How to counter consumer culture with your kids

Another holiday season is over, leaving many with sweet memories of “joy to the world,” while for others there is a bitterness of “bah humbug.” Some of those feelings derive from the surplus of things and loved ones we were surrounded by—or not. Our materialistic culture gives us both the illusion of abundance and the pressure to replace our possessions with the latest and newest version. Our motivation to consume is to make us happier. But is that what it’s actually doing?

As a child,...

Posted on January 08, 2019 at 12:32 PM by Keisha Mathew

NPN members get 10% off enrollment fee at British International School SL

*PARENT PERK BY BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL SOUTH LOOP*

We at British International School South Loop empower students from Pre-K through Grade 12 to reach their highest potential with personalized learning. Visit us to experience what value your child receives at British International School of Chicago, South Loop as we think beyond traditional education including:

Complimentary before & after care (early years)
French and Spanish (primary)
French, Mandarin, Spanish an...

Posted on January 08, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Purge alert! Enlist the kids in sorting and donating unwanted stuff

Chicagoans don’t need to wait for spring cleaning time to come around. With months of cold, inhospitable weather, there’s plenty of time to fit in a January purge beforehand. After the abundance of the holidays and the resolutions of the New Year, this is the perfect time to clear out the old.

I enjoy this enforced home time to reassess what our family has and needs, and to get organized. However, while clearing out can seem like a great idea when you start, it can quickly become overw...

Posted on January 07, 2019 at 1:54 PM by Fiona Royer

When it comes to self-care, listen to Michelle Obama

I had the pleasure of joining thousands of other women to attend Michelle Obama's book launch event for her book, Becoming, on Nov. 13 at United Center. It was amazing! I was in awe of her story, her strength, and steadfastness to become the Michelle Obama so many of us have come to love and adore. No matter your political affiliation, you cannot deny the superpowers she displays as a daughter, wife, mom, friend and leader. A true boss! 

Ok, so now that I have finished gushing about Mi...

Posted on January 07, 2019 at 1:19 PM by Nicole Walker

NPN members get $300 off closing costs at Alcove M.D.P.

*PARENT PERK BY VERMILION / ALCOVE M.D.P.*

Alcove M.D.P. offers Wicker Park’s newest luxury condominiums and townhomes. Perfect for young families. Large condominiums with living spaces and bedrooms on a single floor makes babyproofing easy. Thoughtful floor plans with high-end finish packages that you can customize. Professionally landscaped courtyard for outdoor fun with kids. Tucked away, but steps from Chicago’s best restaurants along Milwaukee Ave and Division Street. Starting fr...

Posted on January 01, 2019 at 7:00 AM

NPN members pay no application fee at GEMS World Academy Chicago

*PARENT PERK BY GEMS WORLD ACADEMY*

GEMS World Academy Chicago is a culturally diverse school that nurtures a child’s love of learning and creativity. Our regular admissions deadline for submitting an application is Dec. 31. We will continue to accept applications on a space-available basis after the deadline.

Our master teachers exemplify excellence in the classroom. Our educators recognize the importance of inspiring students, driving industry-changing innovation as well as enric...

Posted on December 18, 2018 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 25% off a one-month premium subscription to Sittercity

*PARENT PERK BY SITTERCITY*

Sittercity has connected millions of families and sitters since 2001. Today, they’re making it even easier to find the best sitters in your neighborhood. Getting started is simple: 

1. Share your family’s needs.

2. Review responses and detailed profiles

3. Screen, interview and make your choice

A Sittercity premium membership gives you all the tools you need to find the right sitter for your family. Run background checks, message unlimited sitte...

Posted on December 11, 2018 at 7:00 AM

The International Baccalaureate: What it is and how it works

*SPONSORED POST BY GEMS WORLD ACADEMY*

The International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum framework has taken root in Chicago, with multiple public and private schools in the area offering at least one segment of the IB, and many schools considering to add it.

Those familiar with the academic programs in traditional American schools might very well wonder: What is the IB? What does it offer that other curriculums don’t?

The IB was founded in Switzerland 50 years ago in response to ...

Posted on December 10, 2018 at 11:52 AM by GEMS World Academy Chicago

NPN members get 50% off skate rental at Gallagher Way

*PARENT PERK BY HICKORY STREET CAPITAL*

Celebrate the holiday season at Gallagher Way, just steps away from iconic Wrigley Field. Get into the holiday spirit with a spin on the ice, a seat on Santa’s lap, a seasonal movie or any of our other holiday and winter events.

With open ice skating, ice skating classes, curling classes, Chimes at Gallagher Way, Santa's Workshop, holiday crafts, and much, much, more, Gallagher Way has all sorts of activities for your family to enjoy! 

Sit...

Posted on December 04, 2018 at 7:00 AM

This CPS resource makes high school search so much easier

Many Chicago parents, myself included, start thinking about high school at the same time we're applying to preschool. This phenomenon isn’t limited to “type A” parents or “helicopter” parents or overachieving parents. We begin thinking about high school so early because our children’s access to education can influence major life decisions such as where we live, and because to new and not-so-new parents, public high schools in Chicago are something of a mystery. 

What are public high sc...

Posted on December 03, 2018 at 1:07 PM by Amy Johnson