Posts from: September 2013

5 Reason to Take Your Little Ones to the Nature Museum - PLUS GIVEAWAY

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the urban gateway to nature and science, is nestled in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Families are sure to be inspired with the Museum’s ability to foster an immediate connection to the wonder of nature and science. Inside the Museum’s walls -- and outside on our scenic, picturesque grounds –opportunities beckon to immerse yourself in nature’s daily wonders. Here are five “must see” stops while you are on site:

The Judy Istock B...

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Katherine Barnes

Saving Money on Growing Babies & School Shopping

Let’s face it, kids grow fast!  It feels like just yesterday that I was bringing my precious baby home for the first time, swimming in his newborn sized outfit.  Five years later, that same outfit looks like the perfect dress up prop for a toy doll.  I wish that my pocketbook grew as fast as he did! 

Fortunately, I have found a way to dress my boys in the best, while saving a ton of money; shopping a Consignment Event.  It only happens in the Spring and Fall, but I stock up for the ent...

Posted on September 18, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Kristin Myers

NPN 2013 School Fairs - What to Expect & How to Prepare

School Fair season has arrived! Since Chicago School Search is so overwhelming and parents want to make the most of their School Fair visit, we are here to help you get ready! 

The fairs are set up as an expo with schools, enirchment programs, and childcare exhibitors set up in rows around the room.  Attendees can walk around and talk with representatives from public and private preschool and elementary schools, non-profits, and businesses with activities and services that cater to little ...

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM by Sarah Cobb

NPN Perks! Discounts on Estate Planning

Have you been putting off getting your estate plan in place? Now's the time! NPN Members already get 15% off estate planning services. Take an additional $100 off your plan now through 10/31/13. Just mention this email blast when calling.

Law Office of Jennifer Guimond-Quigley focuses on helping parents plan for the future with a comprehensive and customized estate plan, accomplishing the important things such as naming guardians for those precious little ones and designating a fi...

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 6:15 AM by Ellie Ander

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (September 16-22)

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:


- Tuesday, September 17, Developmental Differences Parent Support Group @ Bellybum Boutique

- Thursday, September 19, Attorney Moms Happy Hour @ Townhouse

- Saturday, September 21, South Side Preschool & Elementary...

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Becky Reno

Hip Hip Hooray for the CPSIA!

Chances are you celebrated something recently but it probably wasn’t the anniversary of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). But that’s exactly what we were celebrating over at Kids In Danger! August 14 marked the 5 year anniversary of this landmark safety legislation that, whether you know it or not, works every day to keep your kids safer.

One of the most important results of the CPSIA is the website. This site allows consumers to read about and...

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Dev Gowda

Work it mama: finding time to exercise after baby

Walking is one of the most accessible forms of exercise.  Start with shorter distances and work your way up to longer distances.  You can put the baby in a stroller or wear the baby in a carrier.  When the weather permits, walk outside.  When the weather doesn't cooperate, walk the aisles of a large grocery store, Target, or walk inside a mall.  Find another mom to be your walking-buddy so you can encourage each other. 

Start your core exercises with Kegel exercises (pelvic floor muscl...

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 9:00 AM by Jill Stein

Have You Received Your Parent to Parent?

Have you received the new, expanded Parent to Parent newsletter? Each issue we're bringing you what is important to parents, including schools, child care, fun activities and more!

Must-Have Parent to Parent News!

Download the new issue and get advice from NPN parents and partners on:

Chicago School Search 101

Transitioning to a New Daycare or School

Five Tips for Early Breastfeeing

Kids and Snacking: Useful Tips

Rethinking Rewards and Punishmen...

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

Perks! School Search, Test Prep, Enrichment Classes, Behavior Modification

Chicago School GPS will guide you to your family's school destination, from Preschool to High School, Public & Private. We know how quickly one can feel lost and overwhelmed by the school search process; let us expertly navigate you. Discount: 25% off our 90 minute initial consultation. More details. is a comprehensive test prep and educational enrichment service designed to help you prepare your child for Gifted and Talented Testing, including CPS. NPN Members use c...

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Ellie Ander

Backpack Basics for Healthier Kids

As experts in scoliosis – and other orthopedic and spine conditions – we at Shriners Hospitals for Children are passionate about backpack safety which promotes good spine health. As your kiddos head back to school, please follow these important tips to ensure safe backpack wear.

Facts About Backpacks

Used correctly, backpacks can be a good way to carry all the books, supplies and personal items needed for a typical school day. Backpacks are designed to distribute

the weight of ...

Posted on September 09, 2013 at 9:44 AM by Jennifer Joy-Rhomberg