Parent University

NPN's Parent University Speaker Series brings you pertinent information on parenting and lifestyle issues. Each event will not only provide interaction with a professional on the topic of the day, but also a chance to connect with and learn from other parents. Parent University is one of the many ways NPN facilitates interaction among our member parents while providing you with educational resources. If you have an idea for a future speaker/session, please contact us at

An E-Ticket is required to attend all Parent University Speaker Series events - 1 adult per each E-ticket.

Next Event

  *EVENT FULL* Potty Training 101 @ Kidville Chicago - Lincoln Park
Location: Kidville Chicago - Lincoln Park
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM · Mar 9, 2017
Who: Members only - Adults only
Parking: Parking garage attached. Event parking details TBA.
Cost: Free
Coordinator: Didi Lewis
PLEASE NOTE:  This event is currently at full capacity. You may RSVP to be added to the waitlist and we will contact you as soon as seats become available and/or an additional event date is set. 
Getting ready to start the dreaded process of Potty Training? We've got help on the way!!
Join NPN as pediatrician, Dr. Tim Porter, M.D., F.A.A.P., discusses potty training from the basics to managing those extra tricky trainers. No one ever said potty training would be easy, but Dr. Porter will talk about ways to make the process as pain-free as possible. Topics for discussion include: developmental cues, general strategies, and troubleshooting. Bring your questions and stories, and prepare for some laughs!

Dr. Tim is a pediatrician with Weissbluth Pediatrics. He completed his potty training at the home of Jim and Polly Porter in Iowa City, Iowa, and his pediatric medical training at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He is a Health Systems Clinician at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Please RSVP, space is limited. Open to NPN members. While this event is for adults-only, lap babies are welcome. 
Special thanks to our friends at Kidville-Lincoln Park for hosting this event.
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Meet the Co-Chairs

Didi Lewis Didi joined NPN in 2010 while researching school options for her son and seeking support from other working moms. When her daughter came along the following year, her fondness for NPN, its activity-packed event calendar, and its active discussion board grew. With a JD and certificate in Family Law from DePaul College of Law, her dedication to the local parent community in her downtown neighborhood, and her passion for advocating family life in the big city (she’s also a proud CPS grad), Didi happily joined the NPN staff in 2013. As School Choice, Programming and Outreach Manager, Didi is excited about helping Chicago parents learn about educational options within the city and discover all of the amazing benefits NPN has to offer for new and growing urban families. After spending her entire life as a north-sider, Didi now lives in the South Loop with her south-sider husband Rod and their city kids, RJ and Rio.

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