Author - Sarah Cobb

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Sarah joined NPN in 2007. She would not have survived her daughter's sleepless nights, endless spit up, & pacifier addiction without her New Moms Group.

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Posted on November 02, 2011 at 12:10 PM by Sarah Cobb

October Fun: City Scarecrows to Ghouly Goodies

The weeks leading up to Halloween are full of outdoor adventures and easy ways to craft up a storm!  Here is our pre-Halloween plan.  Here's our plan - what's on your agenda???


Make some paper plate ghosts to ghoul up your entry way
Create your own Halloween wreath or hit up Paper Source to "make" your own (e.g., owl door wreath)
Pretzel fun - try these ghostly goodies for your next play group
Make some silly and sometimes creepy Halloween snacks!


Posted on October 06, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

Story Time Extravaganza - Read for the Record

Story times are the perfect way to enjoy an hour with your little ones!  I am so excited to be a reader at Building Blocks Toy Stores' story time week in honor of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record!  We hope to see you one day next week at a Building Blocks in Wicker Park (2130 W. Division) – please pledge to read and join millions of other concerned parents.

Building Blocks will donate $15 to Jumpstart on behalf of each child our local leader reads to at the events.  Thank you to Katherine M...

Posted on September 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

Sep. 24 South Side School & Resources Fair

We are just days away from our newest addition to our NPN School Fair Season! South Side Parents (SSP), Hyde Park Parent Support Network (PSN), and Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) jointly present the South Side Preschool & Elementary School & Resoures Fair.

Join us for a one-day FREE event where you can make connections with more than 50 public/private schools, enrichment programs, family friendly businesses, and Chicago resources.  Open to the public.

WHAT: South Side Presch...

Posted on September 20, 2011 at 9:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

Circus in the Parks - One-of-a-kind Chicago fun!

NPN is proud to sponsor this year’s Circus in the Parks series. The Midnight Circus team is back to bring you a one-of-a-kind family-friendly circus experience! Money raised will go to support the Chicago Park District.  We love our Chicago parks and these performances are guaranteed to thrill and entertain. The perfect way to spend a lovely day doing something surprising in a great Chicago neighborhood.

This year is an all new show and an all new little Big Top. An purple and blue tent wi...

Posted on September 14, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

You know you have a city kid when - Big vote!

Thank you to everyone who submitted their awesome NPN City Kid (& Baby) Photos!  We received so many awesome photos - it was not an easy decision.  Each one reminds us how awesome Chicago is and how much cooler our little urban dwellers make it.

Please visit our NPN Facebook page to check out more of our favorites.  Vote and help us pick the winning NPN City Kid photo before 9/5! The winner will be published in our winter issue of NPN Parent to Parent.  The perfect keapsake for any NPN...

Posted on August 29, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

Lesson Learned: I want, I want, I want

When my daughter really started talking, we experienced the onslought of "I want, I want, I want" with each TV commerical, every time we passed a toy aisle in Jewel or Target, and as she flipped through catalogs arriving in the mail. Sometimes, I would try to explain that we can't buy everything we want. Other times, I would try pointing out that the toy was too expensive, too young for her, or some other rational reason why it wasn't going to happen. But, In her head, all she heard was the P...

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 9:30 AM by Sarah Cobb

You know you have a city kid when...Big Britax Giveaway!

Chicago parents love taking their little ones all over the city - by car, train, bus, and lots by little feet. It is amazing watching them become true city kids. Britax is helping us celebrate our lovable City Kids! THREE winners will get to CHOOSE the right Britax Car Seat for their City Kid! Giveaway details below - ends Aug. 25.!

NPN"s Discussion Forum has great posts like "I know my kid is a city kids because". Here are a few LOL quotes from our city kids:

says "taxi" as one of t...

Posted on August 17, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

Ask the Expert: Financial Security with Mom Vicki Nygren

This blog series is about getting expert advice on an important topic straight from a parent. Finanical Security is so important and can be so overwhelming. Thanks to Vicki Nygren for giving us some great advice to help Chicago parents get moving in the right direction.

Tell us about you and your family:

I’m a single, full-time working mom of two boys, 7 and 4, who both attend a CPS elementary school.  This is my 9th year at COUNTRY Financial and I’m approaching 20 years in this industr...

Posted on August 11, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

NPN Renewal Bonus - Celebrate Building Blocks 15th Bday w/$15

NPN is thrilled to bring our members this special renewal bonus - an amazing way to kick off the summer!

Building Blocks Toy Store is celebrating 15 years as an independent Chicago toy store. What better way to show their dedication to families and Chicago than to offer NPN members a renewal bonus! All NPN members that Renew between June 27th and August 31st will receive a $15 Building Blocks Toy Store gift certificate by mail. Get another year of NPN's unique membership benefits and the p...

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 10:12 PM by Sarah Cobb