Posts from: December 2015

Yes, you can survive parenthood without family nearby

Maybe you always knew you’d wind up in Chicago. Maybe Chicago is the last place you thought you’d be when you started raising a family (insert raised hand here). In either case, Chicago is home now, and for me, the distance to my own family never felt as great as when I started having kids of my own.

While I still feel pangs of jealousy when I hear another mom talk about dropping off her kids at her sister’s house for impromptu afternoon cousin playdates or romantic long weekends away whil...

Posted on December 09, 2015 at 2:19 PM by Jenny Rowland

NPN Member Discount to Le Tote; Your Unlimited Closet!

Always have something new to wear! That means, you, too, preggos! Le Tote is a subscription-based women's fashion rental service. For a flat monthly subscription of $49, or $59 per month for a maternity subscription, Le Tote sends you unlimited boxes of clothing for you to wear, enjoy and then return when you are ready. As soon as Le Tote receives the items, a new tote is sent your way! Each tote contains three pieces of apparel and two accessories, and Le Tote takes care of shipping both ...

Posted on December 08, 2015 at 6:49 AM by Ellie Ander

Overheard on the NPN forum: All about MILs

For many of us, the holidays mean being surrounded by family. Which can be both a blessing and a pain in the butt, depending on the personalities in play and how loudly they comment on your parenting style. 

No relationship has the potential for friction—especially during the holidays, when expectations are unnaturally high—more than mothers-in-law and their daughters-in-law. It's no surprise, then, that two of the most popular threads on NPN's discussion forum involve MILs. How d...

Posted on December 04, 2015 at 10:10 AM by Laura Baginski

What I wish I had known before I had twins

Congratulations on your double whammies! You are in for the best and most challenging adventure of your lives! Here is some information I wish I had heard from other twin parents before mine were born.

Instead of taking turns with your spouse at night, you will both be up. All night. One baby will wake up first, and, after feeding, rocking and gingerly placing the first back into the crib (while holding your breath and crossing your fingers), the second baby suddenly will wake up. It i...

Posted on December 03, 2015 at 11:06 AM

NPN's Fresh Discount from Sprig, Chicago's on-demand organic meal-delivery service

It's time for another really great NPN Member discount and this one is sure to quench that grumble in your belly. Sprig, Chicago's on-demand organic meal-delivery service, wants to give you $20 off your first order, enough for 2 meals! Existing customers take $5 off! Prices for meals range from $9–$13, and the delivery fee is just $1. Average delivery time is just 15 minutes! Simply login to NPN and click HERE for your NPN Member promo code and details.

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Posted on December 02, 2015 at 6:39 AM by Ellie Ander

What about the sibling of a child with learning challenges?

Being the sibling of a child with a developmental disability, learning challenge or other special need can be complicated.


As with any sibling relationship, these brothers and sisters will play a variety of roles throughout life; playmate, confidant, teacher, protector, friend, enemy, follower and role model. Sibling relationships are often the longest-lasting relationships, and the “typical” sibling’s role will change over time, often taking on many of the concerns around caregiv...

Posted on December 01, 2015 at 9:28 AM by Heather Bragg