“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
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
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
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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
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
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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
And you thought 2016 was tumultuous.
The twists and turns of 2017 nearly gave us whiplash, from the impressive academic growth at CPS to its CEO's demise, to, well, nearly everything that happened in the U.S. government this year. Through it all, NPN members led lively discussions on these topics and many others, while our blog represented parent voices on perennial issues such as mind-numbing school commutes to potty-training.
Here are the top NPN blog posts and forum threads of ...Posted on December 27, 2017 at 12:00 PM
With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, our special kiddos can get lost in the "sensory-overload shuffle" and may not feel very festive. Here are a couple of suggestions to keep parents and kids full of the holiday spirit.
A sensory-friendly version of A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre offers lower sound levels, the house lights left on and the opportunity for kids to walk around as much as they please. The theatre is also providing a designated area to retreat for those...Posted on December 11, 2017 at 10:50 AM
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A Field Museum membership supports one of the world’s finest museums and gives you many benefits to be enjoyed throughout the year. With an encyclopedic collection of cultural objects and biological specimens, The Field Museum is a place to visit again and again. Members enjoy free admission 364 days a year,* discounted tickets to special exhibitions, free coat check, reciprocal membership to 200+ museums, a special Members' Night, as well as a 10% discoun...Posted on December 05, 2017 at 7:00 AM
Children are receiving homework as young as the kindergarten age, and some students report spending up to six hours a night on it. Many kids learn how to cope and manage the homework load, but what about children with anxiety? Anxiety negatively impacts concentration, inhibits learning, and can make it difficult for an anxious child to display her true knowledge and grasp of the material. Following are a few anxiety-ridden scenarios and how to help.
Anxiety: “My logical, problem-solvin...Posted on November 30, 2017 at 9:17 AM