How to handle back-to-school transitions & separation anxiety

As a kid, I loved buying supplies for the new school year, picking out my outfit for the first day and wondering what my new teacher would be like. Not all children feel the same way as I did (including my own) and many start feeling worried about the transition. Whether your child is starting school for the first time or is just one of those kids who struggles with new routines, here are some suggestions for how to make the back-to-school transition go a little more smoothly.

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Posted on August 14, 2017 at 9:09 AM by Julie Safranski

Focus on mistakes to help your child learn

If you are the parent of a child who is struggling with learning and/or attention and you are not getting support, answers or a plan of action from the school, you are not alone. Approximately 20% of school-aged children face some learning challenge during their academic careers. That’s 10 million children in the U.S. alone!

Many children, especially those without a diagnosis or clear-cut, identified challenge, are often not given the necessary support for their learning needs in the s...

Posted on August 08, 2017 at 1:18 PM by Heather Bragg

When parents fight on the playground

It was Father’s Day morning, so I took our 13-month-old to the park for a little father-son bonding. It was early, so I was surprised to see a few families already camped out near our favorite pieces of equipment. What I wasn’t surprised to see was one mom with a phone pressed against her ear and paying little to no attention to her young son. If you’ve read my blog, you know one of my pet peeves is parents focusing on their phones instead of their children, so the sight of this woman on ...

Posted on August 02, 2017 at 2:18 PM by Matt Beardmore

NPN parents: Get 15% off at Language Stars

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Language Stars provides play-based world language classes for kids ages 1-12! Each of our native-speaking teachers uses FunImmersion®, which includes games, songs and fun activities to provide cultural and language enrichment. Whether this is your child’s first language experience or they already have been exposed to a world language, our play-based interactions in a full-immersion environment will allow your child to build their language skills the...

Posted on August 01, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Things to do in Chicago neighborhood Bronzeville with your kids

Photo: Enjoying the food at Pearl's Place in Bronzeville

Hello, neighborhood explorers! Last time, I left you with a template to use each time you go visit a new neighborhood: Try to plan three things: one inside, one outside and one that involves food.

Today, I’m excited to tell you about a neighborhood I love to visit: Bronzeville!

Located along the lake just south of the Loop, Bronzeville is a cultural mega-center for art, music, architecture, and a vivid celebration of the ...

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 1:35 PM by Kathleen Dragan

NPN parents: Get free registration at Cultural Care Au Pair

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If you need a change in childcare, then Cultural Care Au Pair might be the right fit for you! Choosing childcare is no easy decision. Because as parents, we don’t ever want to compromise on quality, flexibility and trust when finding care for the most important people in the world. Hosting a Cultural Care au pair gives thousands of families across the country those very important benefits. We invite you to learn more about who our au pairs ...

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 7:00 AM

NPN parents: Get free week of care at Lilypad

 

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Lilypad Nursery + Preschool is thrilled to be bringing our Montessori-inspired early childhood education center to the West Loop. What does it mean to be Montessori-inspired? It means that our toddler and pre-primary classrooms follow the traditional Montessori structure with five learning areas: Sensorial, Practical Life, Language Arts, Mathematics & Cultural Studies. We also recruit and employ certified Montessori teachers ...

Posted on July 11, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Join us at the Chicago Baby Show August 26 and 27!

 

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The 1st Annual Chicago Baby Show is coming to Navy Pier on August 26 & 27. No other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from Chicago and neighboring counties, seeking a family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, big giveaways, and lots of learning, support, bonding, and fun as you make your way into parenthood.

In its size and quality–but mostly in the mix of all its spec...

Posted on July 06, 2017 at 1:25 PM

6 ways to teach your child a foreign language this summer

Worried your child might be losing her immersion language skills over the summer? Are you teaching your family language and eager to find new ways to connect your child to your family language? Parents of children learning other languages, whether through school, nannies or family, will find these ideas helpful to give their kids critical language exposure and support their development this summer.


Get books! You can find bilingual books and books in world languages at your local...

Posted on July 06, 2017 at 10:26 AM

Surviving summer with your special-needs child

Photo: Evelyn Perez-Horita

I have an 8 ½-year-old little girl, Lia (pictured, above), who has been diagnosed with severe intellectual disabilities, sensory processing disorder, autism and hypotonia, and is non-verbal. I do not, nor will I ever, claim to be the resident expert in any given field except when it comes to knowing my own kiddo. With that said, I know how frustrated and bored my little darling is going to be this first week of summer vacation. My husband and I had to figure ...

Posted on July 06, 2017 at 9:35 AM by Evelyn Perez-Horita