Dish Duty: Tips for Teaching Kids about Dishwashing

Don't you love having "mommy's little helper" around, especially around dinnertime or when the kitchen's a wreck? I understand that's a loaded question, because although we adore our children and want to encourage them to lend a hand, sometimes their "help" merely creates more work for us in the long run!

But if you want to start your kids out on the right foot when it comes to assisting in the kitchen cleanup, there are definitely best practices in ...

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM by Rheney Williams

Perk Tuesday! 15% Off Your Stay at Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark

Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 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.

Neighborhood Parents Network members enjoy 15% off Best Available Rates on stays through August 31, 2014 when you book by A...

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 8:03 PM by Ellie Ander

How do you build your family network?

Who is in your family support network? Studies show one of the top 7 things happy families have is a strong support network - or mom friends!

I recenly chatted with Alison de Castro, host of the new family television program Playground Chicago, to discuss ways to build your network.

Here are some top tips:



Make it a point to get out of the house! Pick events or outings to go to where you’ll be in the position of meeting people. I suggest finding a moms group - NP...

Posted on July 12, 2014 at 5:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

7 Best Chicago Playgrounds for Climbing

As your kids get older, perhaps playgrounds are not their first choice for outdoor playtime anymore.  Before they retire their sliding and swinging skills, check out these playgrounds that have more challenging climbing structures.  Get in on the fun yourself and challenge them to a climb – you’ll be amazed how interesting these playgrounds can be for even you!

Union Playground

Location: 1501 W. Randolph St., Near West Side Neighborhood

Challenge Deta...

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 7:30 AM by Mistie Lucht

Perks! Newbie or Expecting? These are discounts just for you!

Thanks very much to this week's Parent Perks sponsors! Check out these and 140+ more discounts at your finger tips via our Perks site!

Custom Life Casting is the process of creating a sculpture from the imprint or cast of a person's body or face. It's a perfect and timeless way to honor the most precious moments in your life. NPN Member will receive 15% off ANY Life Casting Service! The Code...

Meez Meals makes it easy to cook delicious dinners from ...

Posted on July 08, 2014 at 6:14 AM by Ellie Ander

Get your kids to stop fighting, TODAY!

Even though you may believe that the sole purpose of your children’s fighting is to drive you crazy, they are actually exhibiting basic survival behavior.  Human survival is based on ability to get needs met.  Children need food, shelter, clothing and their parent’s attention.  When your attention is in limited supply (and whose attention is NOT in a limited supply these days?), your children will do whatever it takes to get you focused on them again.

While m...

Posted on July 07, 2014 at 10:00 AM by Andrea Bushala

Summer is here – are you and your kids ready and safe?

With warmer days and summer upon us, it's the perfect time to think about getting your kids back outdoors, lots of fun in the sun and making sure they're ready to be safe and independent swimmers.

It seems like every time you read an article on water safety the same tips come up: vigilance, protective pool fences, alarms on doors…. We all read them and agree that these are, indeed, very wise pieces of advice but often think "it’ll never happen to me" when...

Posted on July 01, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Antony White

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 watch...

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 ...

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....

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