Raising a Black autistic boy in America

As the doctor held up our firstborn, the feeling of joy and overwhelming love was quickly followed by a heavy pit in our stomachs. My husband and I looked at each other and without words, we both had the same feelings and thoughts: While we were so happy, we also knew that raising a Black boy in America is a daunting task. Fast-forward two years and the words, “We recommend your child receive the diagnosis of Autism,” shattered our world. All of a sudden, we now had to raise a Black autis...

Posted on January 04, 2021 at 12:46 PM by Tareema Jean-Baptiste

For young kids, technology should be like ice cream: a sometimes food

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Children are now using media at very young ages. Touchscreen phones or tablets make swiping, tapping, and clicking easy enough for even a 1-year-old to manipulate. Voice-activated speakers allow children to request their favorite songs with simple language commands, and an endless amount of content seems to be at their tiny little fingertips. Add streaming networks, YouTube, video chatting and child-directed apps to the mix, and it becomes clear tha...

Posted on December 16, 2020 at 2:08 PM by Erikson Institute

7 tips for parents of young kids navigating COVID-19

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The devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to mount as parents, caregivers, and families across the country navigate unprecedented challenges. Anxiety and uncertainty have become the norm, and as pandemic fatigue sets in, parents are grappling with ways to support their children’s healthy development and help them cope. 

At Erikson Institute, a graduate school specializing in child development, our mantra is “relationships, relat...

Posted on November 25, 2020 at 2:28 PM by Erikson Institute

NPN members get 40% off home learning resources at The Critical Thinking Child


Serving Chicago since 2012, The Critical Thinking Child helps parents support their children through engaging, hands-on puzzles, picture books, and more. Our online store has dozens of easy-to-use resources for your child that are fun, play-based, and endlessly entertaining. A perfect holiday gift, your child will have so much fun they won’t realize how much they’re learning!

Our tools help young learners with concepts like: 

●    Spa...

Posted on November 17, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Self-care during Covid: Creating your own pandemic slowdown

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Looking back at the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, as much as I was telling myself that everything was OK, I was dealing with my own internal panic:

I can’t go to Trader Joe’s anymore because they don’t do Instacart. Eek.
I am going to have to live with Instacart never getting my grocery order right. Eek!
I am not going to get any work done because I will have to share my workday schedule’s blocks of free time to homeschool. Eek.

Posted on October 29, 2020 at 7:08 AM by Nicole Walker

A pediatrician's guide to keeping your kids and community safe from flu and Covid-19

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Every patient encounter I have these days ends with the question, “So, doc, what should I do about my child going to daycare or school?” The question is general, and yet very personal. Each family has to weigh the risks and benefits, the costs both financial and emotional, and the balance of work and child safety that affect them. While this is an individual decision, each family is part of a community; at this time, more than ever, each family has to share ...

Posted on October 27, 2020 at 2:03 PM by Anita Chandra-Puri

NPN members pay no registration fee at Everbrook Academy Lincoln Park


We support 21st-century learners and their families. It starts by following CDC guidance for a healthy, safe environment. And we keep you connected with WatchMeGrow, live streaming video of your child's classroom; plus regular updates with our brightwheel mobile app.  

Here STEAM brings the world into every classroom, through hands-on learning in Science, Technology Engineering, the Arts and Math, as we prepare children for elementary school. 


Posted on October 27, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Help your kids capture memories of this strange year

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My family isn't counting the days, weeks or even the months anymore, but we are counting the memories.

What began as a couple of weeks holed up at home could have morphed into a lost year. Instead, we chose to begin each day with the question, What memories are we creating today? Capturing those memories—both joyous and challenging—has become central to our daily lives. Here are some easy ways you can help your kids record feelings and milestones s...

Posted on October 20, 2020 at 1:49 PM by Fiona Royer

NPN members get $25 off Indoor Soccer League at West Loop Soccer Club


SAFETY FIRST! Our programs aim to provide safe and inclusive environment for all children wishing to stay active and play soccer during the long winter months. The indoor season will start on November 9 and end on March 27. Practices will take place at ChiTown Futbol (2343 S Throop St, Chicago, IL 60608) on Fridays 5–6pm and Sundays 9–10am. WLSC will follow all testing and prevention protocols including mandatory temperature check, personal prote...

Posted on October 20, 2020 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 15% off Wills & Trusts at Campbell Long


Attorneys Cindy Campbell and Joanna Long work with many NPN families to buy and sell their homes, set up wills and trusts, probate, 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 continue to provide excellent service for our clients for years to come.

The process is geared to be easy and convenient. We offer completely remote meeting...

Posted on October 13, 2020 at 7:00 AM