NPN members get 12% off Brick Loot Box subscription

*PARENT PERK BY BRICK LOOT*

Brick Loot, a family-run company, is dedicated to toy brick enthusiasts of all ages. We specialize in unique monthly subscription boxes, custom LED lighting kits for LEGO sets, custom LEGO sets, custom brick sets, and custom LEGO mini-figures for individuals and corporations.

Brick Loot Box subscribers receive a Brick Loot Box every month filled with 4-8 items – each month’s theme and contents inside are a surprise! Included in every box are unique and e...

Posted on July 14, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Bring these easy-pack snacks and gear on your next family picnic

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My boys and I want to spend every waking minute outside in the summer, and that includes meals. Picnics are a favorite activity and over the years we have become alfresco experts. With a little planning, you too can enjoy the great outdoors and some great food, too.

I like to keep these essentials in my picnic basket so we’re ready to go:

Picnic blanket. In my opinion, you have to go big here. A large, water-resistant blanket made for this...

Posted on June 23, 2020 at 9:24 AM by Heather Reid

Pelvic floor exercises new moms can do at home

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Pelvic floor strengthening is a great way for new moms to improve symptoms of urinary leaking or low back/pelvic pain. Plus, they can be done anywhere! Before you jump right into exercises, let’s learn a little about the pelvic floor. 

Your pelvic floor is a group of muscles that span your pelvis and act to support your organs, maintain normal bowel and bladder function (going when you want to—not leaking when you don’t want to!), and sexual funct...

Posted on June 17, 2020 at 12:17 PM by Nicole wodka

How to celebrate kids' birthdays while social distancing

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With a new vocabulary that includes “shelter in place” and “social distancing,” get-togethers seem destined to remain a little different for a while. But that doesn’t mean we can’t mark the special occasions—we just need to re-imagine how we celebrate them.

[RELATED: No-gift party ideas]

Virtual parties
If you’re uncomfortable meeting up in person just yet—given that keeping kids apart is a challenge—virtual parties can solve the proble...

Posted on June 17, 2020 at 11:22 AM by Fiona Royer

NPN members get 20% off residential real estate closing legal fees 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 June 16, 2020 at 2:23 PM

NPN members get 15% off estate planning at GQ Law

*PARENT PERK BY GQ LAW*

As a parent, Jennifer knows it’s essential to plan for the future– whether you are expecting your first child or sending your kids away to college.  Now is the perfect time to make a plan that gives you peace of mind.

GQ Law focuses on helping parents plan for the future with a comprehensive, customized estate plan.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with Gov. Pritzker’s Executive Orders, GQ Law is offering remote estate planning services at no ...

Posted on June 09, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Resources to help you talk about racism with your kids

It may not be easy to talk to your kids about the realities of racism, but it's a critical part of making positive change in our city and our country, and helping your child develop into a thoughtful, aware and kind adult.

Here are some resources to help parents facilitate these conversations. We'll keep adding more as we find them. If you have resources to add to this list, email laura@npnparents.org. And add your voice to the lively discussions happening right now on our forum about ...

Posted on June 04, 2020 at 12:12 PM by Laura Baginski

What it's like to be a parent with Covid

My husband brought it in. At least, that’s what we think. We still have no idea where exactly he picked up the coronavirus, but it came into our house around mid-to-late March and upended our newly sheltered-in-place world. 

He first went down with extreme fatigue. He would occasionally shiver, and he had a cough, though not an entirely dry one, so we played multiple rounds of “allergies, flu, or COVID?” Tests were still in very rare supply at this point, reserved for only the sickest,...

Posted on June 03, 2020 at 3:08 PM by Taylor Wood

How to co-parent during the coronavirus pandemic

Co-parenting can be complicated enough without additional factors that throw a wrench into the system you and your co-parent have developed. The presence of coronavirus will alter the way that you co-parent. Here are some tips on how to be successful co-parents while dealing with coronavirus. 

Stick with the routine where you can. During this stressful time, there will be adjustments that have to be made. However, it is important to keep consistency in the places that you can. Child...

Posted on June 03, 2020 at 2:18 PM by Erin Wilson

In-person summer camps still happening in Chicago

There's no doubt about it: Summer in Chicago will look a lot different this year. But before you start panic-purchasing inflatable pools and water guns, take a look at these summer camps that are still planning on having in-person camps. Of course, in this COVID-altered world, things can change—camps may reconfigure their schedules or cancel altogether. But for now, check out these camps that are adhering to city safety guidelines for in-person gatherings.

[Not ready for in-person camp...

Posted on June 03, 2020 at 1:35 PM by Laura Baginski