Great July Events Around the City with NPN

One look at our July calendar and you will see tons of great events all around the city for you and your family or just for you.   Go to My Account to manage your mailing list preferences so you receive all the information and emails you need.   Our events fill up fast and when you subscribe to a mailing list, you’ll be the first to receive event announcements.  

Just for New Moms, Expectant Parents and Second-time Parents:

July 13:  Bring your Baby to the Movie@ Showplace ICON The...

Posted on July 04, 2011 at 11:09 AM by Amy Johnson

Summer News for Expectant & New Parents

Baby on the way or brand new mom? Turn to NPN for the resources you need to get a handle on some serious changes heading your way. Happy 4th of July from all of us!

Sassy Moms Get Fit - use code NPNPerk for $10 off VIP tickets to these Sassy Moms in the City events with fitness guru & new mom Sara Haley (ltd. tickets available):


Fit & Healthy Moms-to-Be (7/12) - Pregnant and ready to take fitness to the next level

Sassy Moms Get Fit (7/14) - Tackle those last 5 po...

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Swim Lessons for Kids - Get what works!

Summer has arrived and with it comes frequent trips to the pool, beach, lake and water park.  As a dad of 2 little ones, I needed some expert advice on what to look for and expect when checking out swim lessons.  David Stephens, the Head Coach of the Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club and Wolfpack Swim School, has some great advice for Chicago parents:

Can your children handle themselves in the water without a flotation device? In the U.S., drowning is the second leading cause of death amon...

Posted on June 29, 2011 at 9:47 PM by Matthew Van Tuinen

Top 10 Tips: Healthy Before & After Baby

Around the Bump: Tips for staying healthy during and after your pregnancy!  Thank you to everyone who attended our special 6/16 event for Expecting & New Moms at Soulistic Studio & Spa.  Soulistic Studio & Spa, as an added bonus, stretched us through the benefits of exercise and relaxation for pregnancy and post pregnancy.  Check out the photos (thank you Julia Franzosa) of our wonderful soon to be and new mommies in their beautiful space!

 




We spend quit...

Posted on June 28, 2011 at 3:51 PM by Jasmine Jafferali

My Neighborhood - Family Fun in the Southport Corridor

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: Southport Corridor with Megan - All aboard!  And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods.

My eight years of Chicago living have mostly been spent around the Southport Corridor. The first time around, I had just graduated college and loved the energy and bustle of all of the restaurants, boutiques and yes, many bars....

Posted on June 28, 2011 at 6:16 AM

Playdate of the month: Fire up the 4th of July!

Welcome to NPNʼs first Playdate of the month!  Here are a few easy and fun ways to fire up your 4th of July!

 

Hosting playdates are not only a great way to keep your child entertained and to see their friends. They are excellent opportunities to instill basic concepts in your child giving them the opportunity to learn how to plan, purchase for, set up and host something fun! We thought creating a playdate of the month would be a great way to inspire fun, seasonal and themed activi...

Posted on June 26, 2011 at 8:55 PM by Anne Book

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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Baby logs a...

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