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

The 411 On Nanny Shares- Getting Organized

The 411 on Nanny Shares- Will it work for your family?

Special Three Part Series from Sarah Davis, Olive.You.Nanny

(Missed Part 1 and Part 2? Check them out!) 

Part 3 of 3: Getting (and keeping!) Organized

You may think that having two different families sharing one nanny can get confusing. Well, you’re right! But don’t worry, with proper foresight, planning and organization, there’s nothing to sweat. Here are a few points to help


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Posted on June 23, 2011 at 7:42 PM by Jessica Minahan

1st Rule of Sticker Club: Smile & Just Do It!

What is your 1st thought as a busy parent when you see an email come through with the title: "Come play - Sticker Club” and inside are all the makings of a chain letter - send it to 6 people and you get 36 letters with stickers in return?

At first, I admit, I was Debbie Downer about it.  Can I convince 6 other parents to participate given my reaction?  Do I have the time to deal with this?  After ignoring the email for a few days, I finally decided to take the  plunge!

I told Avery abou...

Posted on June 23, 2011 at 12:02 PM by Sarah Cobb

The 411 on Nanny Shares- Managing the Relationships

The 411 on Nanny Shares- Will it work for your family?

Special Three Part Series from Sarah Davis, Olive.You.Nanny

(Check out Part 1 on finding a partner family in case you missed it!)

Part 2 of 3: Managing the Relationships

Woohoo! You’ve found a great family to share with. Now, your nanny will have FOUR bosses?? How do you manage this?

It can already be intimidating to have a husband and wife combo to work for…then, add in another set of parents and things can get do...

Posted on June 23, 2011 at 6:00 AM by Jessica Minahan

The 411 on Nanny Shares- Finding the Perfect Family

The 411 on Nanny Shares- Will it work for your family?

Special Three Part Series from Sarah Davis, Olive.You.Nanny

Part 1 of 3:  First things first…How do you find a family to nanny share with?

No question, it is a pretty intimidating process to search for a nanny.  But, finding a family to nanny share with can also be tricky.  There are a lot of things to keep in mind as you look for both the perfect family and nanny to share your child with. Where do you even start??

Here...

Posted on June 22, 2011 at 8:05 AM by Jessica Minahan

June 23 CPS Board of Ed Meeting from CNC

NPN has partnered with the Chicago News Cooperative to help parents get answers to questions they have about Chicago schools.  CNC education reporters will contribute posts about how CPS works and what's happening at the board of education. CNC will also weigh in about state funding issues and trends in education. If you have a question you'd like to see addressed, please send it to cyednak@chicagonewscoop.org. CNC is our eyes and ears at the CPS Board of Education Meetings.


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Posted on June 22, 2011 at 7:39 AM by Crystal Yednak

6/21 Perk Alert! Discounts on Personal Training

Today is the official start of summer - hooray! Shape up with Orange Shoe Personal Fitness!

Orange Shoe Personal Fitness is offering a 15% to discount on ANY personal training package, which can amount to over $100 saved every month! Our aim is to encourage more parents to make fitness a priority for themselves and their families. Whether it's running around the playground, teaching your kids how to swim, or simply setting a good example for your family, getting to and maintaining a he...

Posted on June 21, 2011 at 4:18 PM by Ellie Ander

My Neighborhood - Family Fun in Bucktown

NPN connects families in neighborhoods across Chicago.  Get inspired to check out a new part of the city or discover something fabulous just around the corner.  This stop: Bucktown with Carly - All aboard! And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods.

Bucktown is my neighborhood and my daughters and I love to check out different playgrounds and play spaces, plus grab grub at some kid-friendly spots on the way. 

Each year at this time, when all my neighbors are emerging from their w...

Posted on June 21, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Chicago KIDS Day- the BEST FEST for families!

There are no shortage of festivals for Chicago families to enjoy during the summer. But, did you know there is only ONE fest totally dedicated to kids and their health and wellness? NPN was proud to partner with Total Balance Chiropractic and the Lake View YMCA to present this year’s Chicago KIDS Day on Sat. May 21st.  Chicago KIDS Day brought together over 700 people and raised more than $7,000 to support NPN and the Lake View YMCA!

Check out amazing pictures from the event from Angel...

Posted on June 15, 2011 at 1:16 PM by Jay Annadurai

Want your kids to eat their veggies – try gardening!

Recently, I had a very unexpected moment – my 4 year old got excited about herbs and veggies – a fantasy few parents experience in a lifetime.  Normally, I can expect her to eat a few raw carrots and sometimes even a small portion of steamed veggies.  At home, we have lots of discussions about the “just one bite rule” or the “just shove it down bite” to make sure she tries new foods.  Occasionally, I sneak in a puree – but by this age, I think I’m at the point where my big girl should start t...

Posted on June 13, 2011 at 12:17 PM by Sarah Cobb