Posts from: October 2012

The Best Breakfast Picks For Your Family

Whether you are training for the Strollers in the Front 5K Walk/Run or a standard marathon day of chasing kids, fueling in the beginning of the day is going to help keep your energy levels sustained so your kids don’t out run you.  By front loading your nutrients early, you’ll be less tempted to eat simple, refined carbohydrates during the mid-afternoon crash.  Eating breakfast not only helps with weight loss, it offers you an opportunity to get in many of your major nutrients and vitamins...

Posted on October 18, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Jasmine Jafferrali

Dealing with Anger

Ever wanted to say, “Stop screaming!” or  "Just get over it!” to your angry child?  Angry outbursts, temper tantrums, mean words, aggression, refusing to comply, back talk, and the silent treatment can really push parents’ buttons.  One of our greatest challenges and responsibilities is to teach children ways to manage their anger appropriately and develop the necessary coping skills.


Remain calm.  Feeling angry is okay.  Your anger will automatically escalate your ...

Posted on October 17, 2012 at 8:00 AM by Karen Jacobson

NPN Perks! Discount Tix to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents DRAGONS!

Here ye, here ye! NPN's featured Tuesday Parent Perk is discounted tickets to Ringling Bros. and Barnm & Bailey® Presents DRAGONS!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents DRAGONS! An all-new event, where for the first time in history, the legend of the dragon meets the magnificence of the circus! Click here to purchase tickets and SAVE $5 now with promo code ELEPHANT.  Valid for all performances except Saturdays at 3:30 pm or Sundays at 1 pm.  Not valid on Circus Celebrity...

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 1:45 PM by Ellie Ander

You've Got Mail! NPN Forum Private Messaging is here!

It is finally here!  NPN Members can now send and receive Private Messages via our Discussion Forums!  

We have all been there - you want to get in touch with another NPN member and you don't want to post your personal contact information:

A crib is for sale and you want to buy it
A nanny posted her services
A family wants to do a nanny share or recommend their nanny
A parent is going through a rough situation where you feel like you can help
You want to contact a parent ...

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

Mindful Parenting- Where is your smart phone?

Heart breaking…funny...poignant...eye many words to describe the moment my perceptive 5 year old asked me, "What do you like better, your phone and ipad or me?”  In response, I immediately stopped what I was working on and stated, "Of course you! I actually don't even like me phone or ipad.  I just need to use them to get stuff done...but I love you with all my heart.”  To this she replied, "Then why do you play with them more than you play with me?”  You just can't make this ...

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 8:30 AM by Debra Kissen

Family & Grown-Up City Fun - What to do this week in Chicago (Oct. 15-21)

Wondering what to do this week in Chicago with and w/o your kids? Our NPN Calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for families, grown-ups, shoppers, business owners, and parents needing a mental break.  See you around the city!!

FREE & Open to the Public:

- Oct. 16, Lil Sluggers North Center FREE Demo Class @ Welles Park (FAMILY FUN)

- Oct. 17, Working Moms Group Casual Lunch @ Med Kitchen (JUST FOR MOMS)

- Oct. 18, Picky Eater Playdate @ Little Beans ...

Posted on October 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM by Amy Johnson

A Parent & Dentist's Guide to Halloween - Keep them smiling!

While little trick-or-treaters look forward to Halloween festivities, many parents get concerned about the oral health hazards associated with holiday. Slowly snacking on candy every few hours, day after day, keeps teeth bathed in acid that leads to dental caries (cavities).

Candy is largely devoid of nutrients and constitutes empty calories. The best option is to allow children to eat their candy in one sitting and then get rid of the leftovers. In this scenario, acid will build ...

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Flavia Lamberghini

The Best Jogging Strollers - Top 3 Picks for Parents

With the Oct. 28th Strollers in the Front 5K Run & Walk benefitting NPN right around the corner, there is no better time than now to invest in a great walking or jogging stroller!  Our team at Bump Club and Beyond in Chicago, Austin, TX and Minneapolis, MN works with the best baby brands to showcase the hottest and most practical gear in the marketplace to moms and moms-to-be.

If you’re planning on gearing up for the Strollers in the Front 5K, here are some of our top pick...

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Lindsay Pinchuk

Parent Perks! $500 Scholarship, car seat safety checks, free services & more!

It's Tuesday Parent Perks. Whether you're expecting your 1st or your 3rd little one - these offers are a must to consider for any family thinking about or already driving a car.

Grossinger City Autoplex is the proud host of the Sat. Oct. 13 NPN Preschool & Elementary School Fair for the 2nd year!

WOW! Stop by their Oct. 13th table to sign in for a chance to win a $500 Scholarship good towards your child's school tuition. (1) random winner will be selected and notified via email...

Posted on October 09, 2012 at 9:00 AM by Ellie Ander

Oct 13 Preschool & Elementary School Fair - Must-Have Details

The Saturday, Oct. 13 Annual NPN 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 what to expect and how to prepare.
Create your Must-Visit list - what exhibitors you want to make sure you connect with.  To see who will be exhibiting at this Saturday's School Fair - scroll to the bottom of the School Fair Event page.

Posted on October 08, 2012 at 10:00 AM by Sarah Cobb