Posts from: March 2011

Hosting an Au Pair- Is it the right choice for your family?

Have you heard of an au pair? Do you know how the au pair program works?  Personally, I knew next to nothing about au pairs. Luckily, I had a chance to chat with Karen Hurley from Cultural Care Au Pair at our January Expectant Parents Childcare 101 event. 

Karen explained that au pairs are caring and committed, adventurous and educated young people from abroad. More and more Chicago area families are turning to international childcare to find balance in their busy lives.  In exchange f...

Posted on March 24, 2011 at 8:11 PM by Jay Annadurai

Parent Perk Alert - A new "Perk" to NPN Membership!

Parent Perks is a great program where NPN shares fabulous deals from our local NPN Business Members, just especially for you. 

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March Perk Alerts

Discounts that make you feel great! (Alert sent Tuesday, March 22nd)

'Me' time is so important! Get your summer bottom line in gear with these healthy discounts.

Stroller Strides - $25 off programs and classes. Bond with your wee one(s) while getti...

Posted on March 22, 2011 at 3:38 PM by Marketing/Advertising Director Ellie

Childcare 101 Advice: Childcare centers demystified

Childcare 101: The real scoop on childcare centers

Maternity leave almost over. New work clothes (for my slightly larger size!) hanging in the closet. To-do list of back to work tasks ready to go. Childcare for my 2 month old- wait, WHAT!?

To be honest, looking for childcare for my son was almost enough to make me completely re-consider this whole going back to work thing. Thankfully, with great advice from friends and a few terrific recommendations from the NPN Discussion Board, I...

Posted on March 08, 2011 at 7:21 PM by Jay Annadurai

Wake Up & Boogie Down Family Festival 2011

It started as a simple idea: let's do something to celebrate NPN and give back to this unique organization that has given so much to us as parents.  Hard to believe our baby, Wake Up & Boogie Down Family Festival, is now 3-years-old and a moving and grooving toddler!  It has become a highly anticipated event and each year seems to get even better than the last.  This year we are thrilled to have exceeded our goal with 500 attendees and more than $7,500 raised. Thank you for celebrating...

Posted on March 05, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Healthy Eating Tips from the Working Moms Group Event!

If your kids are anything like mine, you have all sorts of tricks up your sleeve to get your child to eat a few bites of veggies. In February, Lara Field, a registered dietician and certified specialist in pediatrics, spoke at the Working Moms group luncheon and gave me new hope and much better tools to help our family.  Lara shared so many great tips!  Below are a few highlights:


After shopping, cut up fresh vegetables and fruit and put into easily accessible containers so you and...

Posted on March 02, 2011 at 9:32 AM by Marietta Coles