Holiday activities in Chicago for special-needs kids

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 by Evelyn Perez-Horita

NPN members get 40% off Field Museum membership

*PARENT PERK BY FIELD MUSEUM*

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

Helping your anxious child handle homework

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 by Ritamaria Laird

Why kids lie, and why it's okay

“Rachel did it,” I insisted, at three years old, when my parents asked why there was blue ink on our ecru walls and white couch. I was informing them that my sister, their devious daughter, was to blame. After a booming count to three (my father’s timeframe to “come clean”), I was punished for vandalism—and lying.

As a child psychologist, I ask parents to list the concerns they have about their child. Although they may report behaviors such as yelling, hitting, or throwing tantrums, th...

Posted on November 28, 2017 at 9:48 AM by David Meyerson

Your school should be helping your child with behavior challenges

Now that it's fall, the days are getting shorter and the honeymoon period for your child’s return to school has ended. Maybe you've begun to receive calls and e-mails from teachers and school administrators that your child is not following directions, is being disruptive in class, or is struggling generally. The school district may also be mentioning possible disciplinary action toward your child. You know that your child needs help, but what can you ask for and what are your child’s righ...

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 12:14 PM by Lara Cleary

How working moms can get involved with their child's school

As a mom of a rambunctious 3½-year-old girl and super-active 6-year-old boy and working full-time as a partner in family law, I’m often told that I “do it all.” The seemingly praiseworthy concept, while flattering, in no way rids me of mother’s guilt that plagues many of us who work outside the home. At all hours of the day, thoughts of "What experience did I miss out on today?" will creep across my desk, like when my son tells me about a class celebration that I had to miss due to a clie...

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 9:05 AM by Katy Mickelson

NPN members get 10% off on Laine Too temporary tattoos

 

*PARENT PERK BY LAINE TOO*
 

Laine Too is Chicagoland's premier temporary tattoo artist and event specialist. Match your interests or party theme from our extensive list of temporary tattoo designs, airbrushing, nail art and event services. The professional artists at Laine Too bring an atmosphere of creativity and fun to birthday parties, mitzvahs, quinceaneras and more. Temporary tattoos are customizable, hypo-allergenic, and waterproof to last up to 14 days, making them the pe...

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Could your child benefit from a social group?

*SPONSORED POST BY LUMIERE CHILDREN'S THERAPY*

Social skills are more than just communicating with others; they are the ability to engage in conversation, problem-solve, recognize and relate to other’s feelings, and respect other’s differences and opinions. Social skills are the basis for friendships, and eventually the ability to succeed and keep a job. For some people, social skills do not come naturally and require time and effort to develop. 

What are social groups?
A social gr...

Posted on November 13, 2017 at 9:56 AM by Vasilikitsa Antonopoulos

When you're an introverted parent with an extroverted child

There are characteristics I hope I can pass along to my 17-month-old son—my honesty, work ethic and reliability are a few. Preferring to be in the background in social situations is not one of those characteristics. Thankfully, he doesn’t seem to be following in daddy’s footsteps in that regard as no matter whether he’s with my wife and me at music or French class, the local playground, or NPN’s Fright-Free Halloween Fest, he always seems to be in the middle of the action, chatting with a...

Posted on November 08, 2017 at 12:57 PM by Matt Beardmore

15% off first lesson or birthday party at Bach to Rock

 

*PARENT PERK BY BACH TO ROCK*

Bach to Rock is a music school that offers private and group lessons and classes for all ages and ability levels. Using B2R’s unique teaching method, kids and adults learn to play their favorite songs in no time!

Learn guitar, piano, drums, voice, violin, trumpet and more! Play and learn music with your friends at a B2R birthday party or summer camp. Join a band and perform at cool venues. Learn how to become a DJ in the Beat Refinery DJ school! Gi...

Posted on November 07, 2017 at 7:00 AM