How I Stopped Worrying and Deserted the Mommy War

My child was formula fed. My child was sleep trained. My child eats food that is not organic. The old me would give you a twenty-minute explanation of how each of these things happened (although never originally part of my plan). The new me recognizes that you probably don’t give a shit.

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the so-called “mommy wars.” After three and a half years of motherhood and reading the endless stream of social media posts on the subjec...

Posted on July 02, 2015 at 9:30 AM by Christa Reed

A Q & A with Chicago's Next Big Thing

Parker Krex isn’t waiting years to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. The 10 year-old Chicago native is already CEO of his own company, Brick loot. All it took was one good idea to make him, quite possibly, the areas youngest CEO. We asked him a few questions about what it's like to be a Kidpreneur!

How did you come up with the idea for Brick Loot?

I subscribed to a different subscription box, and I didn’t like the things inside it. I LOVE LEGO so I th...

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

Spa treatments with the kids in tow but out of sight!

Kid's Island is 3 businesses in 1 and provides a friendly and relaxing atmosphere for you and your children. They are a play space, a coffee shop (with a quiet work space upstairs) and a nail salon. Kid's Island also has the only indoor sandbox in Chicago, filled with 100% non-toxic sand. They also host Private Birthday Parties on the weekends.

Your day at Kid's Island might consist of the following:


A visit at the Wellness Nail Spa or two hours of quiet work t...

Posted on June 23, 2015 at 6:52 AM by Ellie Ander

Top 5 NPN Events This Week

Let's face it, Mother Nature hasn't given us the greatest summer weather yet. Here are a handful of great NPN events to get you out of the rain!

6/23 - Speed Sitting with Urban Sitter at the Land of Nod. Mix and mingle with local babysitters from UrbanSitter. NPN members who attend this event and sign up for UrbanSitter on the night of the event receive a $75 credit on UrbanSitter! Also, enjoy 10% off most items at the Land of Nod on the day of the event. 

6/...

Posted on June 22, 2015 at 12:25 PM by Christa Reed

These NPN Discounts are Summer Sizzlers!

Exclusive partner discounts just for NPN members!
 

Customizable one-on-one tutoring service for Chicago’s elementary school students.NPN members receive 15% off through 8/31.


 

Patricia Anderson Photography specializes in newborn portraiture, as well as custom family portraits.$250 off Digital Images for newborn sessions.

 

 

Speech, occupational and physical therapists with custom programs for your child. 15% off ...

Posted on June 16, 2015 at 6:18 AM by Ellie Ander

5 Safety Rules for Grandparents

Grandparents play a vital role in their grandchildren’s lives. 

They provide extra loving care when parents need a break and are a wealth of knowledge for tips and tricks to help new parents figure out the ropes. However, some things have changed in recent years, especially in regards to what we know about safety. In other words, what may have worked with your children may not be what is recommended as safe for your grandchildren.

To make sure you are up-to-date on the n...

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 11:44 AM by Laura Nikolovska

Preventing Summer Brain Drain - Even While Traveling!

Around this time every year, parents begin worrying about the dreaded “summer slide.” This term defines the learning loss kids experience over the summer due to the fact that they aren’t going to school every day and engaging their minds in reading, thinking and problem solving.

Many parents scoff at the notion that summer brain drain is something to take seriously, but it’s a very real threat to kids’ forward momentum. Research shows that children who don...

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 10:10 AM by Karen Quinn

NPN Exclusive Discount on ChiArts' First Ever Summer Camp

ChiArts is excited to begin offering summer camps designed for students in grades K-5 and 6-8 to explore the art of expression in theater, music, visual arts, creative writing and dance in a joyful and nurturing environment. In classes led by expert teaching artists and supported by ChiArts camp counselors and student apprentices, campers will receive pre-professional training in artistic disciplines and create original pieces for performance and showcase.

NPN Members-Only Di...

Posted on June 09, 2015 at 6:25 AM by Ellie Ander

3 Ways We (Unknowingly) Sabotage Our Child’s Self-Esteem

As parents, we do everything we can to nurture our children’s physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs. Yet, despite our best efforts to raise our kids to be resilient and have a strong sense of self, we see more and more children the victims of bullying.

When a child has healthy self-esteem, she is less likely to be the victim of bullying and more likely to make healthy choices that lead to a fulfilling life.

In my work with parents, I have found 3 common...

Posted on June 07, 2015 at 8:00 AM by Jill Hope

Top 4 Last Minute Summer Camp Options

Ok, believe it or not, Summer is finally here. Whether you like it or not, your kid(s) are going to need a break from you and the rigors of preschool/elementary school. Here are some amazing camp options that still have availibility this summer. Bonus: Each of them offer a very special discount only to NPN members. 

Little Beans Cafe: They have two great locations with super flexible options. The Chicago locations takes children ages 3-6 and their brand new Evanston locations...

Posted on June 03, 2015 at 1:25 PM by Christa Reed