Posts from: March 2016

Childcare options for the April 1 CTU strike

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The question is no longer whether the Chicago Teachers Union will strike on April 1. Now that a strike is inevitable, the question (among many) is: What are Chicago parents going to do with their kids on April 1?

CPS CEO Forrest Claypool announced that CPS will set up 250 "contingency sites" where parents can send their kids next Friday—locations will be announced Tuesday. UPDATE: Here is the list of 250 spots. 

But if you would prefer to ensure your chi...

Posted on March 30, 2016 at 2:10 PM by Laura Baginski

How to make moving easier for your kids

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My husband and I have moved a few times since getting married. Moving is not fun by any means (especially in Chicago where you have to get creative with rental truck parking, lots of stairs, etc.), but we’ve always managed it by renting a truck and coaxing friends to help us with the promise of pizza and beer. Our most recent move was different because now we have twin toddlers who bring more “baggage” (sorry, couldn’t resist) into the equation. After...

Posted on March 29, 2016 at 1:07 PM by Dana Wurzburger

NPN discount on hundreds of kids' classes |

Funful is a new kind of kids' membership. It grants kids unlimited access to hundreds of classes and activities at the best studios in Chicago.

Give your little ones the opportunity to try three different activities such as swim, art, dance, music and open play with Funful! Just a few of Funful's amazing partners: Pow Kids, British Swim School. Tula Yoga, Unicoi Studios, Marsha's Music, SD Studios, Pump It UP and so many more!


Try Funful with this NPN exclusive discount: Pick...

Posted on March 29, 2016 at 6:12 AM by Ellie Ander

Vinted Kids online resale shop launches in Chicago |



Vinted Kids is a new online marketplace to sell the kids’ gear your family has outgrown and to buy the big ticket baby and kids items you want without the big price tag. It's an offshoot of the Lithuanian peer-to-peer preloved marketplace, Vinted.


Vinted Kids chose Chicago as its first U.S. launch city! Learn more about Vinted Kids from Kristin Cheuvront, a local ambassador for Vinted Kids, below.


What is Vinted Kids?


Posted on March 25, 2016 at 11:56 AM by Sara Fisher

The best-kept secret about breastfeeding

There are very few secrets left about breastfeeding. We know it’s great for baby; most of us know the benefits to mom’s health, too. It’s always available, it’s always the right temperature, it’s a package of love if/when you return to work, blah, blah, blah… We know all that.

We also know the more challenging side of breastfeeding: the clogged ducts and teething and pumping and messiness of it all. Breastfeeding horror stories abound in new moms groups, right? But, it’s not exactly ne...

Posted on March 24, 2016 at 1:52 PM by Katrina Pavlik

Spring Break at the local waterpark |

Spring break starts with a splash at Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterparkge in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The kiddos will have plenty of energy to burn as soon as that bell rings, so slide on over to Timber Ridge for a suite adventure. NPN Members get 30% off!

Your first stop is Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark, which clocks in at 30,000 square feet and features twisty turny waterslides, a lazy river, hot tub, activity pool, and "Tiny Timbers" play area. Next, take your skills to the arcade t...

Posted on March 22, 2016 at 6:08 AM by Ellie Ander

10 things to do when your partner's had an affair

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You have discovered or have been told that your partner has been having an affair. You’ve been hit by a ton of bricks engulfed by a tsunami of emotions ranging from anger, resentment, wanting to seek revenge to sadness, despair and helplessness.  


One of the first questions that may arise is “Should I stay or should I go?” While the answer is there and is different for everyone, you may not have an immediate answer or you unequivoca...

Posted on March 21, 2016 at 12:52 PM by Concentric Counseling

Kid birthday party etiquette—for parents

Every party, big or small, has a pooper—don’t let it be you. What am I talking about specifically? Birthday party etiquette for parents. If you are in any local Facebook mom groups or have checked out the NPN forum, you will see that parents are making party fouls left and right that end with tears from both kids and adults. Here’s how to avoid kid birthday party blunders:


If you're throwing a party...

No one likes to be left out. So err on the side of caution and invite ever...

Posted on March 18, 2016 at 1:27 PM by Amanda Simkin

12 things to put in Easter baskets that aren't candy |

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For parents trying to limit their kids' candy intake and the little dollar-store toys littering the living-room floor, figuring out how to populate an Easter basket or coming up gifts for the Easter Bunny to hide can be tough. One NPN parent asked for creative ideas for Easter gifts on the discussion forum this week, and our members had some great ideas.

Here are some of their suggestions:



Spring PJs


Posted on March 18, 2016 at 12:24 PM by Laura Baginski

Discount on swim lessons + win 35 weeks FREE |

British Swim School is thrilled to be celebrating 35 life-saving years! Join the celebration by entering to be one of three families to win 35 weeks of FREE lessons. Click HERE to enter your details and submit. Share the contest to gain more entries!

British Swim School was started in 1981 in the basement pool of a Victorian house in Manchester, England, by Olympic hopeful Rita Goldberg. Today, British Swim School operates in over 100 schools in three countries and teaches thousands of...

Posted on March 17, 2016 at 6:24 AM by Ellie Ander