Posts from: March 2013

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (Apr 1 - Apr 6)

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., April 2, Lincoln Park Moms Breakfast @ Nookies Too

- Tues., April 2, Mom's BYOB @ Namo Thai

- Thurs., April 4, After Notification Letters: What's Next? @ Daystar Center

- Sat., April 6, Saturday Movie Gr...

Posted on March 30, 2013 at 9:30 PM by Amy Johnson

What Now? Next Steps After CPS Notification Letters

Did the mailman deliver the mail on time today?  How long will it be before I get off work ?  I am so nervous that I can’t concentrate on anything.

These were the thoughts of several thousand parents the week of March 18th.  That is the day that CPS (Chicago Public Schools) began to mail acceptance letters for the 2013-2014 academic school year for selective enrollment  and magnet elementary school programs.  

Every spring, anxious parents wait for 2 letters from CPS; one for selec...

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 6:17 AM by Donna Bracey

New Baby, Meet Older Sibling: Parent Checklist

There are so many resources out there for new parents. By the time #2, 3, or 4 rolls around, Mom and Dad are expected to be experts and not need much help.

However, when bringing home a baby to older siblings, there can be a variety of challenges in place. When we have worked with families as both doulas and therapists, we have found that this is typically a top stressor for the parents. We all have a strong desire for our older kids to love their new siblings, but it can be more compl...

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Jenny Shully & Amanda Gordon

Passion and Purpose

Three Important Questions to Help Busy Moms Find Passion and Purpose Beyond Pampers and Play Dates:

“What is my purpose in life?” is one of THE most asked questions, and yet it seems that so few ever make this seemingly elusive discovery.

Our roles as busy mom, employee, wife, chauffeur, cook, diaper changer, play date organizer, schedule manager, errand-runner, tantrum-soother, fun-maker, homework enforcer, and more, often obscure our view of what is most important in our lives.

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Jill M Hope

The Puppy Campaign

Several months ago, I posted that my children were lobbying for a dog. I got great feedback, tips and opinions from dog lovers and haters alike.

Many, many months have passed and much thought has been put into the topic, and all the while my children have campaigned. What did this campaign look like? Well, there were many different projects and presentations involved.

First off, they did a lot of research. They found the perfect breed for a family of our size and one that could han...

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Julie Cole

Chicago Charter Schools 101

Over the past 15 years, charter schools in Chicago have become an attractive option for families. Some have a specialized focus, whereas others take a “back-to-basics” college- preparatory approach. Most, if not all, charter schools in Chicago put an emphasis on  innovative methods of teaching and learning.

To begin with, how do you find a charter school that is close to home and has high academic outcomes?  You can start by searching one of several databases that exist online:


Posted on March 25, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Kate Proto

A year in review, children’s products recalls of 2012

We get it. Life is busy and you fall behind on checking all those products laying around the house for recalls. That’s OK, KID understands. Not only is it hard to check the items you already have, but it’s really difficult to keep up with the almost two children’s product recalls that are happening every week.

That’s why we put all the recalls from 2012 together in an easy to read chart as part of our annual recall report Safe Sleep, Safe Play: Children’s Product Safety and Recalls in ...

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Dev Gowda

Fun Snacks in a Flash

Can’t get your kids to eat anything healthy? Is their idea of a snack chips, cookies or candy? Do they think healthy food isn’t any fun? Finding creative ways to entice the kids can definitely be a challenge. To help ease the pain, here are a few quick and healthy snack ideas from Stephanie Jensen of La Cuisine Personal Chef Service in Chicago. 


APPLE DIPPERS: Dip apple slices in maple syrup or honey and roll with your choice of shredded coconut, oats, puffed rice cere...

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Stephanie Jensen

Perks! Discounts For Newbies and Preggies

Whether you are expecting or have a new little bundle, we hope these discounts bring more joy!

Cici Pictures can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary with vivid inspirational imagery. Normally $495, NPN Members pay just $200 for a full 1-hour photo session in studio or on location, and includes one 5x7 professional print of your favorite shot. The details.

Fresh Tech Maid is an award winning home cleaning company specializing in safer and cleaner chemical-free home cleanin...

Posted on March 19, 2013 at 7:35 AM by Ellie Ander

5 parenting skills to get right from preschool to pre-teen

After working with preteens, teenagers and their parents for over a decade both as a teacher and a therapist, I have learned several ways that this age group will typically respond best to their parents.  These ah-ha moments helped me to discover the most successful ways parents can communicate with their child starting at an any age.  In fact, if parents can get these skills in place early on, it will pave a much easier road to those dreaded teenage years.

5 Parenting-musts as childre...

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Melanie Arons