Supporting your gifted child during Covid: focus on growth and take a step back

Parenting during Covid-19 is a new experience for everyone, but what if you’re the parent of a gifted child? There’s often a misconception that teaching gifted kids is easier, but this isn’t necessarily true. 

When my own gifted children were young, I was faced with the constant misconception that, because they were gifted, they didn’t need extra support. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Gifted children require just as much time, energy, and understanding as anyone--only in the...

Posted on August 03, 2020 at 1:32 PM by Lemi-Ola Erinkitola

7 things to have on hand for fun at-home activities with your kids

When Chicago's stay-at-home order began, like many parents I wondered how we would fill so much time at home with my 22-month-old. Even as a stay-at-home mom, this was a daunting task! I decided to get busy using my elementary-education teaching background to create basic plans for exploration and make the most of our time together. As we draw near the fall and probably another step toward increased distancing, I hope to empower parents with ideas for simple play at home. Creating memorie...

Posted on August 03, 2020 at 12:53 PM by Brenna Moss

Show some love to these Chicago Black-owned businesses

Looking for a special gift or just a treat for yourself? Check out this list of Black-owned businesses in the city (many of which offer delivery or curbside pickup), where you can get everything from cocktail-themed artisan soaps to kids' toys. 

Food & Drink

Batter & Berries: Breakfast/brunch/lunch spot in Lincoln Park

Berry Berry Sweets: Cakes, cupcakes and cake pop caterer

Bettie Lou’s: American cuisine in Andersonville

Brown Sugar Bakery: Cakes and cupcakes in Ch...

Posted on July 28, 2020 at 1:43 PM by Laura Baginski

NPN members get a free week of daycare at Ladybug & Friends Daycare and Preschool

*PARENT PERK BY LADYBUG & FRIENDS DAYCARE AND PRESCHOOL*

Ladybug & Friends Daycare and Preschool is proud to offer a safe, loving environment with unique learning activities. Guided by our fun friends like Mia the Ladybug, children don’t just stay engaged – they thrive!

Our approach: Our approach is simple: Nutrition, Rest and Respect. We believe when children receive proper nutrition, rest and interact respectfully with teachers and peers, their ability to engage in play a...

Posted on July 28, 2020 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 50% off registration and first month tuition at Children's Lighthouse

*PARENT PERK BY CHILDREN'S LIGHTHOUSE*

Children's Lighthouse North Center is dedicated to providing educational childcare to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Our mission is to nurture the development of each child's full potential—intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically—in an atmosphere of safety and trust. Each member of our professional and highly trained staff is committed to standards of excellence in all aspects of educational childcare.

Our secure facility is op...

Posted on July 21, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Anxious about the upcoming school year? Here's how to ease your child's fears—and yours.

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As the new school year approaches amid the Covid pandemic, we all find ourselves approaching it with a heightened sense of apprehension with a new normal of social interaction. The previous school year concluded with distance learning and parents temporarily thrust into educator roles and many are anxiously wondering what will happen this fall. It’s impossible to know what the future holds, and with no clear roadmap, parents who have been managi...

Posted on July 15, 2020 at 10:55 AM by Layton Kirk

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

5 tips for bringing back the partner in your partnership during Covid

Even in the best of times, being great at both parenting and partnership requires deft maneuvering. Throw in a global pandemic, and many of the struggles two-parent households are experiencing shine in glaringly bright light. 

But it’s possible this time could forever redefine our roles in the home and our relationships with our partners. Simply put, sheltering-in-place together has answered the question around what we do in a day. We’ve always juggled a lot but there’s less curiosity ...

Posted on July 13, 2020 at 1:15 PM by Julia Rohan

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