Swim Lessons for Kids - Get what works!

Summer has arrived and with it comes frequent trips to the pool, beach, lake and water park.  As a dad of 2 little ones, I needed some expert advice on what to look for and expect when checking out swim lessons.  David Stephens, the Head Coach of the Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club and Wolfpack Swim School, has some great advice for Chicago parents:

Can your children handle themselves in the water without a flotation device? In the U.S., drowning is the second leading cause of death amon...

Posted on June 29, 2011 at 9:47 PM by Matthew Van Tuinen

Top 10 Tips: Healthy Before & After Baby

Around the Bump: Tips for staying healthy during and after your pregnancy!  Thank you to everyone who attended our special 6/16 event for Expecting & New Moms at Soulistic Studio & Spa.  Soulistic Studio & Spa, as an added bonus, stretched us through the benefits of exercise and relaxation for pregnancy and post pregnancy.  Check out the photos (thank you Julia Franzosa) of our wonderful soon to be and new mommies in their beautiful space!

 




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Posted on June 28, 2011 at 3:51 PM by Jasmine Jafferali

My Neighborhood - Family Fun in the Southport Corridor

NPN connects families in neighborhoods across Chicago.  Get inspired to check out a new part of the city or discover something fabulous just around the corner.  This stop: Southport Corridor with Megan - All aboard!  And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods.

My eight years of Chicago living have mostly been spent around the Southport Corridor. The first time around, I had just graduated college and loved the energy and bustle of all of the restaurants, boutiques and yes, many bars....

Posted on June 28, 2011 at 6:16 AM

Playdate of the month: Fire up the 4th of July!

Welcome to NPNʼs first Playdate of the month!  Here are a few easy and fun ways to fire up your 4th of July!

 

Hosting playdates are not only a great way to keep your child entertained and to see their friends. They are excellent opportunities to instill basic concepts in your child giving them the opportunity to learn how to plan, purchase for, set up and host something fun! We thought creating a playdate of the month would be a great way to inspire fun, seasonal and themed activi...

Posted on June 26, 2011 at 8:55 PM by Anne Book

NPN Renewal Bonus - Celebrate Building Blocks 15th Bday w/$15

NPN is thrilled to bring our members this special renewal bonus - an amazing way to kick off the summer!

Building Blocks Toy Store is celebrating 15 years as an independent Chicago toy store. What better way to show their dedication to families and Chicago than to offer NPN members a renewal bonus! All NPN members that Renew between June 27th and August 31st will receive a $15 Building Blocks Toy Store gift certificate by mail. Get another year of NPN's unique membership benefits and the p...

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 10:12 PM by Sarah Cobb

The 411 On Nanny Shares- Getting Organized

The 411 on Nanny Shares- Will it work for your family?

Special Three Part Series from Sarah Davis, Olive.You.Nanny

(Missed Part 1 and Part 2? Check them out!) 

Part 3 of 3: Getting (and keeping!) Organized

You may think that having two different families sharing one nanny can get confusing. Well, you’re right! But don’t worry, with proper foresight, planning and organization, there’s nothing to sweat. Here are a few points to help


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Posted on June 23, 2011 at 7:42 PM by Jessica Minahan

1st Rule of Sticker Club: Smile & Just Do It!

What is your 1st thought as a busy parent when you see an email come through with the title: "Come play - Sticker Club” and inside are all the makings of a chain letter - send it to 6 people and you get 36 letters with stickers in return?

At first, I admit, I was Debbie Downer about it.  Can I convince 6 other parents to participate given my reaction?  Do I have the time to deal with this?  After ignoring the email for a few days, I finally decided to take the  plunge!

I told Avery abou...

Posted on June 23, 2011 at 12:02 PM by Sarah Cobb

The 411 on Nanny Shares- Managing the Relationships

The 411 on Nanny Shares- Will it work for your family?

Special Three Part Series from Sarah Davis, Olive.You.Nanny

(Check out Part 1 on finding a partner family in case you missed it!)

Part 2 of 3: Managing the Relationships

Woohoo! You’ve found a great family to share with. Now, your nanny will have FOUR bosses?? How do you manage this?

It can already be intimidating to have a husband and wife combo to work for…then, add in another set of parents and things can get do...

Posted on June 23, 2011 at 6:00 AM by Jessica Minahan

The 411 on Nanny Shares- Finding the Perfect Family

The 411 on Nanny Shares- Will it work for your family?

Special Three Part Series from Sarah Davis, Olive.You.Nanny

Part 1 of 3:  First things first…How do you find a family to nanny share with?

No question, it is a pretty intimidating process to search for a nanny.  But, finding a family to nanny share with can also be tricky.  There are a lot of things to keep in mind as you look for both the perfect family and nanny to share your child with. Where do you even start??

Here...

Posted on June 22, 2011 at 8:05 AM by Jessica Minahan

June 23 CPS Board of Ed Meeting from CNC

NPN has partnered with the Chicago News Cooperative to help parents get answers to questions they have about Chicago schools.  CNC education reporters will contribute posts about how CPS works and what's happening at the board of education. CNC will also weigh in about state funding issues and trends in education. If you have a question you'd like to see addressed, please send it to cyednak@chicagonewscoop.org. CNC is our eyes and ears at the CPS Board of Education Meetings.


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Posted on June 22, 2011 at 7:39 AM by Crystal Yednak