Posts from: July 2013

A Day in the Life of an Infant at Day Care

Truth:Taking your infant to day care for the very first time is going to be way harder on you than it is on them, but it is still a big family transition.

More Truth: While you are toiling away in the working world, your baby is going to be living the life, playing with new fun toys, painting beautiful works of art, and listening to her friends and teachers sing songs.

Don’t believe it? Let’s do a little comparison of your average working day versus your baby’s time spent at Kids’ ...

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Kids Work

Perks! $75 off Music Institute of Chicago Classes, Gold Coast & Evanston

Enjoy your Parent Perk of the week! $75 off any Music Institute of Chicago Musikgarten® early childhood music and movement class. Call 847.905.1500, ext. 127 and mention code NPN-MUS831, or click here. More details below.

Founded in 1931, the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) is one of the nation's finest community music schools and a respected music education leader. MIC Musikgarten® classes offer a comprehensive, sequential plan for the musical development of children, birth to a...

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Ellie Ander

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (July 29 - August 4)

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, July 29, Play Date in the Park @ PFC Milton Olive Park

- Friday, August 2, The Big Latch On @ Sod Room

- Saturday, August 3, Breastfeed Chicago's: The Big Latch On @ Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

- Satu...

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 7:10 AM by Becky Reno

Have fun, Make Friends, Make a Difference. Volunteer with NPN!

Neighborhood Parents Network needs you! NPN volunteers have fun, make friends, and make a difference. You can too! Here are some ways for you to volunteer with NPN this year. Email amy@npnparents.org to sign up! 

 

Done in a Day – Mix & mingle with guests, help with check-in, setup and clean up, etc. If you can only stay for part of the volunteer shift, that is ok! 

8/27 - Summer Soccer Bash, Chitown Futbol Pilsen, (8:30am - 10:30am) or (10:00am - 12:00pm)

8/29 - B...

Posted on July 27, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Amy Johnson

5 Tips For Working Out Before And After Baby

Exercise during pregnancy is an important part of managing the changes that occur to your body in order to accommodate the growing baby. An exercise program will help you feel your best, help you sleep and help keep your weight gain to a healthy amount. Exercise will also help you in the labor room, and it is never too late to start.

Get clearance from your care provider before starting an exercise routine:

1. Cardiovascular exercise should be the cornerstone of your workout. You w...

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Jill Stein

5 Steps for a Cleaner and Greener Home PLUS Giveaway!

Create a safe and happy home for your family! We all know that toxins are all around us (and largely unavoidable), but there is something you can do. Keep safe cleaning supplies on hand to make your home a little greener…while making it cleaner!


Step #1: Assess your surroundings. Think about what you are currently using to clean the following: laundry, bottles/sippy cups, pacifiers, toys and highchairs. Remember these items are in mouths and in contact with skin. Cleaning product m...

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Dapple Kelly

Perks! Discounts for Expecting & New Parents

Perks! Discounts for New & Expecting Parents!

Meez Meals makes it easy to cook delicious dinners from scratch. We deliver everything you need prepped and ready to go: The onions are diced, the spices are measured, and you get to do the fun part - the cooking. Discount: Get 50% off your first order with code NPN50 through 8/31. More info.

Little Green Tree House is a vibrant early childhood education center for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. LGTH provides high quality care co...

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 7:11 AM by Ellie Ander

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (July 22-July 28)

 


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, July 29, Play Date in the Park @ PFC Milton Olive Park

- Friday, August 2, The Big Latch On @ Sod Room

- Saturday, August 3, Breastfeed Chicago's: The Big Latch On @ Hyde Park Neighb...

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 7:45 AM by Becky Reno

Divorced Parents: Making the Most of a Parenting Schedule

As mom of a toddler and a divorce attorney, I have a unique understanding of the challenges divorced parents face when trying to determine a parenting schedule. Parents often worry about the impact of their divorce on their child, especially when the child is an infant or toddler. Changes will occur to the child’s daily routine, including adjusting to having two “homes” and  not seeing Mommy or Daddy every day. Here are a few things parents should consider when establishing or modifying th...

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Kimberly Cook

Attitude Adjustment Time! Big Dog vs. Underdog Parenting

Anyone who is a parent knows that the job is tough. Really tough. If we moms and dads were really honest with ourselves, we'd have to admit that we had almost no idea what we were getting into when we brought that first baby home.

The old saying about kids not coming with a training manual is true. And the problem of "What do I do with this kid?" is intensified for parents in our contemporary rush-rush, worry-worry world. The problem is that when parents don't quite know what they're d...

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 7:07 AM by Thomas Phelan