How to do Disney World and Disneyland right with kids in tow

Planning a Disney vacation can be an overwhelming experience filled with a mixture of excitement and angst. Here are some tips I’ve learned over our many trips to Disneyland (DL) and Walt Disney World (WDW).

Have a loose plan. Choose two to three things you want to accomplish each day, then go from there. I get input from my family then sketch out a general plan. You will definitely see and do more, but this allows you to plan FASTPASSES (line shortcut, free with your ticket). Consider...

Posted on January 23, 2018 at 7:44 AM by Christina Hollister

NPN members: Get a $75 credit & 1 free month at UrbanSitter

*PARENT PERK BY URBANSITTER*

All of the sitters of everyone you trust are finally in one place. UrbanSitter unlocks your personal network to connect you to the sitters of people you know—friends and neighbors, co-workers, parents from your kid's school and fellow NPN parents. It's easy to find a great date-night sitter, full-time nanny or part-time care.

Recommendations from fellow NPN parents
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Posted on January 23, 2018 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 15% off at Wise Apple

*PARENT PERK BY WISE APPLE*

 

Wise Apple is now delivering healthy, kid-friendly lunches throughout Chicago. No more battles over what to pack for lunch; let Wise Apple deliver fresh meals crafted by chefs and dietitians and made from all natural ingredients. 

Meals arrive fresh-sealed, and last up to a week in the fridge. No subscriptions—you only get food when you order it. Pick from complete balanced meals, or select individual pods to build your perfect lunch. 

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Posted on January 16, 2018 at 7:00 AM

7 places in Hyde Park to explore with your family

Photo: J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

As a child growing up in Chicago, I only thought of Hyde Park as where the Museum of Science and Industry lived. I'd go there on family trips or field trips, once or twice a year, always making sure to pay a visit to the baby chicks. On one memorable visit, my 8th-grade class ran into Davy Jones inside the Hall of Nobel Prize Winners. 

But for all the times I traveled to Hyde Park, I never truly visited the neighborhood. As...

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 11:45 AM by Jill Morowitz

How to budget now for summer family expenses

“10...9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1...Happy New Year!” If this year’s New Year’s Eve countdown reminded you of your bank account balance, it’s time for a change.

Now that the first half of the year is over and the holidays are behind us, it’s time to begin planning ahead for summer. Believe it or not, summer will be here before we know it with all of its expenses in tow: summer camp, family vacation, sports...(insert money flying away emoji). Keep reading for suggestions to jumpsta...

Posted on January 10, 2018 at 1:18 PM by Sitaara Jones

Containing sibling squabbles when cabin fever sets in

All of us who live in Chicago pride ourselves on our ability to “hunker down” when it becomes unbearably cold out. What better way to deal with the Chicago Arctic than to sit around in PJs, drinking hot coffee and curled up with a good book, letting errands wait and leaving icy roads for someone else?

Then come kids and their exasperation with being stuck inside when the threat of hypothermia is all too real. Telling my 6-year-old to read a book and enjoy some downtime while the outsid...

Posted on January 08, 2018 at 2:19 PM by Katy Mickelson

10 tips to move your child from fear and anxiety to bravery

Parenting an anxious child comes with the constant question: “How do I push my child and be comforting and supportive?” Unfortunately, there is not yet a perfect science to parenting or treating anxiety. But helping your child face the world with bravery over succumbing to the worry monster can be achieved with consistent and compassionate coaching. 

As a clinical psychologist, I am always looking for the best and most effective ways for parents to assist their child in developing heal...

Posted on January 03, 2018 at 12:35 PM by Debra Kissen

How modern families can buy life insurance

*SPONSORED POST BY LADDER*

As a parent, one of the most important things you can do for your family is get some basic life insurance on the books. This gives your family a buffer in case of emergency and gives you some much-needed peace of mind.  

But the process of buying life insurance can be complex. Getting covered can take longer than expected, even for the most well-organized mom or dad.  Case in point: according to LIMRA, a life insurance research association, 93% of American...

Posted on January 03, 2018 at 11:32 AM

Setting personal goals is even more important when you're a parent

It was a Sunday afternoon last month and I found myself doing something I rarely get the chance to do: laying on the living room couch in a silent house. With our young son asleep in the other room, I was mindlessly flipping channels looking for something, anything, to keep my mind off the fact I had no workout planned. For the previous six months, I started every day looking at my workout log and preparing myself to meet that day's challenge. I followed that routine as close as the rest ...

Posted on January 03, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Matt Beardmore

NPN members step up with Lurie Children's Hospital

*PARENT PERK BY LURIE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL*

 

Imagine you and your child reaching new heights together. Alongside countless families, you can achieve a new milestone together by climbing on January 28, 2018, at the 21st Annual Aon Step Up For Kids.

Register today to climb the Aon Center, one of Chicago’s tallest buildings, while raising money for the 173,000 patients treated each year at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago! The climb is an inspirational, ...

Posted on January 02, 2018 at 7:00 AM