Posts from: October 2019

NPN members get an Amazon gift card when you join SilkRoll

*PARENT PERK BY SILKROLL*

SilkRoll is an online service for women to exchange clothing and handbags through a points-earning system. The fashion exchange allows you to swap with other like-minded women, protect the value of your wardrobe and shop sustainably. And we do all the work! 

You can also redeem points with our partners, including other female-focused retailers and service providers in beauty, fashion and healthcare. We are a membership platform building a long-term, sustai...

Posted on October 29, 2019 at 7:00 AM

How and when to apply to Chicago preschools and elementary schools

Photo: Pragyan Bezbaruah from Pexels

While Chicago is replete with hundreds of school choices ranging from public options (open enrollment, magnet, selective enrollment) to private religious and independent options, all schools will require some forethought in planning except one school into which you are automatically accepted and there is never a deadline: your assigned neighborhood Chicago Public School. Each Chicago address is guaranteed an assigned neighborhood elementary (K-8th g...

Posted on October 22, 2019 at 12:37 PM by Chicago School GPS

NPN members get 15% off estate planning at The Law Office of Campbell Long

*PARENT PERK BY THE LAW OFFICE OF CAMPBELL LONG*

Attorneys Cindy Campbell and Joanna Long work with many NPN families in Chicago helping to set up wills and trusts, working with estate administration, guardianships, 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 service our clients for years to come.

The process is geared to be easy and convenient. We ...

Posted on October 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM

How to hire more moms? Corporate America needs to learn to share.

When I had a four-year-old, a two-year-old and an infant (and a seven-year-old who was in school all day), I had a preschool carpool that was one of the most dependable and important parts of my life. 

It was the linchpin to my getting a few moments to myself. After I dropped off the four-year-old, if I managed to get the two-year-old and infant to nap at the same time, I had a few blissful hours to do things like go to the bathroom by myself or eat a meal sitting down. Nothing stopped...

Posted on October 21, 2019 at 2:44 PM by Emilie Hogan

You can stop asking your toddler this one question

We hear it all day long: at storytime, at the playground, at music class, at toddler birthday parties. It’s become so ubiquitous, you probably don’t even think twice about it.

I’m talking about “can you...?”. As in, “Can you put the bean bag back in the basket?” “Can you clean up that spill?” “Can you share a piece of your snack?” It’s parent-speak for many different situations and in almost all of them “can you” is the wrong phrase. It’s not what we mean and with toddlers, we need to ...

Posted on October 21, 2019 at 2:03 PM by Elizabeth Jones

CPS academic centers: How a mom counseled her son on whether to accept an offer

Years ago, when my oldest son entered kindergarten, I started thinking about where he’d go to high school. The lack of good public high schools in Chicago made me nervous. As a child of public school teachers and a product of public schools, I had little interest In private school. Did that mean we would have to move in a few years? Should we just move now instead? What were our options if we went to public high school in the city?

Flash forward to last year, as I was driving him home ...

Posted on October 21, 2019 at 12:43 PM by Amy Johnson

Cold-weather winter break destinations from Chicago

Photo: Quebec City, Canada courtesy Flickr/colros

As the days grow shorter and colder, the temptation to go south can be irresistible. But what if the winter season inspired your plans instead? Some of my family’s favorite vacations have been to northern destinations that delivered the perfect combination of festivity, coziness, and invigorating outdoor adventure.

This year, consider one of these escapes:

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Festive decorations and seasonal activities for fami...

Posted on October 21, 2019 at 11:41 AM by Amy Orzel

Tips for a stress-free school search [includes downloadable guide]

*SPONSORED POST BY GEMS WORLD ACADEMY CHICAGO*

For parents considering independent schools, open house season is well upon us. Whether you are looking for preschool for the very first time or for the perfect spot for your kids as they wrap up their last years before college, these next few months are an exciting time, to say the least. But, these next few months are also often filled with that little six-letter word that tends to loom large for us parents: stress. 

The biggest ques...

Posted on October 17, 2019 at 6:00 AM by GEMS World Academy Chicago

NPN members receive 15% off Earth to Kenzie at Lyric Opera Chicago

*PARENT PERK BY LYRIC OPERA*

This November, Lyric Opera of Chicago will present Earth to Kenzie, an intergalactic adventure told through opera for families with children ages 7–12, at the Vittum Theater. From video games filled with heroic missions and villainous space kitties to life lessons about making new friends and overcoming your fears in the classroom, Earth to Kenzie is the perfect production to introduce a young person in your life to the magic of music and theater!  

Abo...

Posted on October 15, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Childcare during the CPS teachers' strike

Unless the Chicago Teachers Union and the city come to an agreement, CPS teachers and support staff, who are on the picket lines now, will continue to strike into the week of Oct. 21. How long the strike will last is anyone's guess, but one thing's for sure: If you're a working parent, you need to figure out where to send your child while school is not in session.

Here are some options for childcare during the strike. Check back often—we'll be updating this post as we get more informat...

Posted on October 11, 2019 at 9:27 AM by Laura Baginski