Posts from: February 2012

Overcoming Obstacles & Reaching Dreams with 'Handicapable' Parents

Hello! My name is Melissa, and I am the proud mother of a beautiful eleven-month old boy named Aidan. I am also a forty year old woman who has lived with rheumatoid arthritis for most of my life. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid arthritis at seven years old and have had to overcome many obstacles to get where I am today.  Not long after my diagnosis, I became bedridden for more than a year and, therefore, was unable to attend school. My parents decided to take me to Mayo Clinic and...

Posted on February 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM by Melissa Arriola

Good Karma Creative Fundraising: Save Money or Raise it for Your School

Babies can be expensive. They can be little consumption engines. I have three little consumption engines myself, ages 8, 6 and 18 months, so I know this all too well.

The diapers, the baby food, the toys, the gear, the clothes–the clothes! Onesies, sleepers, play clothes, dressy clothes, holiday outfits, bibs, socks. And worst of all, many outfits they only wear two or three times and grow out of.

I love organic, well-made clothes (buying well-made clothes, furniture and other good...

Posted on February 29, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Sharon Schneider

Perk Discount Alert! Discounts on Camps & Activities

Spring is just around the corner! Start planning to get the kids out with these discounts on camps and activities.

Little Beans Cafe NPN Members receive great discounts on your child's camp session for the entire month of May: $75 off 2-day; $100 off 3-day; $150 off 4-day camp program. Little Beans is a family café and an imaginative playspace for kids of all ages to play, learn, imagine and create. Read more.

LoveBugs Preschool NPN Members Save $200 on the Lovebugs in the Park pro...

Posted on February 28, 2012 at 8:26 AM by Ellie Ander

Will you Wake Up & Boogie Down?

What started as a fun idea for parents and an exciting morning for kids in the city has grown into maturity with Wake Up & Boogie Down now celebrating its 4th year this month - this Saturday March 3rd 9:30am-12:30pm at The Cubby Bear.  It's a testament to the vision and commitment of NPN's staff and volunteers to put together content rich and cost effective programs for city families.

Similar to the NPN's NYE event, there is nothing as beautiful as the gleam of excitement that erup...

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 11:30 AM by Jim Schofield

Don't Fear Children's Fevers; They May Help Kids Heal

For children, fever is a normal response to illness. But for parents, it’s a major cause of anxiety and visits to the pediatrician. 

Fever is a physiological mechanism that helps fight infection and is defined as a body temperature greater than 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C).   In and of itself, fever is not known to endanger a generally healthy child and actually may benefit kids during acute illness.

Are fevers dangerous?


High temperatures do not always correlate wit...

Posted on February 24, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Frank Belmonte

Travel Tips for a Worldly Family Adventure

Soooo... My kids bottle just fell on the ground in Varanasi, India- Near the Ganges River. I picked it up, licked it off, and gave it back to her. I know your cringing,.. but hey,... she’s a second child.  Any you have ALL done it before, just probably in a place like Starbucks.

I just returned from a 64 day trip through China, Indonesia, Nepal and India with my husband and two little girls (2.5 and 1). WHY would anyone with small children go to such places you ask? Well.... It’s mostl...

Posted on February 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM by Mandy Moise

Earn cash while you clear out clutter! (& win VIP Access)

Ever think of how wonderful it would be to clear out all of your kids’ gently used items, and earn some extra cash for them too?  Here’s a solution:  Participate in the Babies, Tots n’ More Spring Consignment Event!  You set the prices, and we sell your items for you.  The best part is you earn 65% without even being there.  Our consignors have the option to volunteer during this spectacular event, and receive 70% of the profit for the sale of their items.

Think it won’t be worth your ...

Posted on February 22, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Kristin Myers

Perk Discount Alert! Discounts on Childcare

Need trusted childcare? Find the perfect nanny, night nurse, au pair, or babysitter with these discounts on childcare, exclusively for NPN members!

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Our Joy Infant Care NPN Members save $30 on your night nurse and get that much needed rest. Our Joy Infant Care employs experienced baby nurses and night nannies, who provide unique and special skills in all aspects of newborn care, parental education and support. ...

Posted on February 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM by Ellie Ander

Six Steps to an Easy Peasy Birthday Party

For some of us birthday’s can be headaches to organize. Here are some suggestions to make it a breeze:


First start with a guest list on evite. It’s easy to make attractive invitations and you can keep track of who is coming and find out food allergies in the mix.

Next, you can whip up some decorations fast and cheap. I like the dollar store or a party store for more options. Pick up plates, décor and napkins in one fell swoop. Another fun thing to add on are party favors...

Posted on February 21, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Jessica Schanberg

Drawing a line for safety

It can be awkward to see moms in your play group or your in-laws engaging in unsafe child care practices or wanting to do something you don’t think is safe when your child is in their care. How should you handle this?

When it comes to safety—especially car safety or safe sleep—it is worth the risk of being impolite. Situations range from your parents pulling down an old crib from the attic to a helpful friend willing to take your child for a play date—but without a safety seat.

How...

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Laura Nikolovska