Category: All About NPN

Overheard on the NPN forum: Kids say the naughtiest things

Around this time of year, kids are generally watching what they say to avoid getting on Santa's or Elf on a Shelf's bad side. But some kids just can't help but spit out a naughty phrase or two, and sometimes we parents can't help but laugh. I mean, how are you going to keep a straight face when your 5-year-old says, "Oh fine, I'll clean up my f--ing room"? 

Parents are sharing the most hilariously naughty things their kids have said recently on our discussion forum, including such g...

Posted on December 18, 2015 at 4:46 PM by Laura Baginski

7 reasons to celebrate the New Year with NPN

Let the countdown begin! It's just 16 days until NPN's New Year Family Celebration—Jan. 2 at Lil' Kickers Bradly Place. Haven't bought your tickets yet? We're counting down the reasons why you should RSVP today:

7. We'll have all the yummy food kids (and parents) love: pizza, pasta, salad, sandwiches, hot dogs, chips and guac...everyone will leave with full tummies, promise.

6. Soccer games with Lil' Kickers and hockey with the Chicago Blackhawks let your kids leave their boundless...

Posted on December 17, 2015 at 11:58 AM by Laura Baginski

RSVP now for our New Year's celebration

Your kids are still begging to wear their Halloween costumes to school and we're already talking about New Year's?!

Yep, and here's why: Our super-awesome New Year Family Celebration at Lil' Kickers Bradley Place sells out every single year. If you've joined us at this party before, you know why it's so great. If you haven't, you're in for a real treat, including: 

Soccer classes and games

Face painting

Arts and crafts

Party hat creations

Pizza, sal...

Posted on November 05, 2015 at 12:37 PM by Laura Baginski

Overheard on the NPN forum: Trick-or-treating etiquette

You're taking your little one out trick-or-treating, leaving your home "unmanned" for the costumed kids trolling your neighborhood for candy. Do you leave a bowl of goodies out on your porch and assume all the Elsas and Spider-Mans will exercise the utmost restraint and only take one piece of candy each? Or do you turn off all the lights and close the drapes, a.k.a. the international symbol for "no candy here"? Our members are debating this hot topic right now on our discussion forum....

Posted on October 30, 2015 at 8:28 AM by Laura Baginski

Overheard on the NPN forum: From the mouths of babes

One of the best things about kids is their lack of filter—they just say whatever is on their minds. That leads to some embarrassing moments in public, for sure, but also some big laughs. If you're having a rough day, the kid quotes our members shared will surely bring you out of your funk. Read more.

Other trending topics:

Do you feel a lot of pressure to breast feed?

Daycare vs. nanny share pros/cons

How important (to you) is diversity at school?


Posted on October 23, 2015 at 10:33 AM by Laura Baginski

Overheard on the NPN forum: Do you send your kid to school with a cold?

Your kid is feeling a little run down, has a runny nose and a minor, but persistent, cough. Let him go to preschool or keep him home? Parents grapple with this issue all the time (nearly every week?). Keeping him home will require a day off from work—not a simple feat for most working parents. But sending him to school will make you that jerk parent who perpetuates the (very true) stereotype that preschool is just a large petri dish for germs. What do most parents do? See what parents...

Posted on October 16, 2015 at 9:19 AM by Laura Baginski

5 Halloween parties you can't miss

Your little one looks too adorable in that Halloween costume to wear it just once. Get more bang for your buck by dressing up and hitting as many Halloween parties as possible. Here are our favorites.

Oct. 24: Spooky Zoo Spectacular @ Linclon Park Zoo
Come dressed in costume for this free bash that includes a toddler area in the Regenstein Center for African Apes, family entertainment on the main stage, trick-or-treating and, of course, lots and lots of animals.

Oct. 25: Get...

Posted on October 08, 2015 at 8:42 AM by Laura Baginski

Overheard on the NPN forum: Where would you go on a three-day weekend?

Now that the fall weather has hit like a cold slap in the face, we Chicagoans are already thinking about winter vacations. Where would you go if you just had a three-day weekend, but wanted to fly somewhere fun—without the kids?

That's what our members are talking about right now on our discussion forum, and there are plenty of suggestions. Personally, I'm with all of you who suggest New Orleans. Join the conversation now. 

Other trending topics:

What are the CPS schoo...

Posted on October 02, 2015 at 8:00 AM by Laura Baginski

Overheard on the NPN Forum: Halloween costume exchange

Of all the expensive things we parents buy for our kids, Halloween costumes are among the most infuriating. You pay at least $30 for a costume (often of dubious quality) that your kid will wear exactly once—and may hate it so much he tears it off after two seconds. But let's be real, the joy you get from the adorableness is priceless. And photos are forever.

So how brilliant is it that our NPN members are pulling their old costumes out of storage (lobster costumes, Thomas the Trai...

Posted on September 17, 2015 at 1:00 PM by Laura Baginski

NPN has a Group for That: Attorney Moms

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. Please meet Jen, the lovely volunteer of our very active attorney moms group.

Tell us about you and your family.
I met my husband in 2003 at the Chicago Auto Show where he mistakenly got the impression that I was very into cars.  We were married in May 2005, but instead of buying a car, we spent our time backpacking across Europe, surfing in ...

Posted on August 11, 2015 at 2:56 PM by Amy Johnson