Fresh from the Forum: Thank You! Love, NPN

NPN's discussion forums are chock-full of millions of posts on topics ranging from ant problems to play groups!

Recently, one of our members started a post on the reasons they'd like to thank NPN. From fixing ant problems and salon recommendations, to meeting great parents, finding amazing nannies, and advice on topics across the board, people weighed in on what NPN means to them.

The NPN team wants to take a moment to thank YOU, our members, for helping NPN to work, grow, and supp...

Posted on November 04, 2011 at 6:45 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Photo Organizing with iPhoto - Tackle Digital Overwhelm

Digital Overwhelm - We all take tons of pictures these days. With digital photography and iPhones, it’s possible to amass quite a collection of photos of your family and friends. It can be very overwhelming. Where to begin? PLUS, turn these amazing moments into great gifts and keepsakes for your whole family.

Choose one event at a time and try not to process and organize too many photos at once. That can lead to total burnout.

iPhoto and Albums

The first step is to put ...

Posted on November 03, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Jessica Schanberg

Quick & Easy NPN Tips – Forum Updates, TOCK FREE Subscription, & More

We know how busy parents are so here are a few ways to save time, money, and keep up with the buzz on the NPN Discussion Forum!

Visit your NPN My Account page for these easy updates (Log into NPN & Click on My Account at the top of any page):

(1) Get your morning Discussion Forum update email with your coffee! Get an email in the morning only when your posts have activity:

__ Yes! Send me emails when my Forum Discussions are buzzing.

(2) Get your FREE Subscript...

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

Cooking with Kids - Healthy Snacks

Our recent NPN Moms in Business event was an eye opening combination of tips for how to decode food labels with Jasmine Jafferali and a delicious cooking demo with Elena Marre of The Kids' Table.  A happy place where you and your littlest ones will get inspired to make and eat fantastically healthy meals. Thanks to Elena for sharing these MIB tested recipes - they are so easy, interactive, tasty, and ridiculously nutricious.  Test them out with your family!

Snacks & Appetizers - mo...

Posted on November 02, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Elena Marre

Get to Know the NPN Andersonville Group!

The NPN Neighborhood groups are a great way to make new friends, find playdates for your little ones and discover new resources. Two amazing volunteers, Robin Brannigan and Diane Ben-Avraham, lead the  Andersonville neighborhood group and plan fun get-togethers every month!  Join them at one (or all) of their upcoming events in November!  Take your pick from a playdate at the Swedish American Museum on Nov 10, Perpetual Motion bootcamp on Nov 12 or for a free Signing Time Class on Nov ...

Posted on November 01, 2011 at 12:30 PM by Amy Johnson

Perk Alert! Pump It Up Birthday Party Package Discount!

Take advantage of this limited time exclusive offer for NPN members from Pump It Up! Hurry - offer ends Friday, November 4! 

Book any 26 Child Party Package and receive the following for free:

5 - 14” One-Topping Pizzas

5 Two-Liters

26 Balloons

26 Mini Beach Balls

Bonus! Ten Visit Pop-In Play Pass as a gift to the Birthday child 

$227 Value!

Limited time offer. Expires Friday, November 4, 2011. Click for more info about this incredible offer!

Posted on November 01, 2011 at 7:00 AM by Davora Sides

Mommy (or Daddy) Only

Five tips to help your child ease into being cared for by someone else

1. Regularly share caretaking routines and playtime activities with other trusted people when you are there. Encourage others to hold and engage your child. Your child looks to you as his or her emotional barometer. Your tone of voice and body language will reinforce the idea that it’s OK to be in the arms of this relative or friend. Stay within sight so your child knows you are quickly available. Over time, you wil...

Posted on October 31, 2011 at 6:00 AM by Gail Conway

A is for Apple & Apple-Pumpkin Pancakes

October is National Apple Month!  At Purple Asparagus, our cars smell apple-licious as we cart Mutsu, Razor Russet, Scarlet O’Hara, and Lucky Jon’s apples to Chicago Public Schools all over Chicago.

Purple Asparagus is a non-profit that educates children, families and the community about eating that’s good for the body and the planet. Our cornerstone program, Delicious Nutritious Adventures, teaches elementary school students starting with a tasting and ending with a cooking lesson - k...

Posted on October 28, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Melissa Graham

Ask Dr. Julia - What is Death?

We are thrilled to introduce Dr. Julia Rahn, child psychologist and founder of Flourish Studios to our NPN Blog community.  As our children grow up, they come to us with anxieties, fears, and endless questions.  Some are easy to solve with a kiss and a hug, while others leave us stumbling over our own words.  Our "Ask Dr. Julia" blogs will give parents the tools and tips to navigate the bumpier waters.  With that said, lets jump in with a really tough one.

What Is Death?  One of severa...

Posted on October 27, 2011 at 9:00 AM by Julia Rahn

Oct 26 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 education topics and trends. 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. Preview: Chicago Public...

Posted on October 26, 2011 at 9:55 AM by Crystal Yednak