CPS preschool options you can apply for now

As you are researching preschools for your little one and weighing your options, did you know that Chicago Public Schools offers many part-time, and now even some full-day, school-based and affordable preschool programs at select CPS schools across the city? Perhaps more importantly, if you thought you missed the preschool application boat for next fall, it’s not too late to apply for a seat in this program for the 2018-2019 school year.

It’s called Chicago Early Learning (CEL), former...

Posted on May 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM by Chicago School GPS

NPN members get discount on estate planning at GQ Law

*PARENT PERK BY GQ LAW*

 

The Law Office of Jennifer Guimond-Quigley focuses on helping parents plan for the future with a comprehensive and customized estate plan, accomplishing the important things such as naming guardians for those precious little ones and designating a fiduciary to provide financial oversight.  

With their estate plan, clients can expect to receive the following:

A planning meeting to discuss goals and objectives and to determine how those will be rea...

Posted on May 15, 2018 at 7:00 AM

5 rules for traveling with caregivers and kids

I must admit: I never thought I would travel with childcare. That was a luxury that never entered my mind until we hosted our first au pair over four years ago. One of the premises of the au pair program is the cultural exchange between the family and au pair so it was a natural fit to let her explore the USA with us. Now, having taken more trips with our au pairs over the years than I can count, I must say it is a huge relief to have an extra set of hands around while navigating the stre...

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 4:49 PM by Marcie Wolbeck

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