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

Aug 24 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. If you have a question you'd like to see addressed, please send it to  CNC is our eyes and ears at the CPS Board of Education Meetings. 

RECAP: Chicago Public Schools Aug. 24, 2011, Board of Education Meeting:

The property tax hike and the continued back-and-forth with the union over a longer day have dominated CPS news as of lat...

Posted on August 27, 2011 at 4:00 PM by Crystal Yednak

Late Summer Fun-Picking your own produce

Are you looking for a fun, healthy day trip that’s cost-effective, child-friendly and yields enjoyment for weeks to follow? Consider picking your own produce. Here are some tips for planning your trip.

1. Decide when you are going and what you would like to pick. Unlike shopping in the grocery store— where we have the illusion that most fruits and vegetables are available year-round—most u-pick crops have a short window for picking. In general, strawberries are available in June; b...

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 10:00 AM by Hope Egan

Simple Solutions: Getting Organized for Back to School

The weeks leading up the first day of school are filled with excitement and anticipation. This is the perfect time to lay the groundwork for an orderly, clutter-free school year. Here are some organizing tips and products that will help get you there:

Use a Family Calendar


A centrally placed calendar is essential for keeping your whole family organized and getting your children involved in the planning process. The larger the better, so there is enough space to include everyo...

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Nelson

Want kids to eat veggies? Try Purple Asparagus

Imagine a class full of children swearing that they hate vegetables. Not hard to envision, right? Come back in an hour and watch them swarm the teacher’s desk for any leftovers from their veggie tasting. Believe that? I’ve witnessed this transformation on hundreds of occasions while teaching with Purple Asaparagus in the Chicago Public Schools.

Purple Asparagus educates children, families and the community about eating that’s good for the body and the planet. Delicious Nutritious Adven...

Posted on August 24, 2011 at 2:00 PM by Melissa Graham

My Neighborhood: Family Fun in Beverly

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:  Beverly with Katrina - All aboard!  And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods

My husband and I moved to Beverly in 2005, a year before our first child was born. We wanted a yard and good schools, and we wanted them for a good price. As a former Northsider, I had always thought that anything south of Hyde Park was...

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 10:00 AM by Katrina Pavlik

Business Trip Blues

Leaving home again... Another two-week stint away, making it four of the last seven weeks that I have been out of town for work. It’s tough to be away for that long…for me, my wife, my kids, our household. How many families in Chicago battle the same thing?

For the past five years, travel has been a big part of my job. But this summer has been worse than usual. I probably spend a total of two to three months a year on the road.

What has been interesting and depressing at times is t...

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 9:00 AM by Matthew Van Tuinen

Handling Separation Anxiety in Your Child


As children experience new activities and places, parents may notice an increase in their child’s anxiety or difficulty separating from a parent. Separation anxiety is a normal part of a child’s emotional development that helps a child distinguish between safe and non-safe environments. Peak times for separation anxiety are around eight to 10 months and again at 18 months.

Here are some tips to help ease times of transition:

1. As children learn to identify and manage their e...

Posted on August 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM by Aoife Lyons

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