Posts from: December 2011

Time to stuff those stockings!

Its funny how you just assume that everyone celebrates Christmas the way your family celebrated Christmas.  Then as you start to share a home with your spouse, and you quickly learn that your spouse’s family did not quite do it the same way mom did!  The first Christmas my hubby and I spent together I was shocked (…and a bit disappointed) to find toothpaste, Chapstick and socks in my stocking.  Where were the chocolate/almond Hershey Kisses, perfume and costume jewelry my mom always put in...

Posted on December 19, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Cindy McCarthy

Oh, That Dreaded Call…“We’re in the Emergency Room!”

On June 25, just 6 months after we adopted our precious baby girl (Pepper), I got that call (from my husband) that everyone dreads…”we’re in the emergency room…Pepper threw up after eating some leaves that might have been poisonous!”.  Ironically, I was on my way home from conducting a presentation on poison prevention education which concluded with my favorite two professional, (and now personal) mantras: …”Don’t stall, just call 1-800-222-1222” and “No issue too big or small, just call t...

Posted on December 16, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Vickie Dance

Picky Eating at Holiday Time

'Twas the holiday dinner and all through the ‘morn 

I slaved roasting turkey and dressing and corn

A feast full of holiday textures and smells

We gathered for dinner and it all went to ………

Stella, our little one, fell to the floor.

She screamed and she flailed and she ran for the door.

No turkey!  No corn!  No potatoes!  No beans!

Just give me my yogurt.  I won’t make a scene.

There are so many reasons why young children are very choosy about what they eat. ...

Posted on December 15, 2011 at 9:00 AM by Marsha Baker

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Posted on December 14, 2011 at 6:55 PM by Melanie Schlachter

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Posted on December 13, 2011 at 2:13 PM by Melanie Schlachter

Get to Know the NPN Dad's Group

The NPN social groups are a great way to make new friends, find playdates for your little ones and discover new resources.

Ian Smithdahl leads the Dad's Group and plans fun get-togethers every month!  Join him and other dads for a Spanish Playdate at Language Stars on Dec 17!

We asked Ian few questions to help you get to know him and the group.  Reach out to him directly with any questions or event ideas at  Look forward to seeing you soon!

Get to Know Ian:...

Posted on December 13, 2011 at 8:30 AM by Amy Johnson

NPN's Day at the Theatre- Good Night Moon PJ Party!

Dancing bunny? Singing mouse? Cow jumping over the moon? Hilarious, laugh-out loud fun (for both parents AND kids)? Yep, the Chicago Children’s Theatre production of Good Night Moon the Musical had it all! My daughter and I loved the show- seeing it in our PJ’s made it even more fun.  But, what made the afternoon truly perfect was the special post-show Pajama Party presented by NPN and! With face painting by K Grace Childcare, cookies and milk from COUNTRY Financial, family...

Posted on December 12, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Social Snapshot Winter Giveaway

Did you catch our new Social Snapshot spread in the latest issue of the Parent to Parent newsletter? Its the spot for connecting with families through our NPN Blog, Facebook, and Twitter!

NPN is running a special Winter Giveaway Promotion, now through December 25. Comment below, or tell us on Facebook or Twitter about a new or established family tradition you will enjoy this holiday season. One lucky winner will be selected to win a family 4-pack to Feld Entertainment's Disney On Ice p...

Posted on December 09, 2011 at 7:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Fresh from the Forum: Favorite Holiday Activities

NPN's discussion forums are chock-full of millions of posts on topics ranging from sleeping training to warm winter apparel!

As we are getting in the holiday spirit, the discussion board is buzzing with ideas for ways to celebrate that are unique to Chicago.


Recently, one of our members started a thread on their Favorite Holiday Fun Things To Do around the city. Check out the holly jolly happenings around town, such as taking a ride on the CTA Holiday Train and the Winter Hol...

Posted on December 08, 2011 at 7:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

THE Chicago Birthday Party Guide

Planning a birthday party was so easy for our parents.  They hung streamers and balloons, made a cake, invited kids, played “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” and called it a day.  I suppose that if we had more space in our city dwelling, it would be that easy for us, too.  That just isn’t the case for most city parents.  We have limited space to entertain all of our kids’ friends and most of our kids need more direction than one simple game or they become unruly.

Enter the Chicago birth...

Posted on December 07, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Beth Cohen Dorfman