Begin your child's literacy journey early | NPNparents.org

 

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Confidence in the ability to communicate effectively empowers children to approach new milestones in social and emotional learning with ease. Similarly, children who love reading from the start approach lifelong learning eagerly and confidently. Language, communication and literacy development unfold simultaneously and benefit tremendously from a nurturing early learning environment—beginning in infancy and transitioning smoothly from toddlers to ...

Posted on January 05, 2017 at 1:19 PM

How I'm teaching my young kids 4 languages

Photo credit: Charlotte Tsou

Recently I was in NYC for work, and as I was walking through the city it became clear English is not the only dominating language. You could hear Chinese and Brazilian Portuguese spoken at shops, and chattering among street vendors in Hindi and Arabic. This is definitely a phenomenon in the United States of America—a country of immigrants. In addition, when I look around, there are many kids nowadays from cross-racial families, like mine. Looking exotic is ...

Posted on January 04, 2017 at 1:57 AM by Charlotte Tsou

How to survive a Chicago winter with kids | NPNparents.org

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The holidays are behind us and the long Chicago winter stretches out ahead. This leaves all parents and caregivers with the same question: How the heck are we going to entertain our kids for the next three months?

Having lived through eight Chicago winters with at least one child, I give you my top activities and favorite things to do to kill time—I mean, educate and stimulate—your little ones. The best thing about most of these tips is they work...

Posted on January 03, 2017 at 12:38 PM by Cate White

Keep your kids active this winter! | NPNparents.org

 

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Step onto the field during any Lil' Kickers class and you will find it transformed into a world created just for your child. Our well-trained coaches will lead your child through 50 minutes of highly creative, high energy and age-appropriate activities.

Because Lil' Kickers is first and foremost a child development program, our focus is helping your child build strong physical, intellectual and emotional skills that will help them be successful on...

Posted on January 02, 2017 at 7:48 AM by Laura Baginski

The 10 most-read NPN forum threads of 2016 | NPNparents.org

However you feel about the events of 2016, you can't say it was boring. NPN members on our discussion forum certainly reflected the year's tensions, drama and uncertainties, posting questions and comments about everything from the presidential election to the CPS teachers' strike that wasn't to concerns about violence in their neighborhood.

But many of the most popular posts on our forums also highlight the perennial issues of being a parent in Chicago: Is my neighborhood school any go...

Posted on December 29, 2016 at 10:14 AM by Laura Baginski

The 5 most popular NPN blog posts of 2016 | NPNparents.org

The most popular posts on the NPN blog this year had nothing to do with the presidential election, Prince or Angelina and Brad's divorce. Instead, they revolved around classic issues parents have been dealing with for ages: caring for special-needs kids, preschool, teachers' strikes and generally just trying to make raising kids in Chicago a bit easier.

5. The 1 essential skill kids should learn in preschool: Their ABCs? Colors? Shapes? Nope, nope and nope.

4. Childcare during the C...

Posted on December 27, 2016 at 1:30 PM by Laura Baginski

Finding support, advice & childcare just got easier! | NPNparents.org

You asked and we answered: Introducing the new and improved NPN forums! You'll find they're easier to navigate, much more user-friendly (especially on your phone), and full of cool new bells and whistles. Now it's so much easier to get support, advice, a nanny or nanny share on main discussion forum and childcare classifieds! Let's take a tour of these new features, shall we?

1. Improved search function. Not only is the search function more powerful, yielding more relevant results, b...

Posted on December 27, 2016 at 9:02 AM by Laura Baginski

5 reasons to step up in 2017 | NPNparents.org

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The 20th annual Aon Step Up for Kids is just around the corner on Sunday, January 29. Here are the top 5 reasons why you and your family should Step Up in 2017:

It’s a family event! Kids of all ages are welcome and those who are 12 and under step for FREE!
You can form a team with your friends, family or colleagues, making it a fun and meaningful Sunday!
It’s a great way to get in shape as you step in to the New Year! Earn bragging ...

Posted on December 21, 2016 at 12:34 PM

Why I didn't move after a nearby shooting | NPNparents.org

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I remember it being a relatively uneventful Monday afternoon at work when this sobering message from 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman hit my inbox:

“According to the Chicago Police Department, at approximately 10:30am today, there was young man shot on the 900 block of West Buena Avenue. The victim was approached by two offenders and was shot in the chest. Police say he was taken immediately to Illinois Masonic Hospital where he is undergoing surgery...

Posted on December 15, 2016 at 11:59 AM by Matt Beardmore

Dealing with infertility? Toss the holiday cards | NPNparents.org

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When you have fertility issues, the holidays can feel like a punch to your heart every time you open up a card with tons of adorable children or see the many social posts of holiday traditions for children.

Every year, I tape the holiday cards to the front of my refrigerator. My first round of IVF failed around November of 2008. I got pregnant and miscarried six weeks later. So, with that first holiday, taping the cards up on the fridge was a bit painf...

Posted on December 12, 2016 at 8:40 AM by Tasha Blasi