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.

Social Snapshot Winter Giveaway

Did you catch our new Social Snapshot spread in the latest issue of the Parent to Parent newsletter? Its the spot for connecting with families through our NPN Blog, Facebook, and Twitter!

NPN is running a special Winter Giveaway Promotion, now through December 25. Comment below, or tell us on Facebook or Twitter about a new or established family tradition you will enjoy this holiday season. One lucky winner will be selected to win a family 4-pack to Feld Entertainment's Disney On Ice p...

Posted on December 09, 2011 at 7:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Fresh from the Forum: Favorite Holiday Activities

NPN's discussion forums are chock-full of millions of posts on topics ranging from sleeping training to warm winter apparel!

As we are getting in the holiday spirit, the discussion board is buzzing with ideas for ways to celebrate that are unique to Chicago.

 

Recently, one of our members started a thread on their Favorite Holiday Fun Things To Do around the city. Check out the holly jolly happenings around town, such as taking a ride on the CTA Holiday Train and the Winter Hol...

Posted on December 08, 2011 at 7:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Perk Alert! Holiday Deals

Holiday Deals - Exclusively for NPN Members! Cash in on these great 'perks' to your NPN membership. Please log in to view full details of these discounts.

Not yet a member? No worries, click here to join now.

Armand's Pizzeria - Two For Tuesday: Buy one pizza, Get one free. Second pizza of equal or lesser value. Plus get $3.00 off any online order OR $3.00 off any 16-18' pizza for NPN members! Learn more...

BabbaCo - Give a unique gift that children aged 3 to 6 can really engag...

Posted on December 06, 2011 at 12:52 PM by Melanie Schlachter

NPN's Upcoming Events

NPN is bustling with great events to try with or without the little ones. In case your email is exploding, here are a few you won't want to miss!



Join NPN for a free Spanish Play Date at Language Stars in Lincoln Park on Wednesday, December 7th. The Spanish Play Date will be taught by a dynamic native-speaking educator. During the Play Date the children will be immersed 100% in the language in the context of engaging games, songs, arts & crafts, treasure hunts, and more! T...

Posted on December 02, 2011 at 6:30 AM by Melanie Schlachter

NPN Cyber Monday 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 parents. 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

Nonprofit organization conn...

Posted on November 25, 2011 at 4:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Happy Thanksgiving from NPN!

In the spirit of being thankful, NPN wants to say thank you to our loyal community of parents.  Stay tuned for our first ever BLACK FRIDAY offer!

We will be featuring Thanksgiving blog topics all week long. Gobble up our fun and festive tips for enjoying the holiday with your little turkeys!


Just a reminder that our ticket presale for our annual Pre-New Year's Eve Family Celebration at Lil'Kickers Bradley Place ends on Thanksgiving Day! Take your kids of ALL ages out and celebr...

Posted on November 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Perk Alert! Discounts for Expectant & New Parents

Are you expecting, or a parent to a brand new bundle? These are great discounts just for you. Cash in on these great 'perks' to your NPN membership. Please log in to view full details of these discounts.

Not yet a member? No worries, click here to join now.

Learning Through Play - Help your child transition effectively to preschool and kindergarten in playgroups and classes designed by developmental therapists and speech therapists. Members receive 30% off 10 week playgroup series ...

Posted on November 16, 2011 at 8:08 AM by Melanie Schlachter

NPN's Upcoming Events

NPN is bustling with great events to try with or without the little ones. In case your email is exploding, here are a few you won't want to miss!

* NPN is hosting a pajama party at Goodnight Moon the Musical at Victory Gardens. RSVP by calling the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater at 773-871-3000. Mention discount code GOODNIGHT and purchase tickets for the Saturday, November 12th, 3:00 pm show. Great for ages 2-6.  

 

* Need a night out? Date night? Or just catching up with fri...

Posted on November 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM by Melanie Schlachter

Fresh from the Forum: Thank You! Love, NPN

NPN's discussion forums are chock-full of millions of posts on topics ranging from ant problems to play groups!

Recently, one of our members started a post on the reasons they'd like to thank NPN. From fixing ant problems and salon recommendations, to meeting great parents, finding amazing nannies, and advice on topics across the board, people weighed in on what NPN means to them.

The NPN team wants to take a moment to thank YOU, our members, for helping NPN to work, grow, and supp...

Posted on November 04, 2011 at 6:45 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Top 10 Tips to Start your School Search

With NPN's Annual Preschool & Elementary School Fair taking place this weekend, we've compiled our top 10 tips to start your search:

 1 - Determine your family's school search criteria. Consider factors such as cost, location, public or private, schedule, afterschool programs, etc.

 2 - Go to the NPN School page. Check out School Fair details and RSVP, download your NPN School eDirectory, and search the NPN Online School Directory.

 3 - Dip into the NPN Discussion Forum. Ac...

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 8:35 AM by Melanie Schlachter