Author - Melanie Schlachter

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Melanie became involved with NPN shortly after the birth of her first child in 2007 as a member, a volunteer, and most recently a staff member. She is eternally grateful for the lasting friendships and support she received from her New Moms Group, and frequently relies on the invaluable tips and resources from NPN's Discussion Forum on topics ranging across the board. Melanie lives in Andersonville with her husband Christian, son Jack, daughter Clara, and dog Parker.

Perk! Save 50% on Healthy Children Conference + Expo

Produced by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Healthy Children Conference + Expo (March 8-9 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL) offers a fun-filled weekend of family education and entertainment. This one-of-a-kind event combines an in-depth education conference AND an interactive expo floor to get you up close and personal with the experts!

 

National-respected keynote and featured speakers:


Heidi Murkoff, Author:  What To Expect When Yo...

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM by Melanie Schlachter

NPN's 3rd Annual Developmental Differences Resource Fair is Feb. 9!

NPN proudly presents our 3rd Annual Developmental Differences Resource Fair!  This event was created to help parents of children (ages infant through 8th grade) with a range of developmental differences - developmental delays (i.e., speech, motor skills), sensory processing disorder, autism, ADD/ADHD, PDD-NOS, mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, Down Syndrome, physical disabilities, and more. 

Where: Gordon Tech High School, 3633 N. California Ave., Chicago

When: Sunday, ...

Posted on February 01, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

NPN Black Friday Deal - Get a Year of Connections, Fun, & Support for a Steal!

For more than 30 years, NPN has been THE place for connecting like-minded Chicago families - from pregnancy through preschool! NPN offers Chicago parents these unique, must-have benefits :


Access to our always active, unmatched discussion forum

Step-by-step preschool and elementary school search and school fair

Parent-recommended childcare options

More than 25 FREE events per month

How-to’s on navigating city living for expectant, new and seasoned parents
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Posted on November 29, 2013 at 4:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Ch-ch-ch Changes...to the NPN leadership team

Summer is winding down (even though fall is not quite yet in the air), kids are back in school, and NPN's fiscal year is coming to a close. WIth the change in seasons, the NPN leadership team is continuing to grow & expand. We're gearing up to offer even more amazing resources and programs to Chicago families, and thank our wonderful community for supporting us this past year as we've been able to deliver:


New & improved Discussion Forum

New & expanded Parent to P...

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM by Melanie Schlachter

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

Going Gluten Free - One Parent's Perspective

Earlier this year, my preschooler was diagnosed with sensitivities to just about every food you can possibly imagine – gluten, corn, soy, milk, nuts – the list goes on and on. Feeling guilty and overwhelmed but not discouraged, we immediately started overhauling our fridge and pantry, scrambling to identify and stock up on foods our child actually COULD eat.

Naturally we turned to the Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) for help. Our go-to resource for every parenting challenge, we...

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Have You Received the New Parent to Parent?

We're excited to present our new and improved Parent to Parent newsletter! Each issue will help you with what is important to parents, including schools, child care, health, activities and more!

Must-Have Parent to Parent News!

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


Timing Your School Search

You've Found the Perfect Nanny; Now What?

Plan A Perfect Playground (and Museum) Day

Finding the Right Pediatrician

Recipe for S...

Posted on April 04, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Finding the Right School For Our Family

My husband and I were having dinner with our neighbors recently. As usual, most of our conversation centered around the kids, their schedules, developmental milestones and of course school. While we live on a quiet street in a happening part of the city, we unfortunately don’t reside in one of “the it” school neighborhoods. Had we realized this before moving to our ‘hood (while my son was still in utero), perhaps we would have ranked our real estate must-haves a little differently, but ala...

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

Fresh from the Forum: Developmental Differences Support

Are you the parent of a child with a developmental difference or delay? Or maybe your child is still very young, yet you're scratching your head wondering if his/her behavior is "normal" and trying to seek out advice?

NPN's discussion forums are chock-full of posts on topics ranging from speech delays to sensory processing disorder. Particularly when it comes to diagnosing, treating, and nurturing kids with developmental differrences - such as speech/motor delays, autism, SPD, ADH...

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

NPN's 2nd Annual Developmental Differences Fair is Feb. 10!

NPN proudly presents our 2nd Annual Developmental Differences Resource Fair! This event was created to help parents of children (from birth through 8th grade) with a range of developmental differences - developmental delays (i.e., speech, motor skills), sensory processing disorder, autism, ADD/ADHD, PDD-NOS, mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, Down Syndrome, physical disabilities, and more.

Where: Gordon Tech High School, 3633 N. California Ave., Chicago

When: Sunday, Feb...

Posted on January 03, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter