Should I be worried about my toddler's speech?

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Northwestern researchers are working to develop easy and accurate ways for parents and pediatricians to know when toddlers who are slower to learn language could benefit from an extra boost.

Every child is different, but that doesn’t stop parents from comparing the kids at the weekly playgroup or on the playground. Some 2-year-olds are talking in full sentences, some are just using a few words and others aren’t saying anything at all.

Sh...

Posted on February 26, 2020 at 7:34 AM

Make winter in Chicago your favorite season with these fun outdoor activities

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While almost everyone I know east of the Mississippi dreads the winter, my family and I look forward to it. There is so much to do that can’t be enjoyed at any other time of year. Here are some of our favorites.

Skiing
Chicago may not have the Rockies, but it’s a great place to learn how to ski. Wilmot Mountain, on the Wisconsin border, offers plenty of beginner runs. They have a great and affordable ski school. For little more than babysitt...

Posted on February 25, 2020 at 2:20 PM by Debra Flanagan

How to keep your kids active inside

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Inactivity during winter months can have a negative effect on a family’s physical and mental health. Research has shown when kids don’t get enough activity, it could result in difficulty sleeping, behavior problems, and inattention for academic tasks. That’s why it’s important to keep your kids active all year round, especially during those long winter months. And no one understands this more than Chicagoans! To stay active while not having to leave ...

Posted on February 25, 2020 at 11:56 AM by Rose McLean

NPN members get 10% off tuition at Chicago Grammar School

*PARENT PERK BY CHICAGO GRAMMAR SCHOOL*

Chicago Grammar School - where the traditional meets the progressive! CGS combines the richness of a classical curriculum with the latest engaging teaching practices. 

Chicago Grammar School is a private, PS-8, independent school, established to provide children with the essence of a classical liberal arts and sciences education. The CGS motto, Sapere Aude – Dare to Know, captures Chicago Grammar School’s commitment and dedication to educate ...

Posted on February 25, 2020 at 7:00 AM

NPN members save $15 off camps at Lillstreet Art Center

*PARENT PERK BY LILLSTREET ART CENTER*

Lillstreet is proud to host the widest variety of multimedia art camps offered in Chicago! Our summer program consists of over 200 week-long summer camps for young artists ages 3–16.

We pride ourselves on our creative instructors and guided learning experiences designed to maximize each child's creativity. Each student is seen as an individual with a unique voice, and every student is taught to create fearlessly, focusing on the process of mak...

Posted on February 18, 2020 at 7:00 AM

NPN members receive a free inspection with home purchase

*PARENT PERK BY NICHOLE VEIHMAN @PROPERTIES*

Nichole Veihman, local La Grange resident and past city resident, is passionate about helping people understand the Western Suburbs of Chicago. Her tour is designed to make buyers feel comfortable with the suburbs, allowing them to make an informed decision on their new home and town. Tour attendees choose their own mix of neighborhoods, towns and tour topics, which could include:

La Grange, La Grange Park, Western Springs, Hinsdale, ...

Posted on February 04, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Your school search checklist, broken down by month

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The winter is a great time to take a well-deserved break after having done your research, visited schools, and sent in your family’s applications. Enjoy the lull before the next wave of school decisions and second-guessing creeps in! While deep down we know it’s out of our hands until notifications come in the spring, we can’t quite help but think that there must be something more to do as we wait. Fear not: There are plenty of things to do to keep yo...

Posted on February 03, 2020 at 1:22 PM by Chicago School GPS

Summer Camp in Chicago: When, where and how to sign up for summer fun

Believe it or not, now’s the time to start thinking about summer camps. Many have already opened up registration with early-bird discounts, while others don’t offer placement till spring...only to sell out in hours.

To help you navigate your options, we’re hosting our first-ever Summer Camp Fair on February 23 (details below!). Meanwhile, we’ve pooled advice and information from our members and staff to help get you started.

How old does my child have to be to go to camp?
Most cam...

Posted on January 29, 2020 at 1:21 PM by Lauren Viera

How and why to talk to your kids about the 2020 presidential election

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From casual conversation to heavy TV ads, the 2020 presidential election is unavoidable and your kids are likely drawing conclusions. Let’s explore how to make election season educational, and hopefully less stressful, for kids* of any age.

Chatterbox
What do they already know? What have they heard from friends, at school, on TV and online? Kids may or may not realize that elections have the potential to change their lives. Assess their knowle...

Posted on January 23, 2020 at 1:15 PM by Candice Blansett-Cummins

You have more CPS high school options than you may think

 

We’ve just closed the door on that stressful season when high school students-to-be partake in applications. My wife and I have been talking about high schools for our 6th grader for a couple of years, so we empathize. Fortunately, your choices are much better than what you might realize.

For families stressing about which school is “right” for their child, likely the anxiety is caused by the selection process to get into the “best” high schools. You might believe there are only a...

Posted on January 23, 2020 at 12:37 PM by Michael Beyer