How modern families can buy life insurance

*SPONSORED POST BY LADDER*

As a parent, one of the most important things you can do for your family is get some basic life insurance on the books. This gives your family a buffer in case of emergency and gives you some much-needed peace of mind.  

But the process of buying life insurance can be complex. Getting covered can take longer than expected, even for the most well-organized mom or dad.  Case in point: according to LIMRA, a life insurance research association, 93% of American...

Posted on January 03, 2018 at 11:32 AM

Setting personal goals is even more important when you're a parent

It was a Sunday afternoon last month and I found myself doing something I rarely get the chance to do: laying on the living room couch in a silent house. With our young son asleep in the other room, I was mindlessly flipping channels looking for something, anything, to keep my mind off the fact I had no workout planned. For the previous six months, I started every day looking at my workout log and preparing myself to meet that day's challenge. I followed that routine as close as the rest ...

Posted on January 03, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Matt Beardmore

NPN members step up with Lurie Children's Hospital

*PARENT PERK BY LURIE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL*

 

Imagine you and your child reaching new heights together. Alongside countless families, you can achieve a new milestone together by climbing on January 28, 2018, at the 21st Annual Aon Step Up For Kids.

Register today to climb the Aon Center, one of Chicago’s tallest buildings, while raising money for the 173,000 patients treated each year at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago! The climb is an inspirational, ...

Posted on January 02, 2018 at 7:00 AM

The most popular NPN blog posts and forum threads of 2017

And you thought 2016 was tumultuous. 

The twists and turns of 2017 nearly gave us whiplash, from the impressive academic growth at CPS to its CEO's demise, to, well, nearly everything that happened in the U.S. government this year. Through it all, NPN members led lively discussions on these topics and many others, while our blog represented parent voices on perennial issues such as mind-numbing school commutes to potty-training. 

Here are the top NPN blog posts and forum threads of ...

Posted on December 27, 2017 at 12:00 PM by Laura Baginski

Holiday activities in Chicago for special-needs kids

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, our special kiddos can get lost in the "sensory-overload shuffle" and may not feel very festive. Here are a couple of suggestions to keep parents and kids full of the holiday spirit.

A sensory-friendly version of A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre offers lower sound levels, the house lights left on and the opportunity for kids to walk around as much as they please. The theatre is also providing a designated area to retreat for those...

Posted on December 11, 2017 at 10:50 AM by Evelyn Perez-Horita

NPN members get 40% off Field Museum membership

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A Field Museum membership supports one of the world’s finest museums and gives you many benefits to be enjoyed throughout the year. With an encyclopedic collection of cultural objects and biological specimens, The Field Museum is a place to visit again and again. Members enjoy free admission 364 days a year,* discounted tickets to special exhibitions, free coat check, reciprocal membership to 200+ museums, a special Members' Night, as well as a 10% discoun...

Posted on December 05, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Helping your anxious child handle homework

Children are receiving homework as young as the kindergarten age, and some students report spending up to six hours a night on it. Many kids learn how to cope and manage the homework load, but what about children with anxiety? Anxiety negatively impacts concentration, inhibits learning, and can make it difficult for an anxious child to display her true knowledge and grasp of the material. Following are a few anxiety-ridden scenarios and how to help.

Anxiety: “My logical, problem-solvin...

Posted on November 30, 2017 at 9:17 AM by Ritamaria Laird

Why kids lie, and why it's okay

“Rachel did it,” I insisted, at three years old, when my parents asked why there was blue ink on our ecru walls and white couch. I was informing them that my sister, their devious daughter, was to blame. After a booming count to three (my father’s timeframe to “come clean”), I was punished for vandalism—and lying.

As a child psychologist, I ask parents to list the concerns they have about their child. Although they may report behaviors such as yelling, hitting, or throwing tantrums, th...

Posted on November 28, 2017 at 9:48 AM by David Meyerson

Your school should be helping your child with behavior challenges

Now that it's fall, the days are getting shorter and the honeymoon period for your child’s return to school has ended. Maybe you've begun to receive calls and e-mails from teachers and school administrators that your child is not following directions, is being disruptive in class, or is struggling generally. The school district may also be mentioning possible disciplinary action toward your child. You know that your child needs help, but what can you ask for and what are your child’s righ...

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 12:14 PM by Lara Cleary

How working moms can get involved with their child's school

As a mom of a rambunctious 3½-year-old girl and super-active 6-year-old boy and working full-time as a partner in family law, I’m often told that I “do it all.” The seemingly praiseworthy concept, while flattering, in no way rids me of mother’s guilt that plagues many of us who work outside the home. At all hours of the day, thoughts of "What experience did I miss out on today?" will creep across my desk, like when my son tells me about a class celebration that I had to miss due to a clie...

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 9:05 AM by Katy Mickelson