NPN members get a free week of daycare at Ladybug & Friends Daycare and Preschool

*PARENT PERK BY LADYBUG & FRIENDS DAYCARE AND PRESCHOOL*

Ladybug & Friends Daycare and Preschool is proud to offer a safe, loving environment with unique learning activities. Guided by our fun friends like Mia the Ladybug, children don’t just stay engaged – they thrive!

Our approach: Our approach is simple: Nutrition, Rest and Respect. We believe when children receive proper nutrition, rest and interact respectfully with teachers and peers, their ability to engage in play a...

Posted on July 28, 2020 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 50% off registration and first month tuition at Children's Lighthouse

*PARENT PERK BY CHILDREN'S LIGHTHOUSE*

Children's Lighthouse North Center is dedicated to providing educational childcare to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Our mission is to nurture the development of each child's full potential—intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically—in an atmosphere of safety and trust. Each member of our professional and highly trained staff is committed to standards of excellence in all aspects of educational childcare.

Our secure facility is op...

Posted on July 21, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Anxious about the upcoming school year? Here's how to ease your child's fears—and yours.

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As the new school year approaches amid the Covid pandemic, we all find ourselves approaching it with a heightened sense of apprehension with a new normal of social interaction. The previous school year concluded with distance learning and parents temporarily thrust into educator roles and many are anxiously wondering what will happen this fall. It’s impossible to know what the future holds, and with no clear roadmap, parents who have been managi...

Posted on July 15, 2020 at 10:55 AM by Ritamaria Laird

NPN members get 12% off Brick Loot Box subscription

*PARENT PERK BY BRICK LOOT*

Brick Loot, a family-run company, is dedicated to toy brick enthusiasts of all ages. We specialize in unique monthly subscription boxes, custom LED lighting kits for LEGO sets, custom LEGO sets, custom brick sets, and custom LEGO mini-figures for individuals and corporations.

Brick Loot Box subscribers receive a Brick Loot Box every month filled with 4-8 items – each month’s theme and contents inside are a surprise! Included in every box are unique and e...

Posted on July 14, 2020 at 7:00 AM

5 tips for bringing back the partner in your partnership during Covid

Even in the best of times, being great at both parenting and partnership requires deft maneuvering. Throw in a global pandemic, and many of the struggles two-parent households are experiencing shine in glaringly bright light. 

But it’s possible this time could forever redefine our roles in the home and our relationships with our partners. Simply put, sheltering-in-place together has answered the question around what we do in a day. We’ve always juggled a lot but there’s less curiosity ...

Posted on July 13, 2020 at 1:15 PM by Julia Rohan

Bring these easy-pack snacks and gear on your next family picnic

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My boys and I want to spend every waking minute outside in the summer, and that includes meals. Picnics are a favorite activity and over the years we have become alfresco experts. With a little planning, you too can enjoy the great outdoors and some great food, too.

I like to keep these essentials in my picnic basket so we’re ready to go:

Picnic blanket. In my opinion, you have to go big here. A large, water-resistant blanket made for this...

Posted on June 23, 2020 at 9:24 AM by Heather Reid

Pelvic floor exercises new moms can do at home

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Pelvic floor strengthening is a great way for new moms to improve symptoms of urinary leaking or low back/pelvic pain. Plus, they can be done anywhere! Before you jump right into exercises, let’s learn a little about the pelvic floor. 

Your pelvic floor is a group of muscles that span your pelvis and act to support your organs, maintain normal bowel and bladder function (going when you want to—not leaking when you don’t want to!), and sexual funct...

Posted on June 17, 2020 at 12:17 PM by Nicole wodka

How to celebrate kids' birthdays while social distancing

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With a new vocabulary that includes “shelter in place” and “social distancing,” get-togethers seem destined to remain a little different for a while. But that doesn’t mean we can’t mark the special occasions—we just need to re-imagine how we celebrate them.

[RELATED: No-gift party ideas]

Virtual parties
If you’re uncomfortable meeting up in person just yet—given that keeping kids apart is a challenge—virtual parties can solve the proble...

Posted on June 17, 2020 at 11:22 AM by Fiona Royer

NPN members get 20% off residential real estate closing legal fees at Campbell Long

*PARENT PERK BY CAMPBELL LONG*

Attorneys Cindy Campbell and Joanna Long work with many NPN families to buy and sell their homes, set up wills and trusts, probate, 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 provide excellent service for our clients for years to come.

The process is geared to be easy and convenient. We offer completely remote meeting...

Posted on June 16, 2020 at 2:23 PM

NPN members get 15% off estate planning at GQ Law

*PARENT PERK BY GQ LAW*

As a parent, Jennifer knows it’s essential to plan for the future– whether you are expecting your first child or sending your kids away to college.  Now is the perfect time to make a plan that gives you peace of mind.

GQ Law focuses on helping parents plan for the future with a comprehensive, customized estate plan.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with Gov. Pritzker’s Executive Orders, GQ Law is offering remote estate planning services at no ...

Posted on June 09, 2020 at 7:00 AM