Posts from: June 2014

Navigating the Mag Mile with the Kids

Navigating your way through the Mag Mile is no easy feat. As one of Chicago’s most crowded area, Michigan Avenue can be overwhelming for moms and families alike. Our Go To guide will help you make the best decisions on where to go, what to and how to get there.

People Watching:

·      Water Tower Place (835 N. Michigan Avenue)– One of the most popular shopping malls in the U.S., Water Tower Place is also the perfect place for people watching. Coupled with open seating, you and your...

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Katie Lewis

If Your Child Breaks a Bone...Tips from an Orthopedic Nurse

Warmer summer days usher in outdoor sports seasons and more outdoor play. They may also usher in more broken bones in children. If your child breaks a bone and it’s a stable fracture, meaning they don’t need surgery or a stay in the hospital right away, the emergency room will likely instruct parents to follow up with an orthopedist. As a certified pediatric nurse at Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Chicago, I wanted to offer some advice on what to know and what to bring to that orthoped...

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Jennifer Joy-Rhomberg

It's NPN Perk Tuesday! Your Discount to Toddler Explorations at Smart Love

Smart Love Toddler Explorations: Buy one class at $28 and get the second class FREE!

Come join the fun at Toddler Explorations (parents and toddlers 12-36 months), specially designed with your child’s development in mind. These 75-minute classes offer special together time while your toddler freely explores in an engaging learning environment. Smart Love has created a unique program that combines creative arts, motor play, and interactive music. Highly trained and knowledgeable teacher...

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 7:17 AM by Ellie Ander

10 Tips to Successfully Find a Summer Nanny

With school out for the summer many families will struggle to manage the summer chaos, especially with kids at home all day. For many parents hiring a nanny seems like the best approach but it can be time consuming to find just the right person. Following are my 10 tips to make your search for a summer nanny a bit easier.

1.     Plan Ahead – Try not to wait until the last minute as many summer nannies are looking for jobs that start as soon as possible.

2.     Create a job descript...

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Erin Krex

Best Playgrounds for the Potty-Training Toddler

We’ve all been faced with the dilemma – how can we leave our house to go anywhere knowing that at any minute we will hear the dreaded statement of “I need to go to the bathroom!” when potty training our kids.  Playground Pointers has a solution to help!  Here are some playgrounds around Chicago with adjacent fieldhouses – with bathrooms!  Just make sure you visit during weekdays when the fieldhouses will be open and bathroom facilities will be available.

Margate Playground

Location...

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Mistie Lucht

Fresh from the Forum: Summer Hot Topics

Start the summer off right! NPN’s discussion forums are chock-full of posts on topics - from pampers to preschool. Summer is heating up and so are the forums.

One of our members started a great discussion on sunscreen/bug sprays that are best for the kiddos. How do you lather up your little one? Check out the discussion here.

Another started a super thread on the best parks with and without splashpads, check out the discussion here.

Someone wanted to find some new running songs...

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Christa Reed

How to find a trusted doctor in Chicago

Looking for a reliable and experienced pediatrician, OB, dentist or speech therapist?

You can now find and recommend medical professionals quickly and easily from within your trusted NPN community. Our new Doctor Directory compiles member feedback straight from the Discussion Forum, making it easy to search by doctor name, specialty and location. Powered by Human Practice, we'll help you find the right doctor without the stress!

How it works:


Who has access to the directory...

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

It's NPN Perk Tuesday! 15% off your stay at Timber Ridge Lodge!

It's June 17th and today's NPN Parent Perks discount is brought to you by Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin!! Timber Ridge is the only all-season, all-suite, destination of its kind in the Midwest. It is a family bonding adventure that’s soaked in memories. With an arcade, food fit for a kid and access to all that Grand Geneva Resort & Spa has to offer, you’re never at a loss for activity.

Right now, exclusively for Neighborhood Parents Network members, e...

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 6:12 AM by Ellie Ander

Being a Wicker Park Mom

Moving to Wicker Park, Chicago 13 years ago, I had no idea that I’d also raise children here. It is incredibly different from the suburban town in Michigan were I grew up and while I sometimes feel a sense of nostalgia for my own childhood of rural roads and backyard adventures, I love raising my kids here.

I won’t deny that Wicker Park is busy! The 6 way intersection at Damen/North/Milwaukee is bustling, as is the Polish Triangle  at Ashland/Division/Milwaukee. In the summer sidewalk ...

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 7:30 AM by Amy Johnson

Parenting Comparisons

I am not a comparative type of person...until I became a Mom.

One of the first things I noticed after birthing a child was that all of a sudden—POOF!  I became both comparative and competitive.  What percentile was my child in?  Where did she fit in the developmental and growth percentages my pediatrician was always talking about?   Was she an early walker?  Does she sleep through the night? Was she smart and confident?  Does she play instruments and speak multiple languages? 

This...

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM by Tracy Scott