How to co-parent during the coronavirus pandemic

Co-parenting can be complicated enough without additional factors that throw a wrench into the system you and your co-parent have developed. The presence of coronavirus will alter the way that you co-parent. Here are some tips on how to be successful co-parents while dealing with coronavirus. 

Stick with the routine where you can. During this stressful time, there will be adjustments that have to be made. However, it is important to keep consistency in the places that you can. Child...

Posted on June 03, 2020 at 2:18 PM by Erin Wilson

In-person summer camps still happening in Chicago

There's no doubt about it: Summer in Chicago will look a lot different this year. But before you start panic-purchasing inflatable pools and water guns, take a look at these summer camps that are still planning on having in-person camps. Of course, in this COVID-altered world, things can change—camps may reconfigure their schedules or cancel altogether. But for now, check out these camps that are adhering to city safety guidelines for in-person gatherings.

[Not ready for in-person camp...

Posted on June 03, 2020 at 1:35 PM by Laura Baginski

Online resources for COVID-19 quarantine


Now that schools are canceled through the rest of the year, the reality has sunk in: the more options for virtual resources, the better. New: Check out our list of virtual summer camps!

Following is an ongoing list of online activities for kids of all ages. All are free unless otherwise noted. Check back often! We'll be updating this post as we get more information*.

Meanwhile, if you'd like to join COVID-19 conversations about everything from e-learning to what to make for din...

Posted on June 03, 2020 at 8:00 AM by Lauren Viera

NPN members pay no application fee at Urban Prairie Waldorf School


Urban Prairie Waldorf School is a progressive, inclusive pre-k through 8th grade school located minutes from downtown Chicago, educating and preparing students to be responsible global citizens. 

Our education lights the fires of enthusiasm, creates a sense of agency in the world, offers teaching that is an art form based on love for the children, and fosters a community of mutual support and conscious parenting.

We innovate on the 1...

Posted on June 02, 2020 at 7:00 AM

How to handle pandemic behavior


Stomping, slamming, screaming, tears, tantrums — these may be only some of the behaviors parents are witnessing at home right now. It is not an exaggeration that times are very hard for families; parents are doing their best to juggle their lives amid this crisis. But when children are acting out, it only adds to the impossibility of the moment. What can parents do to lead to a happier household? Be S.M.A.R.T.

Stay Positive

In difficult situ...

Posted on May 07, 2020 at 8:00 AM by Kelly Perez

Will my relationship survive this virus?

Many of us are in a relationship that was already taxed before being quarantined and ordered to stay at home — for the foreseeable future. Some of you are in the process of divorce and now that courts have halted, you are feeling stuck. Others with children are now having to work even more as a team, which was already difficult pre-Covid19. 

This isn’t easy. 

More time together in a pressure cooker of tight spaces and new stresses is rough. Maybe your partner has some really annoyin...

Posted on April 30, 2020 at 8:00 AM by Crystal Clair

NPN members receive a free inspection with home purchase


Has quarantine made you consider the Western Suburbs? Now is a great time to explore and learn the area!

Right now, an on the ground suburban agent, who is in tune with the current market, and will be your resource and partner, is crucial to navigating this unique housing market. 

Nichole Veihman, local La Grange agent and past city resident, is passionate about helping people understand the Western Suburbs of Chicago. Her tour is des...

Posted on April 28, 2020 at 7:00 AM

NPN get 15% off ABA therapy at Stive ABA Consultants


Strive ABA Consultants is dedicated to  providing evidence-based treatment in order to proactively breakthrough the  barriers of autism and other developmental disabilities. We strive to implement comprehensive strategies of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to become catalysts for change while embracing each individual’s full potential.

Strive ABA  Consultants LLC is made up of highly skilled behavior specialists who  promote behav-ior change ...

Posted on April 07, 2020 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 5% off Camp GEMS


Secure a spot at Camp GEMS, a six-week summer day camp designed by GEMS World Academy Chicago. Our camp offers the perfect way to keep children’s minds and bodies active this summer! Campers will create art, learn about food and clothing from other cultures, attend neighborhood festivals, enjoy live music/theater events and explore different parts of the city. Our programming closely aligns with the International Baccalaureate framework in place at ...

Posted on March 31, 2020 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 33% off the application fee at Chicago City Day School


For nearly 40 years, Chicago City Day School has been preparing young people to be leaders in an increasingly complex world. We are an independent private school serving students in junior kindergarten through grade 8. We challenge students with a rigorous academic program, and we inspire them with a compassionate approach to learning. The School’s curriculum emphasizes public speaking, world languages, technology & design, and a commitment...

Posted on March 24, 2020 at 7:00 AM