Posts from: November 2015

Celebrating the holidays as an interfaith family

After we got engaged and heard an ongoing chorus of well wishes and congratulations, the first question came—then another and another, always from different people, typically those we had never expected. It was shocking. After all, the way we planned to raise our interfaith children, who didn’t even exist yet, was none of their business. But questions are inevitable when you have an interfaith family.

My husband was raised Jewish and I was brought up in a Catholic home, but to be perfe...

Posted on November 30, 2015 at 1:11 PM by Amanda Simkin

Why I'm thankful for NPN's New Moms Groups

“It takes a village”—an over-used phrase when it comes to raising children, but it’s true.

Day one: More like day 40 of being a new mom and a new stay-at-home mom, I decided I needed to take control of my new career. If I was going to be happy and “good” at this, I had to make some new friends. This decision led me to join NPN and enroll in an infant music class. I also decided to join an NPN New Moms Group for stay-at-home moms (SAHM—I didn’t even know what the acronym meant when I wa...

Posted on November 25, 2015 at 2:31 PM by Kori Burland

Philanthropy spotlight: Share Our Spare

This is the time of year when many of us reflect with gratitude on what we have, and look to help those who have less. For Amy Kadens (pictured, above), founder of Chicago charity Share Our Spare, taking care of the less fortunate is a year-round endeavor. Her four-year-old non-profit provides new or gently used baby and children's items like diapers, toys and clothing to low-income or homeless families. Where does she get these donations? From awesome people like you! Read on about how t...

Posted on November 24, 2015 at 3:00 PM by Laura Baginski

NPN Exclusive Discount! An Entirely FREE Week at Kidville and More!

Your brand new NPN family member discount is here and it is awesome! But don't delay because redemption expires on December 1st!

Kidville is the premiere early childhood development and enrichment destination for families with young children. In addition to offering a wide range of developmental classes for newborns through six year olds, Kidville features an indoor playspace, world-class birthday party venue and planning services, and a Pre-School Alternative Program. Flexible Monthly...

Posted on November 24, 2015 at 6:45 AM by Ellie Ander

How to make traveling with kids less awful

When I became a mother, one of the things I was most worried I’d have to sacrifice was travel. My husband and I share a passion for visiting new places and taking in new experiences, and I couldn’t see how that would be possible while carting around young children. I imagined us struggling through airports with too many suitcases, fighting with folding strollers and carting around car seats, taming toddler tantrums and hiding our faces from other travelers while our children melted down i...

Posted on November 23, 2015 at 1:53 PM by Lindsay Bremer

Overheard on the NPN forum: What's your Black Friday strategy?

Are you going to spend Black Friday on the couch putting leftovers in your face, or are you going to brave the stores and possibly get into a fist fight over a TV? Or, will you have the best of both worlds: surfing online for deals with one hand while eating with the other? 

Our members are talking about their Black Friday strategies—which stores to hit, which to avoid, debating whether there are actual deals to be had in stores or online—because it's never to early to plan the Thanksg...

Posted on November 20, 2015 at 9:53 AM by Laura Baginski

What you need to know about window blind safety

At the beginning of October, IKEA announced that it will only carry blinds with no cords or inaccessible cords in all of its global stores by January 2016. Kids In Danger (KID) spoke to Linda Kaiser from Parents for Window Blind Safety to find out what this change means in terms of ongoing safety and what parents can do to keep their kids safe with regards to window blinds. 


What makes this move a big win for window blind safety?

This sets the tone for other retailers to join i...

Posted on November 19, 2015 at 12:59 PM by Dev Gowda

Brand new NPN discounts are here!

Every Tuesday NPN publishes brand new and exclusive member-only discounts as an awesome benefit to your membership. We've got some goodies below from massage to wills & trusts and just about everything in between. Please login to NPN to gain access to redemption details. Not a member? Join or renew today!

Lil' Kickers Chicago is a child development program filled with creativity, high-energy coaches and loads of fun. NPN members get FREE registration when you register for a winter ...

Posted on November 17, 2015 at 6:53 AM by Ellie Ander

Forum quorum: Favorite ways to celebrate the holidays in Chicago

Many of us parents like to plan (often to have our uncooperative children thwart those plans). And with the holidays upon us, there's so much to do in the city that you'll want to mark events on your calendar. What are the best things to do with kids during the holidays? One member posed that question on our main discussion forum, and our members had great suggestions.

Here they are, in no particular order:

Christkindlmarket (Nov. 20-Dec. 24): This German-style open-air holiday m...

Posted on November 12, 2015 at 12:27 PM by Laura Baginski

How to apply to a private school

We admit it, getting into a private school can be an overwhelming process. There are many details to keep your eyes on, such as the deadlines and requirements set by the various admissions departments of the schools to which you are applying. Most of the time, depending on the grade level your child will be entering, you will be applying to multiple schools . The best advice we can offer as you deal with applying to schools is to begin the process as early as you can. 


Admission d...

Posted on November 12, 2015 at 10:01 AM by Katy Buoscio