Posts from: May 2013

Play, play, play your troubles away

As “grown ups,” we think of play as something that kids do for fun. But it turns out that play (yes, play!) can be a powerful tool in helping our little ones work through some of life’s challenges.

What exactly is play therapy? As adults who are familiar with ‘talk therapy’, play therapy may be a difficult thing to understand and appreciate.

I am not going to lie, it took me a while to buy into it. I remember sitting in my first play therapy class thinking it was all a little too s...

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 8:00 AM by Ritamaria Laird

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (May 19 - May 25)


Wondering what to do this week in Chicago with and w/out your kids? Our NPN calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for kids and parents needing a mental break or extra fun.


FREE & Open to the Public:

- Sun., May 19, Parents of Preemies Family Picnic @  Wrightwood Park 

- Mon., May 20, Picnic in the Park @ PFC Milton Olive Park

- Tues., May 21, Developmental Differences Support Group @ Bellybum Boutique

- Wed., May 22, M...

Posted on May 19, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Amy Johnson

Stop the Food Fight with your kids

Like most parents, I struggled with picky eaters. I believe that we are what we eat, and I want my kids to be healthy.  My quest to raise good eaters and help other parents do the same is what led me to found The Kids’ Table almost six years ago.

In the 13+ years of feeding my own children, I tried most of the tricks in the book to get my pickier son to eat. I coaxed, cajoled, bribed and threatened.  Sometimes I would get the short-term result I wanted, but usually at a big emotional c...

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Elena Marre

Exercising With Your Kids: Build a Healthier & Happier Family

There isn’t a better time to start exercising with your children than spring.  A healthier family results in happier children and parents.  The warm weather provides endless (and cheap!) opportunities to get creative in your activities, especially in our park-friendly city.

Exercising with your children has the obvious benefits of improving your family’s cardiovascular, bone, joint, and overall health.  However, it’s the lesser known benefits of exercise that are most meaningful in gro...

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Orange Shoe Personal Fitness

Come play at Chicago Kids Day & School Fundraiser!

Warm weather is here!  Street festivals are starting to pop up everywhere.  BUT the best in festivals for kids is this weekend's 7th annual  Chicago Kids Day.  You and your little ones do not want to miss this day dedicated to children's health & wellness - with huge amounts of fun thrown in for just $10 a family.


SCHOOL FUNDRAISER NEWS!!!  Moolagram will donate $5 per download when you use the share c...

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM by Sarah Cobb

Sorting out Attention Deficit Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder

While ADHD and Sensory Modulation Disorder (SMD) share many overlapping symptoms, there are some symptoms that are more pronounced in each disorder.  A recent article published in the Research in Developmental Disabilities Journal* compared the behavior and physiology of children with ADHD, SMD, and dual diagnoses.  They found that all these groups had greater levels of sensory, attention, activity, impulsivity, and emotional challenges than typical peers, but some symptoms were more eleva...

Posted on May 13, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Brandon Combs

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (May 12 - May 18)


Wondering what to do this week in Chicago with and w/out your kids? Our NPN calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for kids and parents needing a mental break or extra fun.


FREE & Open to the Public:

- Sun., May 12, Private School Admissions: Cracking the "Code"! @ Dara Milner Educational Consulting

- Mon., May 13,  Lil Sluggers Free Demo Class @ Menomonee Club

- Sat., May 18, Free Play Day @ Allternative R...

Posted on May 12, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Amy Johnson

How to Select the Right Hair Products for Your Child

Here at Rock Candy Salon + Spa we wanted to share some of our recommendations for choosing the right hair products for your little ones.

Dry or Course Hair

Rock Candy recommends using a gentle shampoo formulated for dry hair that is alcohol free and don't wash hair every day. Try Original Sprout Natural Shampoo for moisture. Children with dry hair should use conditioner every time they shampoo.

Also try Original Sprout Leave-In Conditioner after every shampoo and Original Sprou...

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Sarah Boban

Laughter & Tears: The Emotional Rollercoaster After Baby Comes

The day has finally come. Your little bundle of joy arrives! Several days later you bring your perfect angel home. Instead of experiencing the constant state of bliss you imagined you start to feel anxious, tired and a little weepy. So how do you know if what you’re feeling is the “baby blues” or something more?

Baby Blues or Something More?


According to Postpartum Support International, it is estimated that 10-15% of new mothers and up to 10% of new fathers experience postpa...

Posted on May 09, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Christy Weber

3 Behaviors that Sabotage Bringing Out the Best in Your Kids

As parents, we all wish to see our kids flourish; to become all they are meant to be. However, as much as we try to do right by our kids, most of us have certain behaviors and habits that actually work against us when it comes to bringing out the best in our kids.

The problem is, we're often not aware of these habits or behaviors, or if we are aware of them,we don’t know how to change them.

It is in those parenting “blind spots”, as I call them, where we unknowingly plan...

Posted on May 08, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Jill M Hope