Posts from: March 2012

Sing Spring with Green Eggs & Ham

Spring has arrived alarmingly early in Chicago. With five straight record setting 80 degree days in March, the tulips are shooting up and the trees are nearly in full bloom. 5 tips for welcoming the change in season with kids!

1) Take a family trip to the farmers’ market or to a farm. There are few better ways to connect your children with the earth. We’re all so used to the blessings of modern transportation and our grocery stores do not lack asparagus and raspberries even in the deep...

Posted on March 30, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Melissa Graham

Too strict? Not strict enough?

Have you ever been behind the wheel during a snowstorm? Imagine you are driving in a complete whiteout that keeps getting worse and worse until you can barely even see the lights from the car in front of you. You start to feel panicked, anxious and frustrated. These are the same emotions that children feel when they cannot see what is in front of them: that is they don’t know what boundaries to expect and cannot predict consequences for their actions or rules to keep them safe. This analog...

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 6:37 AM by Melanie Arons

Spring Break Ideas that Won't Break the Budget

For some spring break means sandy beaches, fruity drinks, and flip-flops.  But for many parents, it’s often a matter of “School’s out; what can we do to prevent meltdowns, breakdowns and general chaos?” If your budget is like mine (i.e. on the verge of extinction), a pricey flight is out of the question. A short car ride to a change of scenery is perfectly doable!  And that’s what I have planned.

When I mentioned to my daughters that I was thinking of taking them to a hotel with an ind...

Posted on March 28, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Elisa Drake

Perk Alert! Discounts that will help you get ready for SPRING!

From spring cleaning to getting in shape, these discounts will put a SPRING in your step.

Fresh Tech Maid All kids’ bedrooms cleaned FREE for initial cleaning! Just mention the NPN email blast and book by 4/30/12. Finally, a chemical free home cleaning designed for healthy kids and happy parents! Read more.

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Posted on March 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM by Ellie Ander

NPN April Membership Promotion - $10 Urba Baby Bonus!

Whether your days are spent at the office, at home, or somewhere in between, NPN's unique benefits provide everything a city parent needs:


Access to our always active discussion forum

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Beginning April 1, join, renew or purchase a gift membership through April 30, 2012, and receive a $10 Urba Baby electronic gift certificate via email. Get a...

Posted on March 27, 2012 at 5:00 AM by Marti Goyal

NPN's Upcoming Events

Spring has sprung, and NPN is sprouting with great events to try with or without the little ones. In case your email is in full bloom, here are a few you won't want to miss!


Two of the biggest worries facing most parents today are how to pay for your children's college education while still making sure you stay on track for your retirement. Join NPN and our panel of experts for Parent University: College Savings and Retirement on Tuesday, March 27 from 7:00 - 8:30pm at Flourish Stu...

Posted on March 23, 2012 at 5:08 AM by Melanie Schlachter

5 Parent-Approved Easter Basket Goodies

As parents, we all want our little ones to enjoy the holidays but we also try to do it without the sugar fix.  Here are 5 picks for your Easter Basket stuffing that keep the big-time sweets out and keep all of the fun in!

#1) Hide 'em & Find 'em Eggs - A fun interactive easter egg hunt. hide the egg and turn it on. The egg talks and giggles just enough to keep little ones looking for the treasure.

#2) Little Dover Book of Tattoos - What kid doesn't love temporary tattoos? This ...

Posted on March 22, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Katherine McHenry

Organizing Your Refrigerator to Make Dinners Easier

Feeding a family can get chaotic sometimes, so I thought about some ways that you can simplify and organize your refrigerator, in order to make cooking dinner and other meals easier.

The first step is to take everything out of the fridge and clean it. Throw away old condiments and old food. Once your fridge is clean, you can start putting things together in a more orderly fashion. Keep like with like. Fruit in the fruit drawer and vegetables in the vegetable bin, for example. Keeping d...

Posted on March 21, 2012 at 5:30 AM by Jessica Schanberg

Perk Alert - Awesome Discount From Bum Bul Bee Photo + Films

Freeze your families precious moments with this discount from Bum Bul Bee Photo + Film. NPN members can take $150 off any Vignette purchased between 3/20/12 - 3/27/12 and booked before 12/31/12. For more information please visit or call 312.841.7427.

A modern twist on the Family Photo Album
Bum Bul Bee Vignettes are designed to be as easy as any on location photoshoot. All Vignettes include: Concept Consultation, 2 Hours Shooting On Location, Easy Online Sharing, DVD  with a Custom P...

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 2:00 PM by Ellie Ander

Little People, Big Hearts, Big Impact

How can we make sure that all kids get enough to eat?  “Give them as much pizza as they want!”  - Hannah, 7

Our kids are definitely creative problem solvers. Whether it is finding a way to climb furniture or to solve significant world problems, our kids have solutions. Now it is time for us, as parents, to be creative problem solvers.  We seek out opportunities for quality family time and we all want our kids to grow up to be compassionate and helpful. So how can we create family outin...

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 5:00 AM by Amy Cahill