NPN members get 10% off on Laine Too temporary tattoos

 

*PARENT PERK BY LAINE TOO*
 

Laine Too is Chicagoland's premier temporary tattoo artist and event specialist. Match your interests or party theme from our extensive list of temporary tattoo designs, airbrushing, nail art and event services. The professional artists at Laine Too bring an atmosphere of creativity and fun to birthday parties, mitzvahs, quinceaneras and more. Temporary tattoos are customizable, hypo-allergenic, and waterproof to last up to 14 days, making them the pe...

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Could your child benefit from a social group?

*SPONSORED POST BY LUMIERE CHILDREN'S THERAPY*

Social skills are more than just communicating with others; they are the ability to engage in conversation, problem-solve, recognize and relate to other’s feelings, and respect other’s differences and opinions. Social skills are the basis for friendships, and eventually the ability to succeed and keep a job. For some people, social skills do not come naturally and require time and effort to develop. 

What are social groups?
A social gr...

Posted on November 13, 2017 at 9:56 AM by Vasilikitsa Antonopoulos

When you're an introverted parent with an extroverted child

There are characteristics I hope I can pass along to my 17-month-old son—my honesty, work ethic and reliability are a few. Preferring to be in the background in social situations is not one of those characteristics. Thankfully, he doesn’t seem to be following in daddy’s footsteps in that regard as no matter whether he’s with my wife and me at music or French class, the local playground, or NPN’s Fright-Free Halloween Fest, he always seems to be in the middle of the action, chatting with a...

Posted on November 08, 2017 at 12:57 PM by Matt Beardmore

15% off first lesson or birthday party at Bach to Rock

 

*PARENT PERK BY BACH TO ROCK*

Bach to Rock is a music school that offers private and group lessons and classes for all ages and ability levels. Using B2R’s unique teaching method, kids and adults learn to play their favorite songs in no time!

Learn guitar, piano, drums, voice, violin, trumpet and more! Play and learn music with your friends at a B2R birthday party or summer camp. Join a band and perform at cool venues. Learn how to become a DJ in the Beat Refinery DJ school! Gi...

Posted on November 07, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Get ahead of falling back: Preparing for Daylight Saving Time

On Sunday, November 5 at 2am, Daylight Saving Time ends—and for parents, this means a lot more than simply setting the clock back an hour.

“Time change can have a drastic impact on children, especially young children who easily become overtired,” said Mahdi Dadrass, Executive Director and Co-Founder of South Loop Montessori School. “More than just cranky moods or unpredictable temper tantrums, restlessness can drive habit-creating challenges that impede upon learning, impact social int...

Posted on October 31, 2017 at 3:07 PM

How was your day? Tips on talking to your kids about school

When you ask your kids the question, “How was school today?”, count yourself lucky if you get an “OK” or “fine.” As parents, we all want to know: Are they having fun? Are they playing nicely with others? Are they nurturing healthy relationships with their friends and peers? And the one that worries us the most, Are they eating lunch? Every day, tons of us suffer from not being able to communicate effectively with our children. As a mother of three and a parent educator, I’ve had to learn ...

Posted on October 30, 2017 at 8:46 AM by Nilmari Donate

Kindergarten readiness is the key to long-term success

Kindergarten is a pivotal year for kids and families. Leading up to the big send-off, many parents feel tremendous pressure and spend countless hours worrying about where their child will go to school, if they are making the best educational choices for their family and how they will juggle a new schedule. 

Meanwhile, kindergarten students transition from their early childhood environment—whether it’s a childcare center, preschool or at home—to a more structured approach to learning in...

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 12:02 PM by Maura Daly

NPN members get 15% off estate planning at CK Campbell Law

 

*PARENT PERK BY CINDY K. CAMPBELL LAW*

The Law Offices of Cindy K. Campbell is offering 15% off of flat fee estate planning services now through December 15, 2017. 

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 that we can build relationships and con...

Posted on October 17, 2017 at 7:00 AM

For kids with food allergies, teal is the new orange on Halloween

Photo: Denise/Flickr

For families dealing with food allergies, Halloween is more than just a tricky time of year. The trick-or-treat haul brings home the potential for an allergic reaction to something as simple as a piece of candy corn. Dairy, egg, peanuts, soy, wheat, tree nuts… the list goes on for all of the allergens hiding in those variety bags we hope to catch on sale.  

As the parent of a child recently diagnosed with four of the top eight allergens, I was really surprised b...

Posted on October 09, 2017 at 2:22 PM by Jamie Donovan

Chicago venues that cater to kids with special needs

As parents to a wonderful, energetic special needs 8-year-old, my husband and I are constantly thinking of ways to enjoy our chaotic lives as much as possible. And because our lives are anything but "normal," it’s not always easy to enjoy all the typical fun things like dining out, going to live theatre, visiting a museum or taking a vacation. We are always fearful that Lia will act out because of boredom, frustration or sensory overload. If she gets upset, it is money wasted because you ...

Posted on October 04, 2017 at 2:01 PM by Evelyn Perez-Horita