Posts from: October 2011

Mommy (or Daddy) Only

Five tips to help your child ease into being cared for by someone else

1. Regularly share caretaking routines and playtime activities with other trusted people when you are there. Encourage others to hold and engage your child. Your child looks to you as his or her emotional barometer. Your tone of voice and body language will reinforce the idea that it’s OK to be in the arms of this relative or friend. Stay within sight so your child knows you are quickly available. Over time, you wil...

Posted on October 31, 2011 at 6:00 AM by Gail Conway

A is for Apple & Apple-Pumpkin Pancakes

October is National Apple Month!  At Purple Asparagus, our cars smell apple-licious as we cart Mutsu, Razor Russet, Scarlet O’Hara, and Lucky Jon’s apples to Chicago Public Schools all over Chicago.

Purple Asparagus is a non-profit that educates children, families and the community about eating that’s good for the body and the planet. Our cornerstone program, Delicious Nutritious Adventures, teaches elementary school students starting with a tasting and ending with a cooking lesson - k...

Posted on October 28, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Melissa Graham

Ask Dr. Julia - What is Death?

We are thrilled to introduce Dr. Julia Rahn, child psychologist and founder of Flourish Studios to our NPN Blog community.  As our children grow up, they come to us with anxieties, fears, and endless questions.  Some are easy to solve with a kiss and a hug, while others leave us stumbling over our own words.  Our "Ask Dr. Julia" blogs will give parents the tools and tips to navigate the bumpier waters.  With that said, lets jump in with a really tough one.

What Is Death?  One of severa...

Posted on October 27, 2011 at 9:00 AM by Julia Rahn

Oct 26 CPS Board of Ed Meeting from CNC

NPN has partnered with the Chicago News Cooperative to help parents get answers to questions they have about Chicago schools. CNC education reporters will contribute posts about how CPS works and what's happening at the board of education. CNC will also weigh in about education topics and trends. If you have a question you'd like to see addressed, please send it to 

CNC is our eyes and ears at the CPS Board of Education Meetings. Preview: Chicago Public...

Posted on October 26, 2011 at 9:55 AM by Crystal Yednak

NPN MIB - Make Working from Home Work

Our recent NPN Moms in Business event was a fantastic combination of these gettng organized with Sarah Nelson, of Less is More, along with a quick guide to the benefits of as little as a 5 minute workout - thanks to Orange Shoe Personal Fitness.  Thank you to our NPN Moms in Business host Shannon Valko, owner of Little Beans Cafe for a great night.  Please visit the Moms in Business page for upcoming events!

Work Smarter: Tips and Techniques for Efficiently Working from Home


Posted on October 26, 2011 at 9:00 AM by Sarah Nelson

NPN New Moms Groups-A must for new & even experienced moms

You probably joined NPN when you were pregnant because you were looking for childcare options for your soon-to-be baby.  You checked out Parent Universities and learned about cloth diapering and making your own baby food and then joined a New Moms Group and, voila!, you realized that NPN had more than paid for itself! 

NPN’s New Moms Groups are a truly unique way to connect with other brand new moms - plus they are FREE to NPN members.  Through the bonding over common concerns and expe...

Posted on October 25, 2011 at 7:00 AM by Beth Cohen-Dorfman

School Bells & Child Care: Do they ever ring together?

Backpacks packed, hot lunches ordered and off to school and work we went. Now I was ready to focus on my work. Until the first germ was spread.

After a few weeks, sure enough we were hit with our first of many sick days. Without a nanny or babysitter as a backup, my work schedule was quickly interrupted.

After the warm weather killed all the flu bugs, we had another glitch in the schedule: school holidays and breaks. I had used all my PTO days to take care of my sick daughter. How ...

Posted on October 24, 2011 at 6:00 AM by Sarah Wenning

Confessions of a Sloth Mom

Call me Sloth Mom.

Tiger Momdom requires energy  I'd rather devote to celebrity magazines and fruitless attempts to vanquish my mommy tummy. However, like most parents I hope to raise a "successful child" who will be a shining example of my great choices.  I just don't want to threaten to behead our son's Transformer figures if he doesn't study hard and pursuit worthy goals.

Consequently, I was thrilled when Nurturing Wisdom volunteered to present a program on "Developing Persisten...

Posted on October 23, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Parent Perk Discount Reminder! October Is Getting Down to Business

Calling all Moms In Business groupies, NPN business owners, directors and influencers alike! In case you missed this Tuesday's Parent Perk email, here is another chance to cash in on great discounts that are Getting Down to Business!

2 Moms Media & NW Designs Complete Media Kit - Effective marketing starts with effective messaging. Design a complete media kit for $720 (discounted from $900). This includes one client review and revision. Offer must be redeemed by December 31, 2011. ...

Posted on October 21, 2011 at 7:08 AM by Ellie Ander

Decoding Your Child's Behavior

It was the first week of school.  On the playground, a 6 year old was going down the slide with other boys his age.  As he waited in line, another child approached, suddenly grabbed his arm and pinched him.  The pincher's mom jumped into action, apologizing and explaining that her son had never acted like this before.  I sat wondering about the incident.  "Why had he pinched?"  "Was he angry at the boy?" "Afraid losing his place in line?" "Did the other boy say something or get too close?"...

Posted on October 20, 2011 at 6:34 AM by Karen Jacobson