Author - Beth Cohen-Dorfman

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I live in East Lakeview with my husband and two kids.  I've been a member of NPN since early 2007 and began running the New Moms Groups in March of 2010.

Culture Share - Celebrating Chanukah

I’m always fascinated by the hype surrounding Chanukah (or Hanukah, or Hanukkah…) because, in terms of Judaism, it’s a pretty minor holiday.  I think it gets a lot of press because of its proximity in the calendar to Christmas and, as Jews assimilated to life in the U.S., especially after WWII, they needed something comparable to make themselves feel more a part of this society.  But how to explain this to my young kids who walk around in December seeing all of the pretty lights and the jo...

Posted on December 20, 2011 at 7:45 AM by Beth Cohen-Dorfman

NPN New Moms Groups-A must for new & even experienced moms

You probably joined NPN when you were pregnant because you were looking for childcare options for your soon-to-be baby.  You checked out Parent Universities and learned about cloth diapering and making your own baby food and then joined a New Moms Group and, voila!, you realized that NPN had more than paid for itself! 

NPN’s New Moms Groups are a truly unique way to connect with other brand new moms - plus they are FREE to NPN members.  Through the bonding over common concerns and expe...

Posted on October 25, 2011 at 7:00 AM by Beth Cohen-Dorfman

Need a Playgroup for #2-why not hijack one?

When my daughter, Evie, was born in the winter of 2006, I quickly realized how isolating it can be to have a baby.  Add to that the fact that she was a spitter-upper, a loud crier AND it was a freezing cold February and I thought I was going to lose my mind!  Thank goodness for my NPN New Moms Group.  Meeting other women who were going through similar changes, challenges and successes saved me in many ways.  These women were integral to my survival for Evie’s first year and I love that I s...

Posted on July 12, 2011 at 3:13 PM by Beth Cohen-Dorfman

My Neighborhood - Family Fun in Lakeview East

NPN connects families in neighborhoods across Chicago.  Get inspired to check out a new part of the city or discover something fabulous just around the corner.  This stop: East Lakeview with Beth - All aboard:

Lakeview East is bursting with fun things to do and, as the median age of our residents gets a bit older, everything around here gets more kid- and family-friendly!

My daughter loves riding her bike around the neighborhood and she’s already made some new friends at a few stop...

Posted on June 11, 2011 at 1:32 PM by Beth Cohen-Dorfman