Posts from: July 2012

The Dailey Method: 10 Tips to Stay Fit & Healthy Before & After Baby

As you get ready for the baby to arrive and as you return to working out after the big day, here are my 5 reasons to exercise before baby and 5 tips to lose the last 5 pounds after the baby.  Our team at The Dailey Method works with so many soon to be and new moms – so we are thrilled to partner with NPN as the 1st stop in their Fit & Healthy Before & After Baby Tour.  PLUS – enter our NPN Giveaway before 7/22 to win (1) unlimited month of The Dailey Method-Bucktown classes!


Posted on July 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM by Tami Conway

Parent-Approved Hot New Toys for a BBQ Playdate

Summer is in full force and what a blazingly hot one is has been. It's the time of the year for fireworks, waterparks and good American traditions like picnics and barbeques. Having a BBQ isn't fun without inviting your besties or your neighbors over to marvel over grillmaster's skills with the open flame. Cold beers keep big kids happy while new toys can make any backyard party exciting for little kids.  PLUS - Comment below and tell us what food your family loves to throw on the grill by...

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Katherine McHenry

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Working vs. Staying at Home

We’ve all heard the song. But when it comes to making the decision to leave your career and potentially become a stay-at-home parent, it may not always be as lyrical.

The NPN Discussion Forum is filled with parents grappling with work-life balance issues. Whether facing a change voluntarily or due to circumstances out of ones hands, we’ve heard lots about the benefits of staying in a career AND staying at home.

“If I go there will be trouble”


Besides the obvious need to p...

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

on the Go Chicago's Kid-Sized Happenings for Jul 14 & 15

We have on the go Chicago’s top picks for this weekend - July 14th & 15th - events that are just perfect for your family's city adventures!

Travel around the world this weekend without leaving Chicago.  From the Irish American Heritage Festival to Chinatown's Summer Fair, you'll have a blast introducing your little urban explorer to the food, music and culture of our diverse city.

#1 Irish American Heritage Festival

Irish American Heritage Center

Friday, Saturday ...

Posted on July 13, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Cindy McCarthy

Helping Your Baby Sleep

Having a new or not so new baby is a big delight for your family.  Happy as you are to have your baby, one of the challenges is to help her to sleep through the night.  A side benefit for you when your baby masters this developmental achievement is that you, too, will sleep better.

Sleep deprived parents of a crying baby often feel very tempted to let their infant cry himself to sleep so that they will be able to get some rest.  It is understandable how exhausted parents of a newborn c...

Posted on July 12, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Kelly Perez

Babysitting Co-Op: More than "Free" Babysitting

Are you fortunate enough to have friends and family nearby, willing to drop everything so that you can enjoy an evening out, attend an adults-only school function or just run some errands without kids in tow? If you're one of these lucky few, no need to read any further. The rest of you may want to read on. 


The typical cost for babysitting in Chicago starts around $10/hr and goes up from there. And a good sitter is tough to find. Our breaking point with sitte...

Posted on July 11, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Parent Perks! Discounts to Help Relieve Pressure

Congratulaions are in order whether you're expecting or have just welcomed your brand new bundle of amazement. Find a little relief from all of the physical and emotional pressure of your changing lives with a few wonderful discounts below. These are just for you - our expecting and new mommies and daddies. NPN members click here to upgrade your free ad and save 50%. is a new, online resource created for parents, by parents, dedicated to helping families...

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 1:35 PM by Ellie Ander

Let's Take a Trip

Visits to the museum, park or zoo should be enjoyable outings filled with quality family time. But all too often they feel stressful, rushed and exhausting. Many challenges during family outings result from transitions children are coping with, including:

Changes to their daily routine

Not knowing what to expect or what to do

Feeling too physically restrained or tired

Remember, it’s not so much what you do with your child, but how you do it. Help them feel secure ...

Posted on July 09, 2012 at 7:42 AM by Natalie Bortoli

on the Go Chicago's Kid-Sized Happenings for July 7 & 8

We have on the go Chicago’s top picks for this weekend - July 7th & 8th - events that are just perfect for your family's city adventures!

From family-friendly street festivals to bare knuckle baseball, kid-sized fun abounds througout Chicago this weekend!

#1. Lincoln Park Art & Music Festival

Racine between Fullerton & Webster

Saturday & Sunday from 12-10pm.  Kids area 12-4pm

$5 suggested donation

All Age

Enjoy great music and the wor...

Posted on July 06, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Cindy McCarthy

Tips for creating great outdoor portraits of your kids in the summer

Every parent I know loves taking photos of their child. Who could blame them? Their childhood is so fleeting and a photograph is a terrific way to remember a special time, day or moment in their lives. Summertime in Chicago, as we all know, is extra special as the city comes to live with boundless family fun activities. There are endless festivals, markets, visits to the parks and lakes, picnics, and so forth.

Here are 5 simple tips for creating great outdoor photos of your family...

Posted on July 05, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Shin Lim