NPN members get 15% off STEAM summer camp for girls

*PARENT PERK BY INSPIRE GIRLS ACADEMY*

 

Inspire Girls Academy in partnership with Design Dance presents Inspire STEAM! This is an engaging summer day camp for girls 5-8 years old with fun-filled real-world exploration that opens their eyes to the world around them. STEAM concepts are discovered daily as a way of thinking, approaching problems, experimenting and finding solutions.

The girls will engage in weekly projects that range from how to harness the power to explore differe...

Posted on March 27, 2018 at 7:00 AM

How STEM camps fill summer learning gaps

*SPONSORED POST BY ID TECH*

You’re familiar with summer brain drain, right? Perhaps your community calls it "the summer slide" or chooses to combat it with programs boasting “summer brain gain,” or other fun plays on words. 

No matter how you refer to the phenomenon, it’s real. And when it comes to STEM, it’s a lot more prevalent than you may have originally thought. With such “summer learning loss,” kids leave school to enjoy their time off, and in doing so, leave their textbooks a...

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 8:35 AM

NPN members get 15% off estate planning at Cindy K. Campbell Law

*PARENT PERK BY CINDY K. CAMPBELL LAW*

The Law Offices of Cindy K. Campbell is offering 15% off of flat fee estate planning services now through May 15, 2018. 

Cindy K. Campbell works with many NPN families in Chicago helping to set up wills and trusts, working with estate administration, guardianships, 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 ser...

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 7:00 AM

This is how to parent without guilt or anger & more 1-2-3 Magic tips

Anyone who is a parent knows that the job is tough. Really tough. If we moms and dads were really honest with ourselves, we'd have to admit that we had almost no idea what we were getting into when we brought that first baby home.

The old saying about kids not coming with a training manual is true. And the problem of "What do I do with this kid?" is intensified for parents in our contemporary rush-rush, worry-worry world. The problem is that when parents don't quite know what they're d...

Posted on March 18, 2018 at 7:07 AM by Thomas Phelan

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

*SPONSORED POST BY NEIGHBORHOODS.COM*

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