Posts from: February 2013

Organizing Tips for Single Parents

Being a parent is a tough role in itself, let alone when you’re playing the role for two.  With double the work and half the time, it is necessary to have some effective organizational tactics in place.  But these don’t have to be complicated; a few basic changes to your routine and your family’s lifestyle can really help alleviate the stress and create a happy household.

Here are some ways to reduce the challenges of having to play the dual role:

1) Meal Planning

Food constitu...

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Pooja Gugnani

Discounts On Great Events This Week!

You sure are busy this week! Venture out on Thursday night for the perfect girls night out for a cause. Then, on Saturday, gather up the kids and head over to the Cubby Bear, Wrigleyville for a morning of live children's music, crafts, games and food.

Girls Night Out - Go Red for Women - 2/28

Be Bold. Go Red and join B96, 104.3 K-HITS and Bath & Body Works to celebrate the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement on Thursday, February 28th, from 7-10pm at Alhambr...

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 8:05 AM by Ellie Ander

5 Reasons to Rock at Family Festival #GIVEAWAY

It's cold and there is no better way for your whole family to warm up than at this Saturday's NPN's 5th Annual Wake Up & Boogie Down Family Festival.  Party with us from 9:30am-12:30pm at The Cubby Bear - Wrigleyville. Thank you to Time Out Chicago Kids and 101.9fm The Mix for helping us make this party truly rock.  If you need to bring your wheels - Britax, BOB, and Stroller Strides will take good care of you at Stroller Parking 

#GIVEAWAY NEWS: Leave a comment below and get entered t...

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM by Sarah Cobb

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (Feb 24 - Mar 2)


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.  

Please join us at our best event of the year on Saturday March 2nd: NPN's Wake Up & Boogie Down 5th Annual Family Festival @ The Cubby Bear! It's guaranteed to be a rockin' good time with lots of room to dance and play!


Posted on February 24, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Amy Johnson

Sleep Struggles Part 3: Night Owls

Bedtime can be an ordeal even for the most patient parents.  Sleep struggles are a normal part of parenting, but we hope these tips will help your whole family rest a little easier!

To wrap up our Sleep Struggles NPN Blog series, we’d like to share a few tips for making bedtime worry-free: 

Make time to wind down. We’re all busy, so we know how tempting it can be to send the kids straight to bed after returning from the day’s activities. However, for most children, this do...

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Michele Berman

Sleep Struggles Part 2: Early Risers

The end of Daylight Savings Time can be tough for many families, but we know that a lot of you are dealing with an even an even more problematic year-round sleep issue that comes with living with an early riser.

Even an extra fifteen minutes of sleep each morning can make a big difference for busy parents, but many young children have a habit of waking up too early and disturbing the whole family’s sleep routine.

If this sounds like your child, please read on.

Tips to help your...

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Michele Berman

Sleep Struggles Part 1: Daylight Savings Time

It might feel like the holiday season just passed, but guess what? The end of Daylight Savings Time (Sunday March 10th at 2am) is only a few weeks away. While “springing ahead” is a sign that warmer days are approaching, if you have young children, it may also be a sign of difficult nights to come.

An hour of sleep probably does not seem like such a big deal to you, but it has a major effect on little ones. While some kids may be tired, lethargic and irritable as a result of the change...

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Michele Berman

Perks! The Dreamtree Shakers, UrbanSitter, Suzuki-Orff Music School, & more!

Get ready to Wake Up & Boogie Down on 3/2 with these fantastic discounts from a few of our Family Festival Partners. And if you haven't already purchased tix, see below for a discount on that!

The Dreamtree Shakers are a merry band of musicians and artists currently based in Chicago who perform music for children of all ages. NPN Members take $2 off each ticket purchased for Dreamtree Shakers' CD release concert on March 23 at the Old Town School of Folk Music. The details.


Posted on February 19, 2013 at 7:30 AM by Ellie Ander

Building Character Through Catholic Schooling

In his New York Times article, “What if the Secret to Success is Failure?” Paul Tough, author of Whatever It Takes and How Children Succeed, discusses the importance of character in determining the potential success of a student.  The article finds that the real ingredients for future success are not based solely on IQ, but are a combination of: “zest, grit, self-control, social intelligence, gratitude, optimism, curiosity.” The article goes on to ask, “What is good character? Is it really...

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Maria Ippolito

4 Creative Methods for Cultivating Confidence in Your Daughter

Many young girls struggle to be accepted by their peers. One day they have a friend, only to find that the next day they are left out. Many girls feel they have to be a certain way or look a certain way, and if they don't, they will lose the few friends they have. 

The frightening reality is that girls start to feel this social pressure in pre-school and kindergarten!


Although this behavior can be developmentally normal, it can also be damaging. Many girls take to heart ...

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Jill M Hope