoy.

Around town activities
Free museum days Adler Planetarium, Chicago Children’s Museum, dancing with the kiddos at the Chicago Cultural Center, sensory Saturday at the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium and the Chicago History Museum.
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Posted on February 15, 2018 at 2:48 PM by Evelyn Perez-Horita

NPN members get 15% off Field Museum membership

 

*PARENT PERK BY FIELD MUSEUM*

 

Give the gift of membership

A Field Museum membership supports one of the world’s finest museums and gives you many benefits to be enjoyed throughout the year. With an encyclopedic collection of cultural objects and biological specimens, The Field Museum is a place to visit again and again. Members enjoy free admission 364 days a year,* discounted tickets to special exhibitions, free coat check, reciprocal membership to 200+ museums, a special...

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Terrified of the flu? Here's what to do.

To keep your family healthy during the rest of the winter season, it’s important to keep our immune systems in tip-top shape. Here are some ways to keep your immune system boosted so those colds and flus don’t get you down.

Know what works and what doesn’t. First, understand that antibiotics are ineffective against the flu because influenza is a virus. Medications that are not effective against the flu can cause more harm than good, especially to our gut health. What do you do if you o...

Posted on February 06, 2018 at 1:10 PM by Jasmine Jafferali

NPN members: Get 20% off tuition at Chicago Grammar School

*PARENT PERK BY CHICAGO GRAMMAR SCHOOL*

Experience the Wonder of Learning at Chicago Grammar School 
Chicago Grammar School: where the traditional meets the progressive! CGS combines the richness of a classical curriculum with the latest engaging teaching practices. 

Chicago Grammar School is a private, PS-–8, independent school established to provide children with the essence of a classical liberal arts and sciences education. The CGS motto, Sapere Aude – Dare to Know, captures Ch...

Posted on February 06, 2018 at 7:00 AM