Parent University

NPN's Parent University Speaker Series brings you pertinent information on parenting and lifestyle issues. Each event will not only provide interaction with a professional on the topic of the day, but also a chance to connect with and learn from other parents. Parent University is one of the many ways NPN facilitates interaction among our member parents while providing you with educational resources. If you have an idea for a future speaker/session, please contact us at

An E-Ticket is required to attend all Parent University Speaker Series events - 1 adult per each E-ticket.

Next Event

  Building Blocks for Raising Confident & Bully-Proof Kids @ Bennett Day School
Location: Bennett Day School
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM · Oct 24, 2017
Who: Members only - Adults only
Parking: Neighborhood street parking
Cost: Free
Coordinator: Amy Johnson
As parents, we all want to raise our kids to have confidence in themselves, healthy self-esteem, good peer relationships, and a resilient, bully-proof spirit. But what does it really take to lay the foundation that will allow these qualities to naturally develop?
In this empowering presentation, you will learn:
• The four building blocks that create the foundation for nurturing confidence and self-esteem
• The #1 secret to building healthy self-esteem in your child that no one else is talking about
• The type of praise that is actually damaging your child's self-esteem (and you are probably unknowingly using it all the time!)
• Why YOUR mindset can make or break your child’s self-esteem
• The surprising link between gratitude and your child’s development of resilience
Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Bennett Day SchoolBennett Day School is a progressive, independent PK-12th grade school in Chicago's West Town neighborhood. Its mission is to provide a collaborative culture that nurtures children’s innate sense of inquiry and curiosity. Bennett Day School is committed to advancing creativity, innovation, and the development of lifelong learners and leaders.
Please scroll down to RSVP.  You will receive an e-ticket to confirm your registration. Please be resepectful of our presenter and sponsors and honor your RSVP.  
Special offer for attendees: Jill Hope, presenter and founder of IShine, is offering a 50% discount on her Bully Proof program on the night of the event. The Child Self-Esteem 'Bully-Proof' Program is a 4-Part Audio/Digital Home Study Program that will provide you with game-changing strategies to improve your child's confidence, build self-esteem, and create inner resilience. The program comes with 4 mp3 audio classes, PDF transcripts, and worksheets that systematically guide you through the process that has helped 100's of families nurture 'bully-proof', resilient, emotionally healthy kids.
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Didi Lewis Didi joined NPN in 2010 while researching school options for her son and seeking support from other working moms. When her daughter came along the following year, her fondness for NPN, its activity-packed event calendar, and its active discussion board grew. With a JD and certificate in Family Law from DePaul College of Law, her dedication to the local parent community in her downtown neighborhood, and her passion for advocating family life in the big city (she’s also a proud CPS grad), Didi happily joined the NPN staff in 2013. As School Choice, Programming and Outreach Manager, Didi is excited about helping Chicago parents learn about educational options within the city and discover all of the amazing benefits NPN has to offer for new and growing urban families. After spending her entire life as a north-sider, Didi now lives in the South Loop with her south-sider husband Rod and their city kids, RJ and Rio.

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