NPN members get 15% off estate planning at GQ Law

*PARENT PERK BY GQ LAW*

As a parent, Jennifer knows it’s essential to plan for the future– whether you are expecting your first child or sending your kids away to college.  Now is the perfect time to make a plan that gives you peace of mind.

GQ Law focuses on helping parents plan for the future with a comprehensive, customized estate plan.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with Gov. Pritzker’s Executive Orders, GQ Law is offering remote estate planning services at no ...

Posted on June 09, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Resources to help you talk about racism with your kids

It may not be easy to talk to your kids about the realities of racism, but it's a critical part of making positive change in our city and our country, and helping your child develop into a thoughtful, aware and kind adult.

Here are some resources to help parents facilitate these conversations. We'll keep adding more as we find them. If you have resources to add to this list, email laura@npnparents.org. And add your voice to the lively discussions happening right now on our forum about ...

Posted on June 04, 2020 at 12:12 PM by Laura Baginski

What it's like to be a parent with Covid

My husband brought it in. At least, that’s what we think. We still have no idea where exactly he picked up the coronavirus, but it came into our house around mid-to-late March and upended our newly sheltered-in-place world. 

He first went down with extreme fatigue. He would occasionally shiver, and he had a cough, though not an entirely dry one, so we played multiple rounds of “allergies, flu, or COVID?” Tests were still in very rare supply at this point, reserved for only the sickest,...

Posted on June 03, 2020 at 3:08 PM by Taylor Wood

How to co-parent during the coronavirus pandemic

Co-parenting can be complicated enough without additional factors that throw a wrench into the system you and your co-parent have developed. The presence of coronavirus will alter the way that you co-parent. Here are some tips on how to be successful co-parents while dealing with coronavirus. 

Stick with the routine where you can. During this stressful time, there will be adjustments that have to be made. However, it is important to keep consistency in the places that you can. Child...

Posted on June 03, 2020 at 2:18 PM by Erin Wilson

In-person summer camps still happening in Chicago

There's no doubt about it: Summer in Chicago will look a lot different this year. But before you start panic-purchasing inflatable pools and water guns, take a look at these summer camps that are still planning on having in-person camps. Of course, in this COVID-altered world, things can change—camps may reconfigure their schedules or cancel altogether. But for now, check out these camps that are adhering to city safety guidelines for in-person gatherings.

[Not ready for in-person camp...

Posted on June 03, 2020 at 1:35 PM by Laura Baginski

Online resources for COVID-19 quarantine

 

Now that schools are canceled through the rest of the year, the reality has sunk in: the more options for virtual resources, the better. New: Check out our list of virtual summer camps!

Following is an ongoing list of online activities for kids of all ages. All are free unless otherwise noted. Check back often! We'll be updating this post as we get more information*.

Meanwhile, if you'd like to join COVID-19 conversations about everything from e-learning to what to make for din...

Posted on June 03, 2020 at 8:00 AM by Lauren Viera

NPN members pay no application fee at Urban Prairie Waldorf School

*PARENT PERK BY URBAN PRAIRIE WALDORF SCHOOL*

Urban Prairie Waldorf School is a progressive, inclusive pre-k through 8th grade school located minutes from downtown Chicago, educating and preparing students to be responsible global citizens. 

Our education lights the fires of enthusiasm, creates a sense of agency in the world, offers teaching that is an art form based on love for the children, and fosters a community of mutual support and conscious parenting.

We innovate on the 1...

Posted on June 02, 2020 at 7:00 AM

How to handle pandemic behavior

*SPONSORED POST BY SMART LOVE PRESCHOOL*

Stomping, slamming, screaming, tears, tantrums — these may be only some of the behaviors parents are witnessing at home right now. It is not an exaggeration that times are very hard for families; parents are doing their best to juggle their lives amid this crisis. But when children are acting out, it only adds to the impossibility of the moment. What can parents do to lead to a happier household? Be S.M.A.R.T.

Stay Positive

In difficult situ...

Posted on May 07, 2020 at 8:00 AM by Kelly Perez

Will my relationship survive this virus?

Many of us are in a relationship that was already taxed before being quarantined and ordered to stay at home — for the foreseeable future. Some of you are in the process of divorce and now that courts have halted, you are feeling stuck. Others with children are now having to work even more as a team, which was already difficult pre-Covid19. 

This isn’t easy. 

More time together in a pressure cooker of tight spaces and new stresses is rough. Maybe your partner has some really annoyin...

Posted on April 30, 2020 at 8:00 AM by Crystal Clair

NPN members receive a free inspection with home purchase

*PARENT PERK BY NICHOLE VEIHMAN @PROPERTIES*

Has quarantine made you consider the Western Suburbs? Now is a great time to explore and learn the area!

Right now, an on the ground suburban agent, who is in tune with the current market, and will be your resource and partner, is crucial to navigating this unique housing market. 

Nichole Veihman, local La Grange agent and past city resident, is passionate about helping people understand the Western Suburbs of Chicago. Her tour is des...

Posted on April 28, 2020 at 7:00 AM