Posts from: June 2013

So You've Found the Perfect Nanny: Now What?

Congratulations! Your search is over, and you’ve found your perfect Mary Poppins! So why aren’t things going smoothly? Relax; there’s a transition that needs to happen, and you may encounter some speed bumps along the way.

Wouldn’t it be glorious if your child instantly warmed up to her new nanny? In real life, we want our children to have a healthy wariness of new people. To your child, your new nanny is teetering on the brink of stranger-hood. Having a new caregiver spending many hou...

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Jessica Minahan

Going Gluten Free - One Parent's Perspective

Earlier this year, my preschooler was diagnosed with sensitivities to just about every food you can possibly imagine – gluten, corn, soy, milk, nuts – the list goes on and on. Feeling guilty and overwhelmed but not discouraged, we immediately started overhauling our fridge and pantry, scrambling to identify and stock up on foods our child actually COULD eat.

Naturally we turned to the Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) for help. Our go-to resource for every parenting challenge, we...

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

There must be something wrong with me - Coping with loss

It’s the right time in your life to get pregnant.  You have found the partner of your dreams, your job is secure, you are in the best shape of your life, and  frankly, you have run out of excuses! It is now or never. Then it happens-maybe quicker or slower than you had expected. That nice pink line or positive sign-depending on which test you bought-and how many times you took it to confirm your suspicions. You guys did it! You are a smashing success-now you are pregnant!

You are so ex...

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Aviva Cohen

Perks! Discounts for Expecting & New Parents

These discounts are just for you, newbies and parents-to-be!

Sharp Mamas offers customized in-home prenatal and parenting education, classes, workshops, nanny/caregiver training and maternity concierge services. NPN Members register here and use Code NPN20 to save 20% off any Sharp Mamas class or service. The details.

Frog Temple Pilates offers private, semi private, and group Pilates sessions, Piloga, Tadpole Kids Dance and Movement classes, and Pre / Postnatal instruction both pr...

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 6:27 AM by Ellie Ander

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (June 24 - June 30)

 

Wondering what to do this week in Chicago with and w/out your kids? Our NPN calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for kids and parents needing a mental break or extra fun.


 



 

FREE & Open to the Public:

 

- Monday, June 24, Picnic and Play Time in the Park @ Erie Park

 

- Tuesday, June 25, New Moms Group @ Mariano's - West Loop

 

- Tuesday, June 25, Cloth Diapering 101: aka Confessions of Once Not-So-Gr...

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 7:15 AM by Becky Reno

Summertime Success

Families look forward to summer all year long – longer days, more time outside and family travel.  But how do less structure and the lenient schedules of summer vacation affect kids who thrive on predictability?  Kids find security and comfort in routine, and in fact, rely heavily on their schedule to be successful in school and at home.

Many parents just accept that routines will be surrendered during summer vacations.  We recommend holding on to a few of the routines that your child ...

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Brandon Combs

3 Tips for Fueling Your Littlest Athletes

Everyone is busy, especially parents who have children that participate in sports.  It is rare to find parents who have the amount of time to prepare every meal, every day.  Parents are running back and forth, from place to place, transporting their young athletes to practices or games.  There are easy ways to ensure that your child gets the vital nutrition he/she needs before their game or practice.  Let’s take a look at three quick and easy fueling tips:

1.      HYDRATE! HYDRATE! HYD...

Posted on June 20, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Matt Klein

Your Car Seat Safety Questions - Answered!

Did you know that more than 73% of car seats are not used or installed correctly? In an effort to reduce misuse and confusion, Kids in Danger (KID) has compiled some of the most common questions we get about car seat use and installation and asked Jess Choi, Coalition Coordinator for Safe Kids Chicago for an expert’s answers.

Question: How do I know if my car seat is safe to use with my child?

Answer: The first step in using a car seat safely is to make sure it has not been recalle...

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Laura Nikolovska

Perks! Plan A Fantastic Birthday Party!

Discounts on all things children's birthday parties - awesome space rentals, bounce house rentals, planning services, and party-session photography!

Joonfoto Photography Put the camera down at your child's next birthday party and let Joonfoto capture wonderful memories for you. NPN Members receive 15% off a 90-minute party session, 30 minute mini session and/or a one hour photo session. The details.

Pump It Up of Chicago - NPN Members receive 15% off a fully loaded summer party pac...

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 6:15 AM by Ellie Ander

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (June 17 - June 23)

 


Wondering what to do this week in Chicago with and w/out your kids? Our NPN calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for kids and parents needing a mental break or extra fun.


 



 

FREE & Open to the Public:

 

- Tuesday, June 18, Developmental Differences Parent Support Group @ Bellybum Boutique

 

- Thursday, June 20, Picky Eating in Kids - Stop the Food Fight!!! @ The Kids Table

- Thursday,...

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 7:10 AM by Becky Reno