Posts from: October 2013

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (October 14-20)

Wondering what to do this week in Chicago with and w/out your kids? Our NPN calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for kids and parents needing a mental break or extra fun.


FREE & Open to the Public:


- Thurs, Oct 10, Attorney Moms - Happy Hour @ Cactus

Discounted & Open to the Public:

- Wed, Oct 9, New Mommy Mingle @ Sod Room 

- Thurs, Oct 10, Monthly Play Date at Little Beans! @ Little Beans Cafe...

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 7:30 AM by Becky Reno

Important Questions to Ask When Choosing a Child Care Center

You’ve just confirmed you’re pregnant and can’t wait to share the good news. Who should you call first? Your parents? Best friend?Nope.  If you’re considering group care after your maternity leave is over, the first people you should call are your local child care providers.

In this fantastic, family-friendly city, getting ahead of the game is essential to ensuring a smooth transition from maternity leave to group care. The last thing you’ll want to do with those precious last few week...

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Kids Work

One parent's decision on the toddler harnesses

You have probably had this conversation:  a mom berates the toddler harness and vows that she will not ever use it because her child is not a dog. Then someone says it’s not a bad idea because it keeps your kid from getting lost, etc.  I have avoided that conversation entirely.

Before I had my daughter, I mulled the master-pet analogy and thought it was true…and then cringed when I saw a father smack his son’s tush for wandering away in a store (a parent’s imagination can go wild if th...

Posted on October 09, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Kiran Advani

NPN Parent Perks Discounts: Health & Wellness

This week's NPN Parent Perks discounts are dedicated to keeping you and your family healthy. From fitness to nutrition and everything in between, check out these and more perks from NPN!

Prestige Personal Fitness personal trainers and yoga instructors travel to our client's home. We will supply all of the necessary tools so that you get a great workout. NPN members receive a FREE trial session and 15% off your first personal training or yoga package. More info.

American Maids, Inc....

Posted on October 07, 2013 at 7:53 PM by Ellie Ander

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (October 7-13)

Wondering what to do this week in Chicago with and w/out your kids? Our NPN calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for kids and parents needing a mental break or extra fun.


FREE & Open to the Public:


- Tues, Oct 8, How to Tackle the Terrible 2's & 3's @ Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

Discounted & Open to the Public:

- Tues, Oct 8, Moms in Business - Lunch & Twitter @ Multilingual Connections


Posted on October 07, 2013 at 7:30 AM by Becky Reno

Perks! 33% off 2 month tuition @ School of Rock

Sign up for performance program, Rock 101 @ School of Rock, before October 15th and receive 33% off two months of tuition! The first half-month is pro-rated. 

How: Call the front desk 773.857.3804 or email to set up your FREE 45 minute evaluation lesson just to "try it out". From there, ask all the questions you like, let us answer them and then make an informed decision if School of Rock is for you.

School of Rock Chicago is located at 3043 N. Ashland ...

Posted on October 05, 2013 at 6:03 AM by Ellie Ander

Fifteen signs of an excellent early childhood program

Finding the right early childhood program can be confusing and overwhelming.   Creating a wish list of what you hope your child will learn is a great place to start.  Do you want your child to: Cooperate with others? Learn to share? Improve physical skills? Gain confidence? Become a great reader? Solve math problems? Be creative? Learn about God’s love?  Enjoy school? Develop good habits?

When you start thinking about what you envision for your child, it can make the process easier. Th...

Posted on October 04, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Maria Ippolito

Hidden Hazards in the Home

Some things are obviously hazardous to our children, but others aren’t so clear. Listed below are 3 potential but hidden hazards to children as well as solutions for how to keep your kids safe from these hazards. 

Hidden hazard: Magnets

Doctors are seeing a rise in high powered, rare earth magnet ingestion, which can be very serious and even life threatening and often require surgical removal. These magnets can attach to each other within the body, across tissues, and cause serious...

Posted on October 03, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Dev Gowda

Caring For Your New Baby: Beyond Feeding and Sleeping

You safely made it home from the hospital and sort of, kind of, a little bit, started to acclimate to the tiny human being who has joined your family.  Just as you begin to get in a bit of a routine (it’s all sort of hazy because sleep isn’t really included in your life anymore!), your partner returns to work.  Now what!?!  You’ve heard tons of advice, some solicited, some not, about the best nursing tank tops, types of bottles, formula brands, non-leaky diapers, miracle blankets, rocking ...

Posted on October 02, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Allison Levine

NPN Perks! 50% off Bubbleween Extravaganza

NPN Members receive 50% off of a One-Day pass to the Bubbles Academy Bubbleween Extravaganza, a magical Halloween celebration for families (Oct 25 – Oct 29). Mention NPN Parent Perk over the phone to receive $10 off the $20 One-Day pass. Call 312-944-7677. Offer expires on October 29th.

Bubbles Academy is Chicago’s destination child enrichment center. For over 10 years, we have introduced children to music, art, dance and more programs that both celebrate and nurture their early d...

Posted on October 01, 2013 at 6:22 AM by Ellie Ander