Please welcome our new executive director | NPNparents.org

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We are thrilled to introduce you to our new Executive Director, Elizabeth Knutson! She will be joining the NPN team on August 8.

A mom of two girls living in Ravenswood Manor, Knutson has most recenty worked as Director of Marketing for the American Planning Association and the YMCA of Metro Chicago. 

“I feel beyond fortunate to work for an organization with a mission I personally embrace,” Knutson says. “My husband and I are committed to...

Posted on July 28, 2016 at 1:51 PM by Laura Baginski

5 reasons exercise makes families happier | NPNparents.org

 

*SPONSORED BY RAM RACING*

 

Kids are supposed to get 60 minutes of exercise per day, and adults should be exercising for 2 hours and 30 minutes per week. That's the amount of time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children and adults should be devoting to aerobic, bone-strengthening and muscle-building activity. 

But, as parents know, the allure of tablets, smartphones and TV can be so strong for some kids that simply getting them off the couch is a...

Posted on July 26, 2016 at 9:49 AM

Fall session savings at Lil' Kickers Chicago | NPNparents.org

Whether your child is new to soccer or already has developed a love for the game, the progressive nature of the Lil' Kickers program offers a place for children at every level. 

Lil' Kickers classes are available to children ages 18 months to 9 years. The Lil' Kickers curriculum was developed using renowned child development theory, so classes are tailored to specific ages and abilities, and can accommodate most children. 

NPN members get FREE registration ($36 value) when you register ...

Posted on July 26, 2016 at 6:19 AM by Ellie Ander

How to survive your child's time in the NICU | NPNparents.org

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While many NICU stays come as a surprise, sometimes parents are told to anticipate their child needing specialized care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in advance. Leaving the hospital without your baby is never easy, whether you had the opportunity to emotionally prepare for it or not.

 

For parents anticipating this very stressful and challenging time, l have compiled a list of resources to reduce stress, increase bonding and make the...

Posted on July 25, 2016 at 9:28 AM by Julianne Neely

6 product recalls parents should know about | NPNparents.org

 

Not only is summer officially underway but also we are halfway through the year! We want to keep you posted on some of the largest recalls of 2016 so far, which are listed below. For a full list of recalls, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission. To keep up with recalls, follow Kids in Danger on Facebook and Twitter) and sign up for our monthly alerts.

 

IKEA MALM chests and dressers
29 million recalled, 5 deaths, 41 injuries reported

IKEA recalled MALM and other mo...

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 11:23 AM by Laura Nikolovska

I met my mommy match on a blind date | NPNparents.org

 

Motherhood is a mix of emotions: excitement, exhaustion and, of course, endless amounts of love. But here’s the thing: Motherhood can also bring up another feeling that not a lot of people talk about. Loneliness. I am lucky to have most of my family and friends living in Chicagoland, but many of them weren’t entrenched in the world of diapers and feeding schedules like I was. I needed to build my own mama tribe, and I didn’t know where to start.

 

Whenever my baby and I would g...

Posted on July 14, 2016 at 3:21 PM by Amanda Simkin

I fear my black son becoming a man | NPNparents.org

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You fear viruses, kidnapping, accidents, and other parenting woes. I fear the day my sweet baby boy becomes a black man.  

I fear the world that doesn't value his life. The world that lives in denial, claiming all lives matter to them. 

 

When I think about the day my son will drive a car and be stopped by the police, I shudder in fear. I wonder, How I can protect him, a camera in his car? An alert that will dial me immediately and send me his loca...

Posted on July 11, 2016 at 9:14 AM by Julianne Neely

6 sensory activities to try at home | NPNparents.org

 

*SPONSORED BY JCC CHICAGO*
 

As human beings, we’re hard-wired from birth to explore the world through our senses. The way we receive and respond to sensory stimuli has a powerful impact on our experiences. Creating opportunities for children to explore sets them up for long-term success with essential skills including problem solving, decision making, curiosity and perseverance.

Long before they become proficient with language, young children discover through their senses. It...

Posted on June 29, 2016 at 8:24 AM

The benefits of teaching your baby sign language | NPNparents.org

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*SPONSORED BY LUMIERE CHILDREN'S THERAPY*
 

Baby sign language is a popular way for families to encourage language at an early age. Babies usually do not say their first word until 12 months old—a full year is a long time to guess what your child wants and/or needs! Teaching your baby sign language allows you and your baby to communicate with each other before verbal language develops.                                              

Benefits o...

Posted on June 27, 2016 at 9:25 AM by Vasilikitsa Antonopoulos

5 things moms should never say to other moms | NPNparents.org

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Motherhood will make you feel every single emotion possible, including some emotions you didn't even know existed. But there's nothing like the anger/annoyance of an unnecessary comment from another mother. You know, someone who is going or has gone through the very thing you're going through, but somehow feels the need to express disdain or criticize the job you're trying your best at.

So here are 5 things moms should never say to other moms:

"Jus...

Posted on June 23, 2016 at 12:13 PM by Lauren Plotkin