NPN members get 40% off home learning resources at The Critical Thinking Child

*PARENT PERK BY THE CRITICAL THINKING CHILD*

Serving Chicago since 2012, The Critical Thinking Child helps parents support their children through engaging, hands-on puzzles, picture books, and more. Our online store has dozens of easy-to-use resources for your child that are fun, play-based, and endlessly entertaining. A perfect holiday gift, your child will have so much fun they won’t realize how much they’re learning!

Our tools help young learners with concepts like: 

●    Spa...

Posted on November 17, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Self-care during Covid: Creating your own pandemic slowdown

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Looking back at the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, as much as I was telling myself that everything was OK, I was dealing with my own internal panic:

I can’t go to Trader Joe’s anymore because they don’t do Instacart. Eek.
I am going to have to live with Instacart never getting my grocery order right. Eek!
I am not going to get any work done because I will have to share my workday schedule’s blocks of free time to homeschool. Eek.
M...

Posted on October 29, 2020 at 7:08 AM by Nicole Walker

A pediatrician's guide to keeping your kids and community safe from flu and Covid-19

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Every patient encounter I have these days ends with the question, “So, doc, what should I do about my child going to daycare or school?” The question is general, and yet very personal. Each family has to weigh the risks and benefits, the costs both financial and emotional, and the balance of work and child safety that affect them. While this is an individual decision, each family is part of a community; at this time, more than ever, each family has to share ...

Posted on October 27, 2020 at 2:03 PM by Anita Chandra-Puri

NPN members pay no registration fee at Everbrook Academy Lincoln Park

*PARENT PERK BY EVERBROOK ACADEMY*

We support 21st-century learners and their families. It starts by following CDC guidance for a healthy, safe environment. And we keep you connected with WatchMeGrow, live streaming video of your child's classroom; plus regular updates with our brightwheel mobile app.  

Here STEAM brings the world into every classroom, through hands-on learning in Science, Technology Engineering, the Arts and Math, as we prepare children for elementary school. 

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Posted on October 27, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Help your kids capture memories of this strange year

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My family isn't counting the days, weeks or even the months anymore, but we are counting the memories.

What began as a couple of weeks holed up at home could have morphed into a lost year. Instead, we chose to begin each day with the question, What memories are we creating today? Capturing those memories—both joyous and challenging—has become central to our daily lives. Here are some easy ways you can help your kids record feelings and milestones s...

Posted on October 20, 2020 at 1:49 PM by Fiona Royer

NPN members get $25 off Indoor Soccer League at West Loop Soccer Club

*PARENT PERK BY WEST LOOP SOCCER CLUB*

SAFETY FIRST! Our programs aim to provide safe and inclusive environment for all children wishing to stay active and play soccer during the long winter months. The indoor season will start on November 9 and end on March 27. Practices will take place at ChiTown Futbol (2343 S Throop St, Chicago, IL 60608) on Fridays 5–6pm and Sundays 9–10am. WLSC will follow all testing and prevention protocols including mandatory temperature check, personal prote...

Posted on October 20, 2020 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 15% off Wills & Trusts at Campbell Long

*PARENT PERK BY CAMPBELL LONG*

Attorneys Cindy Campbell and Joanna Long work with many NPN families to buy and sell their homes, set up wills and trusts, probate, and collaborative family law and mediation.

We want our clients to feel knowledgeable and comfortable throughout the process so that we can build relationships and continue to provide excellent service for our clients for years to come.

The process is geared to be easy and convenient. We offer completely remote meeting...

Posted on October 13, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Can we build anti-racist communities?

With the reemergence of the Black Lives Matter movement and other efforts to challenge racism in our society, there has been a push to support Black businesses. Families all over Chicago have poured in their money and support to local owners as a part of the national allyship for the Black Lives Matter movement. This support is not only coming from individuals, it’s also coming from multi-billion dollar companies like Netflix and Grubhub.

It is much needed for Black businesses because ...

Posted on October 06, 2020 at 1:43 PM by Keisha Mathew

Pregnancy, delivery and postpartum during Covid: What to expect and how to find support

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For those growing a family during the Covid-19 global pandemic, there may be additional concerns, worries or fears on your mind. While we continue to learn more about Covid, pregnancy has not been proven to be a contributing factor for increased vulnerability to the virus. However, prenatal care, labor and delivery, and post-birth care will look different from the pre-Covid era. Here's a guide on what to expect when you're expecting during this pand...

Posted on September 24, 2020 at 10:37 AM by Claire Zawa

NPN members get 15% off writing services and college essay & application advising

*PARENT PERK BY THE WRITING SAGE*

THE WRITING SAGE - TOP-TIER APPLICATION ADVISOR & WRITING COACH

Writing is an art, the college essay is a science

80% of valedictorians don’t get into their first choice schools. 75% of qualified applicants are rejected from top-tier universities. Why? 

Their essays failed to distinguish them. 

An applications expert and Yale alum, I’ve helped hundreds of students become exceptional writers and gain admission to top-tier schools. I pro...

Posted on September 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM