Posts from: February 2015

Preventing the Flu (and What to Do If Your Kid Gets it Anyway)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this year’s influenza season reached epidemic levels in much of the U.S. during the last week of December, ominously early in the season. That’s bad enough, but this season’s dominant flu strain, H3N2, is a particularly mean one. Because it “drifted” (genetically mutated) from the H3N2 strain chosen for the 2014/15 influenza vaccine, the shot is very effective at preventing it.

The H3N2 flu virus is most dangerous for y...

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 5:33 PM

8 reasons to join NPN, Chicago's top parenting resource |

Obviously, we think joining NPN is an essential part of being a connected, informed and happy parent in Chicago. And for today, February 29 (a.k.a. Leap Day), only, new memberships and renewals are just $29 with promo code LEAPDAY2016. That kind of deal only happens every four years—take advantage here!

Need more convincing? Check out our list of stellar member benefits below.

But first, a little background on NPN: We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to ...

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 11:20 AM by Christa Reed

NPN's 4th Annual Developmental Differences Resource Fair is Mar 8!

NPN proudly presents our 4th Annual Developmental Differences Resource Fair!  This event was created to help parents of children (ages infant through 8th grade) with a range of developmental differences - developmental delays (i.e., speech, motor skills), sensory processing disorder, autism, ADD/ADHD, PDD-NOS, mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, Down syndrome, physical disabilities, and more. 


Where: DePaul College Prep, 3633 N. California Ave., Chicago


When: ...

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 5:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

NPN Exclusive Discount - $99 Swim Lessons from British Swim Schools

British Swim School specializes in teaching all children (babies, toddlers, kids, those with special abilities) and adults to swim. From survival-based lessons to stroke enhancement and team training, they've got something for you! Babies start as early as 3 months old. Swim lessons are a vital part of your child's development and lessons are taught throughout the year in heated indoor pools. British Swim School's caring and energetic staff will teach each child at their own ability level thr...

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 6:38 AM by Ellie Ander

10 ways to fight the winter blues with your spirited child

Photo credit: Forest Preserves of Cook County

Chicago’s winter months can be long and exhausting. The lack of sunlight, bitter cold and the feeling of being cooped up indoors can be challenging for any family–especially for ones dealing with spirited children. Coming up with fresh, fun activities to burn excess energy and get away from the television may seem like a chore – so here are some ideas to help:

1. Indoor play spaces
Indoor play areas like Pump It Up and Pickle's can be g...

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 7:05 AM by Brandon Combs

5 Tips For Making Healthy Choices

Yes, it’s winter in Chicago and it’s freezing. I don’t know why it always seems like such a surprise to me...I’ve only lived her for 13 years. But if there is anything that my time here has taught me, it’s that the Chicago summer can make you forget almost anything. So everyone close your eyes for a moment and visualize that Lakefront Trail and beautiful Skyline with a blue sky behind it. Feel it- that sunshine, hitting your face and soaking through to your bones. Take a deep breath and br...

Posted on February 21, 2015 at 7:02 PM by Jackie Dorris

A Long and Winding Road – The Journey to Find Services for my Son

I think I knew something was different about my son when he was 2 1/2. His baby sister had been in our house for 6 months and he was still mad about it. His behaviors seemed out of the norm. He had unusually long tantrums, and was aggressive for a little guy but in a way he seemed unable to control. In retrospect, I should have known something was up when he was a baby -- he had a super hard time settling down, sleep was erratic and sometimes getting to sleep, traumatic. But I was a new mom a...

Posted on February 17, 2015 at 7:00 AM by Kimberly Heather

A Glimpse Into Arts-Integrated Preschool

Where emotional intelligence, playful movement and kindergarten readiness skip hand-in-hand!

It’s 8:30am, and our preschool students are joyfully climbing the stairs, past a view of clouds and sounds of chirping birds (all part of the multi-media experience at Bubbles Academy), up to their Tree House classroom. There, under the facilitation of caring teachers, they engage in child-directed play, circle time songs, stories and activities as a group before dividing to explore learning ce...

Posted on February 15, 2015 at 3:12 PM by Natalie Monterastelli

How To Celebrate the Chinese New Year

Gong xi fa cai! (Say gong zee fah chai) Happy New Year! January 1 doesn’t have to be your only New Year celebration. This February, celebrate the Lunar New Year, a tradition popular in China and other Asian cultures! We have lots of exciting activities for you and the family. Take an adventure to Chinatown and learn about Lunar New Year traditions along the way.

Lunar New Year (also known as the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year) lasts from New Year’s Eve (the last day of the last mo...

Posted on February 15, 2015 at 9:25 AM by Marcie Wolbeck

Cookie Decorating & 15% off at Heritage Littles 2/13 Only!

Join Heritage Littles in Lincoln Park to celebrate Valentine's Day on February 13th. Bring your Teddy (or favorite cuddle) to come help decorate cookies (and eat them, too). It's the perfect Valentine date for you and your little one!

What: Teddy Bear Valentine Cookie Date

When: February 13th from 4-5 pm

Where: Heritage Littles, 2868 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60657

***Call 773.242.9008 to RSVP. NPN members will also receive 15% off any wooden toys purchased duri...

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 6:15 AM by Ellie Ander