Posts from: October 2011

Fall's Here! What's New in Maternity Style?

I’ll admit, when I was pregnant, I had no idea to dress to fit my changing (aka steadily expanding) body.  Sadly, many of my days were spent squeezed into ill-fitting, polyester maternity wear. Luckily, things have changed and staying stylish during pregnancy isn’t too hard!

So, what are this Fall’s top looks in maternity wear? Read what our friends at Kickin’ have to say about 5 MUST-HAVE's for an awesome fall pregnancy wardrobe.

1.) An awesome pair of good fitting jeans.  Jeans n...

Posted on October 19, 2011 at 11:30 AM by Trudy Robinson Foley

Halloween Can Be Too Spooky if You're Two!

Halloween can be, well spooky for little ones aged 12-36 months. Do not be surprised if your baby pumpkin seemed very calm celebrating at 9 months and 1 year later wants nothing to do with tricks or treats. It is common for children in this age range to be nervous about the strange costumes and unfamiliar appearances of those around them for Halloween. They do not yet have the ability to know that under that costume is their friendly neighbor or even their own big brother. So just be prepa...

Posted on October 18, 2011 at 9:30 AM by Sara Sladoje

Back to school doesn't have to mean back to germs

Follow these simple steps to keep germs at bay and your family healthy:

1. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using mild, soapy water. The Center for Disease Control posted guidelines on when and how to wash your hands this past summer at Handwashing: Clean Hands Saves Lives.

2. Make friends with the super bugs. Probiotics will definitely help boost everyone’s immunity and reduce the amount of colds and flus.

3. Anti-bacterial products are not what they claim to be. I...

Posted on October 17, 2011 at 8:37 AM by Jasmine Jafferali

Top 10 Tips to Start your School Search

With NPN's Annual Preschool & Elementary School Fair taking place this weekend, we've compiled our top 10 tips to start your search:

 1 - Determine your family's school search criteria. Consider factors such as cost, location, public or private, schedule, afterschool programs, etc.

 2 - Go to the NPN School page. Check out School Fair details and RSVP, download your NPN School eDirectory, and search the NPN Online School Directory.

 3 - Dip into the NPN Discussion Forum. Ac...

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 8:35 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Help little ones discover their inner bookworm

Do your kids love reading? Do you wish they would read more? Do you want them to learn to love books? It’s time for a trip to Open Books!

Bring your little ones, bookworms and reluctant readers to our colorful and inviting bookstore to inspire and encourage their love for the written word.

Open Books is a nonprofit bookstore with a special mission to enrich lives through reading, writing and the awesome power of used books. Located in River North, the store has over 50...

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Curtis Flagg

Have School Search Questions? We've Got Your Answers!

Remember those early days making friends with other parents at the park? Chatting away cheerfully while pushing your infant in the baby swing. Then, all of a sudden, the conversation takes a turn. Schools...Which ones are you thinking about? Classical? Gifted? Magnet Cluster? Private? Charter?! A whatawhat?!  You smile while the panic sets in, realizing you have no idea what these terms mean. You clearly have fallen way behind all the other parents in Chicago. You rush home and spend the e...

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 9:21 AM by Crystal Yednak

The Great Kindergarten Search: Do your homework!

If your child will be five on or before September 1, 2012, it’s time to begin your elementary school search. With hundreds of public and private schools in Chicago, the search for the perfect school can seem daunting. So where do you begin your search for the best school for your child?

Your school search is a multi-step process:

Understand your child and the things he/she needs to be successful. You may not find a school that addresses all your needs, so you should determine y...

Posted on October 12, 2011 at 6:14 AM by Geri Redd

Oct 15 School Fair - Must-Have Details

The Saturday, Oct. 15 Annual Preschool & Elementry School Fair is just days away!  Here are all of the details you need to prepare, arrive, and have a great school search experience.  


Read School Fair 101 for a helpful School Fair Q&A.

Create a Must-See list.  Review the list of exhibitors on our School Fair Event page (Scroll to the bottom of the page to see our list of 125 exhibitors)

Clean out your book shelves and bring a bag of ...

Posted on October 11, 2011 at 9:00 AM by Leslye Whittman

Playdate of the Month: October Mix It Up

Signs of Fall are here and the city is looking gorgeous.  The leaves are changing and mild yet brisk days are calling us to plan time outside!

Parks are perfect for Fall Playdates, and we are so fortunate to have incredible parks and tot lots in every neighborhood.  Here are some ways to plan a play date and Mix It Up this Fall.

1. Mix UP a FUN snack-

Last week I was inspired by the gorgeous trail mix bar at Lincoln Park Whole Foods.  We made a fun mix that had my so...

Posted on October 10, 2011 at 10:00 AM by Anne Book

Homework without Tears or Tantrums: One Month Later

One of the great things about being involved in NPN is the opportunity to seek experts to help address problems we are having at home.  The recent big one for our elementary school child was the nightly struggle over homework.  It seems that it is the last thing anyone wanted to do.  Fatigue.  Inattention.  Boredom.  Oh, and that's just me!

Last month's Nurturing Wisdom program "Homework without Tears of Tantrums" offered a lot of good tips on how to get homework done without a nightly...

Posted on October 07, 2011 at 9:00 AM by Bernadette Pawlik