Category: All About NPN

Give Back, Family-Style!

It’s that time of year again. Your kids are bursting with enthusiasm for the holidays and their wish lists are growing longer by the commercial break. While this season often brings out the selfish side of our children, the timing has never been better for teaching them the importance of selflessness. Fortunately, Chicago families can participate in a variety of kid-friendly volunteer events this year. By helping others, your sometimes greedy little munchkins will learn the significance of...

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 8:00 AM by Elizabeth Bushaw

Ch-ch-ch 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

Have fun, Make Friends, Make a Difference. Volunteer with NPN!

Neighborhood Parents Network needs you! NPN volunteers have fun, make friends, and make a difference. You can too! Here are some ways for you to volunteer with NPN this year. Email to sign up! 


Done in a Day – Mix & mingle with guests, help with check-in, setup and clean up, etc. If you can only stay for part of the volunteer shift, that is ok! 

8/27 - Summer Soccer Bash, Chitown Futbol Pilsen, (8:30am - 10:30am) or (10:00am - 12:00pm)

8/29 - B...

Posted on July 27, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Amy Johnson

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

The 10 Best New Year's Resolutions for Parents

As we wrap up another year, we are all reading and thinking about New Year's Resolutions.  As parents, lets all try to focus on what will make our most important job better, more fun, and bring on lots of little smiles and hugs.  These are resolutions worth keeping!

Read more.  No matter how young or old you baby is, read more to and with your child. Read anything - books, magazines, newspapers, greeting cards, street signs, menus, and more. 
Unplug more.  Put down the phone, cell, ip...

Posted on January 04, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

You've Got Mail! NPN Forum Private Messaging is here!

It is finally here!  NPN Members can now send and receive Private Messages via our Discussion Forums!  

We have all been there - you want to get in touch with another NPN member and you don't want to post your personal contact information:

A crib is for sale and you want to buy it
A nanny posted her services
A family wants to do a nanny share or recommend their nanny
A parent is going through a rough situation where you feel like you can help
You want to contact a parent ...

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

Welcome to the New NPN Discussion Forum!

The NEW NPN Discussion Forum is live!  We are here to help you get comfortable and excited about all of the new cool features and enhancements.  Plus - more enhancements (like Personal Messaging and a new Classifieds tool) are just around the corner.  This new platform will enable NPN to continue to grow and enhance our NPN Member benefits.  We hope you are as excited about these new features as we are!  Read more about how we got here from the Backstory.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All members are, b...

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 4:30 PM by Sarah Cobb

New NPN Discussion Forum - The Backstory & Family Treasures Giveaway

What do you love about NPN's Discussion Forum? What new features are you most looking forward to when the new Discussion Forum launches later this month?

Tell us by commenting on the blog post below and be entered to win a Family 4 Pack of tickets to Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove! Show is Friday, Sept 14, 7pm at Allstate Arena. Perfect for ages 2+. One winner will be selected and contacted on Monday, August 13. Share your NPN "treasures" with us below for a chance to win!


Posted on August 08, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

New NPN Discussion Forum - Sneak Peak!

The NEW NPN Discussion Forum is launching very soon!  We can't wait to show you all of the cool features and enhancements. As with all technology projects, things always take a little longer than expected and given the thousands of forum posts and nearly 6,000 users, we want to make this a smooth and seamless transition. We thank you for your patience as we roll out this exciting new tool.

Here are a just a few of the newest features that are on their way:

Separate Ch...

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter