Category: All About NPN

Get ready to love NPN even more |

A few months ago, many of of our members completed our membership satisfaction survey and offered fantastic insight into not only how you use NPN, but also about how NPN can help you through your particular parenting challenges. We’ve taken your feedback to heart, and we’re excited to announce some events and features you’ll see in the coming weeks and months that provide the support and resources you’ve asked for!

Website improvements: We upgraded the forum in December—look for mor...

Posted on February 21, 2017 at 10:55 AM by Liz Knutson

Write for the next Parent to Parent newsletter |

Chicago winters can be challenging for little ones who want to play outside—and for parents trying to come up with activities to keep their kids busy! Luckily, the January issue of Parent to Parent is full of ideas for fun at-home activities and ways to beat the winter blues. If you haven't received the issue in your mailbox yet, you will very soon!

We're already working on collecting stories from our members for our next issue, which comes out in May. Contribute your personal parenting st...

Posted on January 13, 2017 at 4:37 PM by Laura Baginski

The 10 most-read NPN forum threads of 2016 |

However you feel about the events of 2016, you can't say it was boring. NPN members on our discussion forum certainly reflected the year's tensions, drama and uncertainties, posting questions and comments about everything from the presidential election to the CPS teachers' strike that wasn't to concerns about violence in their neighborhood.

But many of the most popular posts on our forums also highlight the perennial issues of being a parent in Chicago: Is my neighborhood school any go...

Posted on December 29, 2016 at 10:14 AM by Laura Baginski

The 5 most popular NPN blog posts of 2016 |

The most popular posts on the NPN blog this year had nothing to do with the presidential election, Prince or Angelina and Brad's divorce. Instead, they revolved around classic issues parents have been dealing with for ages: caring for special-needs kids, preschool, teachers' strikes and generally just trying to make raising kids in Chicago a bit easier.

5. The 1 essential skill kids should learn in preschool: Their ABCs? Colors? Shapes? Nope, nope and nope.

4. Childcare during the C...

Posted on December 27, 2016 at 1:30 PM by Laura Baginski

Finding support, advice & childcare just got easier! |

You asked and we answered: Introducing the new and improved NPN forums! You'll find they're easier to navigate, much more user-friendly (especially on your phone), and full of cool new bells and whistles. Now it's so much easier to get support, advice, a nanny or nanny share on main discussion forum and childcare classifieds! Let's take a tour of these new features, shall we?

1. Improved search function. Not only is the search function more powerful, yielding more relevant results, b...

Posted on December 27, 2016 at 9:02 AM by Laura Baginski

Please welcome our new executive director |

Photo credit: Tricia Koning Photography

We are thrilled to introduce you to our new Executive Director, Elizabeth Knutson! She will be joining the NPN team on August 8.

A mom of two girls living in Ravenswood Manor, Knutson has most recenty worked as Director of Marketing for the American Planning Association and the YMCA of Metro Chicago. 

“I feel beyond fortunate to work for an organization with a mission I personally embrace,” Knutson says. “My husband and I are committed to...

Posted on July 28, 2016 at 1:51 PM by Laura Baginski

Meet NPN volunteer Courtney Kashima |

Did you know that NPN relies on the energy ideas, and dedication of a vast array of volunteers? Most of our volunteers are parents just like you! Please meet Courtney, local mom, NPN member and volunteer who coordinates NPN events in Bucktown/Wicker Park.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm an urban planner which means I'm thinking about places (what makes them great, how they can be better) all the time. I'm a small-town girl (Galesburg, IL) but have called Chicago home for the last 1...

Posted on May 26, 2016 at 12:26 PM by Amy Johnson

Write for the Parent to Parent Schools Issue |

Have you received the Toddler Issue of Parent to Parent yet? If not, it should be in your mailbox soon. In the meantime, check out this pdf version. Kudus to our new managing editor, Lauren Viera, for doing such an incredible job, and for the fantastic writing from our awesome members! 

Which brings me to: writing for the September issue, which will focus on schools. We're looking for first-person, personal accounts from our members on the following school-related topics:

How you pro...

Posted on May 13, 2016 at 8:32 AM by Laura Baginski

Find parent support, advice & community with NPN |

Being a parent is hard. And, let's face it, being a parent in Chicago is even harder.

Not only is it tougher to find a supportive parenting community in an enormous city (good luck breaking into the mommy cliques on the playground!), but Chicago parents also have to contend with the, er, challenging school system in addition to other big-city issues like crime, a high cost of living and insane traffic. Luckily, Chicago is also home to gorgeous parks, fantastic schools, beautiful librar...

Posted on May 05, 2016 at 10:48 AM by Laura Baginski

Mother's Day gift ideas in NPN's Online Silent Auction |

Photo credit: M. G. Kafkas/Flickr

Oh, no! You didn't forget that Mother's Day is next Sunday, May 8, did you?

If you're stumped on what to get your mom, or want to give your loved ones a not-so-subtle hint on what you want for that special holiday, check out these amazing gift ideas available in the NPN Online Silent Auction presented by British Swim School:

2 BYOB art classes at One Strange Bird
1 month of unlimited classes at The Dailey Method
4 blowouts and shampoo from...

Posted on April 29, 2016 at 11:25 AM by Laura Baginski