Tips for Preparing Kids for a New Babysitter

Congrats! You’ve hired a new babysitter. You feel like you’ve won the lottery, and you’re already dreaming of future date nights. You’re nervous about walking out the door that first time and leaving the sitter in charge, but you know she’s bright, fun, and more than capable. Your kids might not be so sure, though. If you’re anything like me, it can be easy to focus on emergency numbers and pantry items and forget to take time to get the kiddos settled w...

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 5:00 AM by Jenny Rowland

NPN Summer savings at Language Stars!

Language Stars summer programs provide an opportunity for increased language exposure through a variety of fun and engaging activities. Whether this is your first introduction to foreign language or you are an experienced linguist, our play-based interactions in a full-immersion environment will allow your child to build their foreign language the way a native speaker does. Classes include:

Parents and Tots Classes (Ages 1-3 years)

Kids Only Classes (Ages 3-10 years)


Posted on May 19, 2015 at 8:45 AM by Ellie Ander

Summer Splash at Timber Ridge for $109/night!

Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark is the only all-season, all-suite destination of its kind in the Midwest. Featuring the 50,000-square-foot Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark, an arcade and kid-friendly food — plus all the great activities at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa — Timber Ridge is the Midwest’s best four-season family adventure.

Start getting the kids pumped up for their 'suite' summer splash vacation! NPN Members receive exclusive rates starting a...

Posted on May 14, 2015 at 6:30 AM by Ellie Ander

Beyond the Playground

As warm weather approaches, the great outdoors seems to beckon children and parents alike. Slides, swings, and climbing structures welcome summer play with open arms, and parents enjoy watching their children release energy freely. While playground equipment is engaging for a time, it can quickly become dull when used in the same manner everyday. Below are some ways to make outside time more enjoyable and allow parents to be active participants in the excitement of summer while strengtheni...

Posted on May 13, 2015 at 3:29 PM by Lincoln Park Preschool and Kindergarten

NPN Has a Group for That!

Are you looking to connect with other parents with whom you have something in common? We can help you find your niche.

Our calendar is filled with events. Parent-volunteers lead most of our groups and plan events for all types of families.

Here is a sample of their unique offerings:

Postpartum Discussion Group for Moms – An opportunity to meet other moms who are working through the same excitement and challenges as you. This group will facilitate discussions that will add...

Posted on May 12, 2015 at 4:47 PM by Amy Johnson

NPN Exclusive Discount! Kick it with Lil' Kickers

Lil' Kickers Chicago is a child development program filled with creativity, high-energy coaches and loads of fun. Classes are available for children ages 18 months to 12 years old. The curriculum was developed using renowned child development theory, so classes are tailored to specific ages and abilities and can accommodate most children. Lil' Kickers coaches are trained in child development theory and incorporate a developmental perspective when approaching children - always mindf...

Posted on May 12, 2015 at 7:00 AM by Ellie Ander

5 Tips For Your Next At-Home Birthday Party

Remember having birthday parties at home? They don’t have to be a thing of the past. Parties at home are more affordable, and generally more comfortable. So how do you avoid hordes of children wreaking havoc in your house? It’s all in the planning…

The main key to having a manageable party at home is party size. Keeping the guest list to 8-10 children works best.

Consider your child's interests and include them in the party planning process. Chances are...

Posted on May 07, 2015 at 9:00 AM by Maggi Steib

NPN Discount - $99 swim lessons + great prizes!

May is water safety month, and to help spread awareness British Swim School is passing forward a fantastic discount for all NPN members - $99 for 6 weeks of consecutive lessons (once a week) OR $155 for 6 weeks of consecutive lesson (twice a week) and a FREE swim cap! Simply login to your NPN account and go HERE to view important details on how redeem. PLUS share your favorite memories in the water, at the beach or in swim class and win BIG with the British Swim School's Wate...

Posted on May 07, 2015 at 6:36 AM by Ellie Ander

The Best Kept Secret About Breastfeeding

There are very few secrets left about breastfeeding. We know it’s great for baby; most of us know the benefits to mom’s health, too. It’s always available, it’s always the right temperature, it’s a package of love if/when you return to work, blah, blah, blah… We know all that.

We also know the more challenging side of breastfeeding: the clogged ducts and teething and pumping and messiness of it all. Breastfeeding horror stories abound in new moms gr...

Posted on May 06, 2015 at 3:55 PM by Katrina Pavlik

Top 5 NPN Resources for Expecting Parents!

We are constantly meeting new families that are looking for the resources they need as they begin the exciting journey of parenting in Chicago. Whether you are new to the city or born and raised (like myself), NPN has some really amazing resources for the newly pregnant family. 

Here are 5 AWESOME ways to get a GREAT value out of your NPN membership when you're expecting:

5. Parent Perks. Your NPN membership gives  you thousands of dollars of poten...

Posted on May 05, 2015 at 7:45 AM by Christa Reed