Author - Christa Reed


Christa joined NPN while expecting her son in 2011. She comes to us with a passion for connecting local families and trying new things. Born and raised a Chicagoan, she considers herself a “lifer” and loves taking her toddler to the zoo and exploring new parks in the area. With ten years of media experience, she holds a degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Television Production and recently earned her Master’s Degree in Communication Management from the University of Southern California.  She lives with her son, and husband in her dogs' East Lakeview home.  

Parenting Advice from Parents Like You!

Our Parent to Parent newsletter features unique advice and family tips; the articles are written by NPN business, school and family members. Parent to Parent is a must-read for information, advice and sharing for Chicago-area parents. Download the new issue now (may take 1-2 minutes to complete). 

Some of the article in this issue include:

The New Year's Resolution That Pays: College Savings

Hiring A Nanny

Choosing the Right Camp for Your Child

It Takes A Vill...

Posted on January 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM by Christa Reed

Things to Do When It's Just Too Cold

It was just a matter of time. The bitter cold and snow finally made it to Chicago leaving us indoors or dying to break free from the monotony of the living room floor. Only so many blanket forts can be built before you’re ready to lose it. It’s ok.

Here are some ideas if you’re looking for inspiration.

Learn: Toddler Takeover at the Chicago Children’s Museum. Big kids are back in school so it’s time for the little ones to get out and run the palace! Tons of fun programming for the ...

Posted on January 06, 2015 at 11:26 AM by Christa Reed

I’m Every Mom I said I Wouldn’t Be


I probably did more reading while I was pregnant than I did in my four years of undergrad. I became obsessed with being the best parent that I could be, or least obsessed with figuring out what that was. Just before my kiddo turned one, I made a mental list of rules that I fully believed that I could follow. Before then it was just flailing for survival, but at one, I thought I had it together enough for a plan.

Screen Time. I always said that I would seriously limit TV. Or, at l...

Posted on January 05, 2015 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

Some inspiration for 2015...

I’m not necessarily a big fan of resolutions. Typically, I feel that if you put a label on a self-improvement at the beginning of the year, you’ll surely fail in 4-6 weeks. This, I know based on the shear number of people at my gym at 6am mid-January vs. mid-February.

I like quotes. I like it when people far smarter than myself, smash some words together and create something that could inspire for a year in the length of a sentence. So I’m going to pick a few of the more global motivat...

Posted on January 01, 2015 at 10:00 AM by Christa Reed

15 Reasons to LOVE NPN in 2015

You probably already know NPN is dedicated to connecting families with the resources they need to navigate parenting the city. But, you probably didn't know that 2015 marks our 35th year. That's right, some of the founding members are grandparents now! So, we're owning 35 and celebrating all year long. Check out how you can join us with the top 15 reasons to LOVE NPN in 2015 (in no particular order).

New Year Family Celebration We are kicking off 2015 with a BANG! Celebrate the New...

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM by Christa Reed

Top 5 Chicago Museum Memberships for Kids

We hear it as early as Halloween....the grandparents already asking what your kids want for the holidays when all you can think about is gaggle of toys that has already taken over your house (and the amount of toys headed your way from aunts and uncles). Yeah, in my experience there's no way to really go toy-free, nor would you want to but there are some other GREAT gifts that grandparents can purchase that don't take up anymore space on your living room floor. As a self-admitted membershi...

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 7:00 AM by Christa Reed

Top 4 gifts for teachers this holiday season

We’re so busy during the holiday season, it’s sometime hard to brainstorm thoughtful gifts for the wonderful people that care for you child(ren) on a daily basis. We scoured the forums and interviewed teacher friends of our own and asked them what their favorite holiday gifts from students have been. Here's our list of the top most commonly mentioned gifts.

1. Cash. Collaborate with other families if you can. I know it sounds a little tacky and you may even think there’s not much ...

Posted on December 15, 2014 at 7:00 AM by Christa Reed

Black Friday NPN Membership Deal - 2015

For nearly 35 years, NPN has been dedicated to connecting a diverse community of families with the resources they need to navigate parenting in the city. NPN offers Chicago parents these unique, must-have benefits :

An NPN membership gets you:

24-7 access to our unmatched discussion forums

Preschool and Elementary School Search Tools & Events

Parent Recommended Childcare Classifieds

Unique New Moms Groups - meet other new moms and get the support you need ...

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

Local Organizations to Be Thankful For

The holidays are upon us and this time of year always makes me think about how fortunate I am....for really everything. I have a great job, a great family and a wonderful city that has welcomed me into it's tight-knit village of parents from all walks of life.  Of course, that reminds me of all of the less fortunate, particularly the families that live here and the organizations dedicated to helping them. If you're looking to donate, volunteer (with or without the kids) or support an organ...

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 7:00 AM by Christa Reed

NPN Has a Group for That: Adoption

Did you know that NPN has more than 30 special interest and neighborhood clubs? We thought we'd tell you a little about each of them over time. In honor of November being National Adoption Month, we thought we'd introduce you to Teresa, the lovely volunteer of our very active adoption group.

1. Tell us about you and your family

My husband and I met in 2004 in a random occurrence while we both were watching the Chicago Air and Water Show alone! We were married the following Fall in...

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed