Posts from: June 2019

Is your relationship ready for baby? 4 tips to prepare your partnership

Becoming a parent is a joyful, exciting time. It is also a stressful, disorienting and exhausting time.

There is cultural messaging that children are a joy and we should be happy throughout their babyhood. However, as a clinical psychologist and mother, I've seen that this is just not reality, and this message creates shame for mothers and partners who struggle with this major life transition. In fact, did you know that, statistically, couples report the lowest rates of marital satisfa...

Posted on June 26, 2019 at 2:24 PM by Rachel Riley Fancher

NPN members get 5% off Camp GEMS

*PARENT PERK BY CAMP GEMS*

There’s still time to secure a spot at Camp GEMS, a six-week summer day camp designed and organized by teachers at GEMS World Academy Chicago. Our camp offers the perfect way to keep children’s minds and bodies active this summer! Campers will create art, learn about food and clothing from other cultures, attend neighborhood festivals, enjoy live music/theater events and explore different parts of the city. Our programming closely aligns with the Internation...

Posted on June 25, 2019 at 7:00 AM

NPN members save on summer camp at Merry Music Makers

*PARENT PERK BY MERRY MUSIC MAKERS*

Designed to introduce children to the world of sound, Summer Jam is an enriching, playful camp that offers engaging hands-on experiences with instruments and delves into the music of our culture and others from around the globe. Kids ages 4 to 8 explore music through movement, games, crafts, songs, books and demonstrations by professional musicians.

Each morning session has a different weekly focus:

Our Orchestra: Explore symphonic music by be...

Posted on June 11, 2019 at 12:05 PM

Things to do with dads and kids in Chicago on Father's Day

Fathers are often the overshadowed parent when it comes to how we honor them. But lest we forget, there are so many dads, poppas and other positive male role models that deserve recognition.

Father’s Day is more than giving your favorite guy in your life a new tie or other gender-based gifts; it’s for showing honor to the men who have a genuine and nurturing presence in the lives of those who cherish them. Here is a list of innovative, fun and nonconforming ideas to honor all the fathe...

Posted on June 05, 2019 at 11:58 AM by Keisha Mathew

How to make potty training your toddler fun. Yes, fun.

So your child is about to begin this huge stage of independent self-care and you have a million questions. Are they ready? Are you ready? Is it going to be a complete disaster? Will they cry? Will you?

On the flip side, there’s the glory of no more diapers. Ever. Think of all the saved money you can stash away in that college fund. Not to mention, you really need a break. Plus, most preschools won’t let you drop off a kid who isn’t fully potty trained.

Clearly, this has to happen. Y...

Posted on June 04, 2019 at 1:13 PM by Crystal Clair

NPN members save $15 at Conquer Youth Obstacle Course

*PARENT PERK BY CONQUER YOUTH*

Conquer Youth™ is the nation’s #1 Youth Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course Family! Young Lions OCR™ is our EPIC ninja warrior–style obstacle course event for youth ages 5–17. Run, jump, crawl, climb and swing through our amazingly fun and challenging obstacles.

Your kids will have the time of their lives conquering this course! All kids receive a medal, drawstring bag and wristband.

NPN members save 15% on Ninja Youth Obstacle Course now through 7/4/19....

Posted on June 04, 2019 at 7:00 AM