4 tips for managing your kids' coronavirus anxiety

The coronavirus can be scary for kids. Kids pick up on information and emotions from the adults around them, and some kids may become worried or anxious about this information. Here are some tips for how to best support your child when presented with worrisome information.

Focus on what you can control
In a society overwhelmed with news and information, worry around COVID-19 can make us feel helpless and out of control. It is hard to believe or find a way to gain some sense of action ...

Posted on March 19, 2020 at 2:07 PM by Annie McGunagle

NPN members get 5% off Camp GEMS

*PARENT PERK BY GEMS WORLD ACADEMY*

Secure a spot at Camp GEMS, a six-week summer day camp designed by GEMS World Academy Chicago. Our camp offers the perfect way to keep children’s minds and bodies active this summer! Campers will create art, learn about food and clothing from other cultures, attend neighborhood festivals, enjoy live music/theater events and explore different parts of the city. Our programming closely aligns with the International Baccalaureate framework in place at ...

Posted on March 17, 2020 at 7:00 AM

NPN members save $575 at Cultural Care Au Pair

*PARENT PERK BY CULTURAL CARE AU PAIR*

Discover the joys of hosting an au pair! Cultural Care Au Pair is the largest au pair program in the country, with more than 30 years of experience empowering successful cultural exchanges with American host families and au pairs from more than 25 countries.

What is an au pair? An au pair is an educated young person from abroad who lives with you in your home for up to two years, cares for your children and becomes a part of your family.

Fle...

Posted on March 10, 2020 at 7:00 AM

A Chicago pediatrician answers your questions about coronavirus

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Like many people around the world, our parent members have countless questions about COVID-19, an illness caused by a new coronavirus strain that has led to thousands of deaths worldwide and spurred the cancelation of major events such as South by Southwest in Austin and trade shows in Chicago—not to mention some area schools. Parents hoping to find information to keep their families safe posted questions on the NPN discussion forum for Anita Chandra-Pu...

Posted on March 09, 2020 at 10:33 AM by Laura Baginski

NPN members get 15% off estate planning at The Law Office of Campbell Long

*PARENT PERK BY THE LAW OFFICE OF CAMPBELL LONG*

Attorneys Cindy Campbell and Joanna Long work 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 continue to service our clients for years to come.

The process is geared to be easy and convenient. We ...

Posted on March 03, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Should I be worried about my toddler's speech?

*SPONSORED POST BY NORTHWESTERN MEDICINE*

Northwestern researchers are working to develop easy and accurate ways for parents and pediatricians to know when toddlers who are slower to learn language could benefit from an extra boost.

Every child is different, but that doesn’t stop parents from comparing the kids at the weekly playgroup or on the playground. Some 2-year-olds are talking in full sentences, some are just using a few words and others aren’t saying anything at all.

Sh...

Posted on February 26, 2020 at 7:34 AM

Make winter in Chicago your favorite season with these fun outdoor activities

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While almost everyone I know east of the Mississippi dreads the winter, my family and I look forward to it. There is so much to do that can’t be enjoyed at any other time of year. Here are some of our favorites.

Skiing
Chicago may not have the Rockies, but it’s a great place to learn how to ski. Wilmot Mountain, on the Wisconsin border, offers plenty of beginner runs. They have a great and affordable ski school. For little more than babysitt...

Posted on February 25, 2020 at 2:20 PM by Debra Flanagan

How to keep your kids active inside

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Inactivity during winter months can have a negative effect on a family’s physical and mental health. Research has shown when kids don’t get enough activity, it could result in difficulty sleeping, behavior problems, and inattention for academic tasks. That’s why it’s important to keep your kids active all year round, especially during those long winter months. And no one understands this more than Chicagoans! To stay active while not having to leave ...

Posted on February 25, 2020 at 11:56 AM by Rose McLean

NPN members get 10% off tuition at Chicago Grammar School

*PARENT PERK BY CHICAGO GRAMMAR SCHOOL*

Chicago Grammar School - where the traditional meets the progressive! CGS combines the richness of a classical curriculum with the latest engaging teaching practices. 

Chicago Grammar School is a private, PS-8, independent school, established to provide children with the essence of a classical liberal arts and sciences education. The CGS motto, Sapere Aude – Dare to Know, captures Chicago Grammar School’s commitment and dedication to educate ...

Posted on February 25, 2020 at 7:00 AM

NPN members save $15 off camps at Lillstreet Art Center

*PARENT PERK BY LILLSTREET ART CENTER*

Lillstreet is proud to host the widest variety of multimedia art camps offered in Chicago! Our summer program consists of over 200 week-long summer camps for young artists ages 3–16.

We pride ourselves on our creative instructors and guided learning experiences designed to maximize each child's creativity. Each student is seen as an individual with a unique voice, and every student is taught to create fearlessly, focusing on the process of mak...

Posted on February 18, 2020 at 7:00 AM