Posts from: July 2012

How do I pick a great activity for my child? What parents should know

After you figure out which activities sound interesting, how do you pick the right one for your child? A word-of-mouth reference about a program that is new to your family is great, but when you don’t already have the inside scoop, here’s how to get it.

What to check ahead of time...

In Chicago, all children’s programs require a Children’s Activities Facility license ensuring that staff have passed a State Police background check and the facility has passed Fire and Buildi...

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Candice Blansett-Cummins

Back to School: Backpacks 101

The first day of school for your little one has arrived, seems like only yesterday your child was uttering his or her first words and taking his or her first steps. You've done all you can to protect and prepare your child (and yourself) for this big day. Have you however, considered the importance of your child's first backpack? Misuse of backpacks by either over packing or wearing them incorrectly could do damage to your child's spine and lead to chronic back, neck and/or shoulder pain.

Posted on July 30, 2012 at 7:02 AM by Dr Sarah Weber

on the Go Chicago's Kid-Sized Happenings for July 28 & 29

We have on the go Chicago’s top picks for this weekend - July 28th & 29th - events that are just perfect for your family's city adventures!

From parties celebrating Thomas the Train to the Kaledoscope Family Festival at The Art Institute, family fun abounds all over Chicagoland!  Grab the kids, and go have some kid-sized fun!

#1 All Aboard Thomas

Building Blocks Toy Store - Lakeview 

Saturday, 10am-12pm


All Ages


Posted on July 27, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Cindy McCarthy

Clean out your Closets: How to Earn $$ & BIG Giveaway

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During these challenging economic times, wouldn’t it be...

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Kristin Myers

New NPN Discussion Forum - Sneak Peak!

The NEW NPN Discussion Forum is launching very soon!  We can't wait to show you all of the cool features and enhancements. As with all technology projects, things always take a little longer than expected and given the thousands of forum posts and nearly 6,000 users, we want to make this a smooth and seamless transition. We thank you for your patience as we roll out this exciting new tool.

Here are a just a few of the newest features that are on their way:

Separate Ch...

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Parent Perks! 25% off Your Childcare Search with

Not too long ago I was in a baby sitting crises. Our beloved sitter had accepted a full-time position with benefits at a local daycare center and was putting in her *gasp* two weeks notice. I was very excited for her new endeavor, but... it was time to hit the pavement in search for another wonderful caregiver for our family. 

Hiring a new caregiver means remembering that the lines of communication need to be 100% open. As nervous as I was about introducing a new person into my childre...

Posted on July 24, 2012 at 2:01 PM by Ellie Ander

A Dad’s Perspective (I got this!)

It has been one of the greatest joys of my life to raise my daughter. This is my first child, so I had no idea what to expect, even after reading all the books.

Since I was the baby in my immediate family, I got used to getting almost everything I wanted, but I didn’t want to spoil my daughter in the same way. I have found it’s okay to go with the flow and let your natural instincts shine through.

My 22-month-old daughter is just as independent as a typical two-year-old. She says “...

Posted on July 24, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Joseph Kerney

CPR has changed. Parents - are you prepared?

Have you heard that the American Heart Association recently issued new CPR guidelines?  When was your last CPR class, and why is this important for parents?  Choking is the #1 cause of accidental death in infants and a leading cause of death in children under the age of 3. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all parents know what to do in a choking emergency.  Many parents don’t realize that ‘choking and CPR’ are two intertwined skills. CPR classes teach parents how to handl...

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 7:00 AM by kim wilschek

on the Go Chicago's Kid-Sized Happenings for Jul 21 & 22

We have on the go Chicago’s top picks for this weekend - July 21st & 22nd - events that are just perfect for your family's city adventures!

This weekend is packed with summer festivals that are perfect for a family outing.  Street festivals are not just for drinking beer and listening to cover bands.  Most of the city's best festivals have dedicated kids areas, and this weekend's festivals have everything from pony rides to balloon twisters.

#1 Sheffield Garden Walk


Posted on July 20, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Cindy McCarthy

First Hurdle to Home Ownership

No matter if you are expecting a new addition to your family, need more space for the toys strewn all over (how amazing would an actual family room be!), or just want to move to a new neighborhood and school district—the thought of undertaking the home buying process can be a little daunting, especially for first time home buyers.  The biggest and first hurdle (anyone else excited for the Olympics?!) you should clear is talking to a lender!  I can’t stress this point enough, even if you do...

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Abby Smidt