Coat or no? Car seat safety during the cold winter months

We sure know how to bundle up in the Midwest. We don’t let winter stop us from living life and enjoying the parks, zoos and fun outdoor activities. But it’s a lot of work to get all that winter gear on, and then there's that “no coats in car seats” rule. Madness! As a child passenger safety instructor at Lurie Children's Hospital (and a mom), I have some practical tips on how you can buckle in your kids safely and quickly during our never-ending winters.

Why can’t my kid wear a coat in...

Posted on December 10, 2019 at 10:52 AM by Jessica Choi

Working mom hacks: Tips and tricks to make your life easier

Having a moment to blissfully enjoy your coffee in the morning? Mmmmmaaaaybe it's possible if you follow these working mom hacks.

Coffee alone won't cut it. Parents who work full time need a plan to get out of the house on time in the morning with everyone fed, dressed and backpacks packed—without tears. (No one would blame you if you have a little cry on the way to work, btw.)

How do seasoned working moms make it all happen? We asked our members their top tricks and tips for keep...

Posted on December 04, 2019 at 12:59 PM by Laura Baginski

NPN members get 15% off new student registration fee at St. Matthias School

*PARENT PERK BY SAINT MATTHIAS SCHOOL*

 

Today’s community learners, tomorrow’s global leaders
St. Matthias School is the only Catholic, International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in Chicago. We develop active, caring, lifelong learners who possess strong personal values, and are challenged to understand both the local and global significance of their actions. Our students are internationally minded, creative, critical, and reflective thinkers who are empowered to take respons...

Posted on December 03, 2019 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get up to 40% off membership at The Field Museum

*PARENT PERK BY FIELD MUSEUM*

 

Nurture a love of discovery.


Why spend the doldrums of winter cramped inside? Becoming a Field Museum member gives your family endless opportunities to get out and explore an encyclopedic collection of cultural objects and biological specimens! Plus, young families have fun in the Crown Family PlayLab, where children can explore a pueblo home, examine insects in amber, play an African drum, pull our drawers and discover hidden objects, play in a...

Posted on November 26, 2019 at 7:00 AM

NPN members can now try Revolution Math for just $1

*PARENT PERK BY REVOLUTION MATH*

 

Revolution Math is an after-school online program offering math enrichment for children in grades 2–5. Based on common core principles and designed in a highly interactive format, the program has received absolute rave reviews from its past and current customer base (nearly 1,000 students are actively using the program). By combining live tutoring by full-time instructors with a story-based curriculum, Revolution Math makes the learning experience...

Posted on November 19, 2019 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 20% off tickets to 'Corduroy' at Emerald City Theatre

*PARENT PERK BY EMERALD CITY THEATRE*

Emerald City Theatre’s beloved production of Corduroy returns to Chicago just in time for the holidays! In this sweet adaptation of Don Freeman’s classic book, a small bear’s quest for a missing button leads to the friendship of a lifetime. After the lights are dimmed and the doors locked, the department store comes to life with circus elements and physical comedy. It’s up to Corduroy to outsmart the Night Watchman as he waits for his new pal Lisa...

Posted on November 12, 2019 at 7:00 AM

NPN members save 20% on tuition for the first six months when you register on a full time basis at Rayito de Sol.

*PARENT PERK BY RAYITO DE SOL*

Here’s a thought: 52% of Fortune 500 CEOS are bilingual. That makes learning Spanish as a second language from birth a valuable life skill. Bilingual kids can also pick up other critical languages like software coding to help them level the playing field.

Rayito de Sol Spanish Immersion Early Learning Center is a full Spanish immersion preschool. This means that all instructions and activities are conducted in Spanish. New students quickly become comf...

Posted on November 05, 2019 at 7:00 AM

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 to apply for CPS preschools

Preschool in Chicago is not required, but many families consider enrolling their children into a local preschool option when their child is 3 years old. To attend a CPS-based preschool, however, requires understanding the differences between the options.

If you’re thinking about CPS magnet schools for preschool next fall, the time to look into those programs is…now! Applications for the 2020-2021 school year for 3 magnet preschools are due December 13, 2019. If you are thinking about o...

Posted on October 23, 2019 at 10:40 AM by Chicago School GPS

How and when to apply to Chicago preschools and elementary schools

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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