How to find a last-minute babysitter, fast

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We’ve all been there.

The reservations at the fancy restaurant with the mouthwatering brazed short rib and to-die-for locally brewed lager were made weeks ago. You maybe even splurged on a new outfit and got your nails done for the occasion. The baby sitter is booked and everything is ready to go.

But what’s that they say about the best-laid plans?

Even though the reservations are set and the new outfit is ready to go and the sitter will be ov...

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 7:00 AM

One simple exercise to help your kid with math homework

Your child might know what half a cookie is, but how about 4/8 of a pie, or 2/4 of a pizza? If your child knows that all of these fractions mean the same thing, she's well on her way to understanding equivalent fractions. But if fractions strike fear into your child during homework hour, here’s a hands-on way to help her understand how common fractions can be equivalent.

What you need:

8 ½ x11 plain white paper
Colored pencils
Lined notebook paper

What you do:

Begi...

Posted on April 06, 2017 at 10:34 AM

Your kid probably won't achieve your unfulfilled sports dreams

“Parents should be supportive. We can’t dictate to him what he can be and what he cannot be. So as a consequence, what we do is we participate with him in golf, and if it was bowling, we would participate with him in bowling. Each and every one of us has our own life to live. And he has a choice to live his life the way he wants to live his life.”

In this “That’s Incredible!” episode from the early ‘80s, the late Earl Woods, father of Tiger Woods, discussed the role he and his wife, K...

Posted on April 06, 2017 at 8:55 AM by Matt Beardmore

Signs of undiagnosed ADHD, anxiety & learning disorders in kids

Many parents have questions about their child’s behaviors, feelings, thoughts and academic progress. You may have asked yourself many times, Is this normal? Will my child just grow out of it? Children have robust and complex emotional worlds and they can suffer from emotional and neurodevelopmental illnesses just like adults. Here is a list of a few things to pay attention to if you are concerned about your child:   

Your gut feeling
The most significant, reliable and valid warning si...

Posted on April 05, 2017 at 7:00 AM by Matthew Hefferon

NPN members get discount on tuition and registration fee at Wee Care Preschool

*PARENT PERK BY WEE CARE PRESCHOOL*
 

For 32 years, Wee Care Preschool has served happy families within the Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods and now will be joining another wonderful community!  Wee Care Preschool announces their second location at 3826 N. Broadway and Sheridan Rd. 

Providing Infant, Toddler and Preschool Programs, this family-owned and operated school continues to be small enough that individual needs are met and goals for your family achieved.  Wee Care offers...

Posted on April 04, 2017 at 7:00 AM by Jana Kline

Your child's accomplishments shouldn't end with a Facebook post

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All parents have, at many points throughout their life, looked at their child and thought about all the great things they can become and all the amazing accomplishments they’ll complete. This is a universal sentiment that is incredibly unique to being a parent. There are other times when a different feeling hits you: that feeling of apprehension and uncertainty about the opportunities and resources you can provide. Is it enough? What are other parents doing? ...

Posted on March 30, 2017 at 10:28 AM

10 things you could do with your time and money instead of shaving

 

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Did you know that the average american woman spends over $33,000 and two entire months of her life plucking, shaving and waxing? As all busy moms surely know, it’s those few extra moments every morning that make all the difference between a hot cup of coffee and a deep breath, and absolute chaos. 

Imagine what you could do with all the time you don’t spend removing unwanted hair? Here are all the 10 things you can do with all the time and m...

Posted on March 30, 2017 at 10:06 AM

NPN members get a discount on kids' swim lessons at Goldfish

*PARENT PERK BY GOLDFISH SWIM SCHOOL*

 

Goldfish Swim School provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years old in a unique setting with highly trained instructors, small class sizes (max 4:1 student to teacher ratio), shiver-free 90-degree pools, and a state-of-the-art water purification system. Families with kids of different ages and skill levels can conveniently have all of their swimmers in the pool during the same half hour time slot and schedule makeup classes wh...

Posted on March 28, 2017 at 7:00 AM by Jana Kline

I don't cook, but I still manage to feed my kids. Here's how.

I don't cook, and I am totally envious when I see mom friends post incredible dishes they make for their kids on social media. As a result, I make impulsive purchases to acquire cooking tools that gather dust in my cabinets.

Like some mamas, I am just not interested in cooking. I enjoy it when it is an activity, an experiment, but not a task. 

Most of the people in my generation growing up in Asia have a live-in nanny or take-out is merely a block away. Also eating out is a social t...

Posted on March 23, 2017 at 9:30 AM by Charlotte Tsou

5 tips for the Developmental Differences Resource Fair

Our March 26 Developmental Differences Resource Fair brings together service providers, school options and other resources in one place that focus on serving parents of children with developmental differences (developmental delays, sensory processing disorder, autism, ADD/ADHD, PDD-NOS, mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, Down syndrome and physical disabilities). Register now to reserve your spot for this free fair!

Here are our top 5 tips to be prepared for the fair:

1. P...

Posted on March 22, 2017 at 11:29 AM by Laura Baginski