Posts from: March 2013

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (Mar 17 - Mar 24)


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., Mar. 19, Developmental Differences Parent Support Group @ Julius Meinl

- Wed., Mar. 20, Time Management for Kids & Busy Parents: Tips & Tools @ Lakeshore Sport & Fitness

- Thurs., March 21, Pediatric Dentistr...

Posted on March 17, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Amy Johnson

Before & After Baby: fitness, food, sleep & support

It seems to take an army of support and information to feel like you are equiped with what you need before and after the baby arrives!  The Helios Center For Movement recently brought in the “Armed Forces of Perinatal Wellness!”, sponsored by Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago, to share advice on movement, nutrition, pregnancy myths, and sleep training for both mother and child. 

Our army of experts included: Helios Owner, Jenna Zaffino, Nutritionist Jasmine Jafferali, OBGYN Dr. J...

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 6:30 AM by Jenna Zaffino

5 Easy Ways to Bond with Your New Baby

Most new moms hear that breastfeeding is a great way to bond with their new baby.  But somewhere along the way, breastfeeding has become a source of heartache for new mothers.  Whether they’re unable to breastfeed due to medical conditions, work-life balance, discomfort – whatever the reason – many women make the decision to not breastfeed and then feel guilty about it.

Juli Billings Walter, CocoonCare’s in-house lactation consultant, says that the reason most women decide to stop brea...

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 11:02 AM by Kiran Advani

Hot Topic: Wellness in Chicago Public Schools

This past fall,  we saw remarkable milestones for school wellness in Chicago. At the Chicago Board of Education’s meeting in November, the Board passed a Healthy Snack and Beverage Policy. In October, the Board adopted a new school wellness policy. Combined, these two policies represent a significant advance in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) school food and fitness policy. 

What do the policies mean for schools? Most fundamentally, they set common-sense standards to support children’s he...

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 6:30 AM by Rosa Ramirez

Raising Money For Your School with Fruits and Veggies!

Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks has worked with schools and community organizations since we started delivering to households back in 2006, but our new School Box is the best way for you to get healthy food delivered to your home while also raising money for your children’s school.  

The School Box includes 8-10 staple produce items like apples, bananas, oranges, potatoes, lettuce, and several other basic items that rotate each week, including a ‘kid favorite’ item, which could be cherr...

Posted on March 12, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Shelly Herman

Finding the Right School For Our Family

My husband and I were having dinner with our neighbors recently. As usual, most of our conversation centered around the kids, their schedules, developmental milestones and of course school. While we live on a quiet street in a happening part of the city, we unfortunately don’t reside in one of “the it” school neighborhoods. Had we realized this before moving to our ‘hood (while my son was still in utero), perhaps we would have ranked our real estate must-haves a little differently, but ala...

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (Mar 10 - Mar 16)

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 families, grown-ups, shoppers, and parents needing a mental break.


FREE & Open to the Public:

- Mon., March 11, Hyde Park New Moms Group @ Hyde Park Art Center

- Mon., March 11, CORP2SAHM - Second Event...

Posted on March 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Amy Johnson

Motherhood: The First 30 Days (Take Two)

I wasn’t sure I would make it, but I did. In fact, as I write this, my daughter is 41 days old. I am supposed to be a veteran as this is my second daughter, but that doesn’t mean it was any easier for me. In fact, though there are some basics that came easier (e.g. changing a diaper, figuring out how to correctly snap those one-piece baby outfits) I found most things to be the same or even more challenging.

The first week for me, though not at all what I expected, was the best. I was h...

Posted on March 08, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Merav Benson

Clear Out the Clutter & Earn Some Cash!

Have a house full of gently-used children’s items?  Feel like you could open an indoor play space in your own home?  Ever think of how great it would be to live clutter free, recycle the items your kids have outgrown and earn some cash at the same time?  Consider consigning!

Babies, Tots n’ More Consignment Events feature maternity items and anything kid-related, up to youth size 16. All brands are accepted as long as the items are in great condition.   You set your own prices, and we ...

Posted on March 07, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Kristin Myers

Get involved: Fit Kids Get Better Grades

As a parent you know that healthy, active, well-nourished students are better prepared to learn. But how do you transform that knowledge into action in your child’s everyday school environment? A growing body of evidence suggests that a healthy and physically active student is more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful.

A new study published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness shows how academic performance relates to all aspects of physical fitn...

Posted on March 06, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Rosa Ramirez