This summer, let your child be bored

Do you find yourself already planning your child’s summer? Are you anxious at the thought of hearing those three words, “Mom, I’m bored!”? Do you feel like your child has to be busy and engaged in social activities all the time otherwise they get into trouble or display negative behaviors?

Believe it or not, boredom is beneficial. In a day and age where we are accustomed to little wait time, instant gratification, and constant visual entertainment, it is no wonder that our children do ...

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 11:53 AM by Erica Hornthal

NPN members save 15% on summer camps at Emerald City Theatre

*PARENT PERK BY EMERALD CITY THEATRE*

Join Emerald City Theatre for a summer of singing, dancing, and creative play tailored to your budding performer! Each day of ECT’s Summer Camp gives your child the opportunity to improve life skills while practicing teamwork and building confidence. Young performers play theater games, learn acting skills, and meet new friends, all while preparing for a performance for friends and family on the last day of camp! Beginning June 3, ECT features a h...

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Chicago's best beaches for babies

Photo: Megan Backes

Having a little one shouldn’t stop you from getting out and soaking up the rays. Here’s a roundup of some of the best sandlots around the city that are perfect for baby’s first trip to the beach. Stock your diaper bag with swim diapers and sunscreen, and get ready to introduce baby to Lake Michigan!

Great for South Siders
Margaret T. Burroughs (31st Street) Beach
3100 S. Lake Shore Drive
Burroughs Beach stretches from 31st Street to 26th Street and offers amaz...

Posted on May 23, 2019 at 3:17 PM by Sitaara Jones

Where to eat outside in Chicago with your kids

Photo: Waterfront Cafe

It’s the first 70-degree day in months and you have visions of a perfect outdoor dining experience with the fam. There’s no time to research in between playdates, soccer matches and diaper changes. But we’ve got you covered thanks to crowdsourced recs from trusted parents. These dining dreams promise good food, great patios and enough room for the whole clan. In a city that loves to eat, narrowing the list to a few is challenging, but here’s our best effort for f...

Posted on May 22, 2019 at 11:01 AM by Rebekah Pajak

NPN members get $200 off Summer City Adventures camp

*PARENT PERK BY SUMMER CITY ADVENTURES*

Come join us at Summer City Adventures, where our campers are provided with the opportunity to imagine, explore, build lasting friendships, and most importantly, have a blast! Our campers participate in a new adventure each day! Summer City Adventures allows our campers to discover Chicago, and interact with one another through city excursions, team building, and service learning projects.

Summer City Adventures includes four weeks filled wit...

Posted on May 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Preschool vs. pre-k: What's the difference?

As summer nears, families across Chicago inevitably start to ask themselves if their child should go to preschool or pre-kindergarten. If they are currently enrolled in an early childhood program, they start to wonder if they need to find a pre-kindergarten program when their child turns three, leaving their current program even if they are happy there.

In a city full of early childhood options, it’s no surprise that families find themselves asking this question as they start to think ...

Posted on May 14, 2019 at 1:36 PM by Creative Scholars Preschool

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

*PARENT PERK BY THE LAW OFFICES OF CINDY K. CAMPBELL*

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 we can build relationships and continue to serve our clients for years to come.

The process is geared to be easy and convenient. We work with all income lev...

Posted on May 14, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Mother's Day ideas for Chicago moms

Moms are incredibly resilient and inspiring. We play instrumental roles in shaping the lives of our children. The communities we live in rely on us and our dedication. Our households function under the faith that we’ll always be there to maintain order (or at least the perception of order!). It’s no question that we are the backbones of our families.

These are just some of the many reasons why there is a national holiday for us! Every generation of moms inspires the next, just like the...

Posted on May 09, 2019 at 9:18 AM by Keisha Mathew

To the moms running on fumes, this is how to refill the tank

Mom, have you ever had the feeling that you are running on fumes? Has your tank ever felt empty already when you were waking up in the morning? Have you gone to bed with your mind racing with all the things you need to get done the next day only to be in a twilight sleep the entire night and wake up as tired as you were when you first went to bed?

If you are like most moms, you have probably felt like this on more than one occasion. If you are a normal mom, you have probably felt like ...

Posted on May 09, 2019 at 9:04 AM by Nicole Walker

NPN members get 5% off Camp GEMS

*PARENT PERK BY CAMP GEMS*

Camp GEMS, a summer day camp designed and organized by teachers at GEMS World Academy Chicago, offers the perfect way to keep children’s minds and bodies active this summer! Programming closely aligns with the International Baccalaureate framework in place at the school and is inspired by one of GEMS students’ favorite parts of school: Field Studies! Campers will create art, learn about food and clothing from other cultures, attend neighborhood festivals, en...

Posted on May 07, 2019 at 7:00 AM