New to Parenting? Form A Must-Have Network of Support

Not too long ago (22 months to be exact) I was a brand new mommy and wondering how in the world was I supposed to give my baby the very best attention while dealing with a sea of change and an ocean of hormones. Also, how was I supposed to accomplish simple tasks–like taking a shower and perhaps shaving every once and a while? Or getting used to the idea that my new bundle was also now my bathroom buddy. 22 months later Ty is a little maniac, and still wants to go wherever I go.

So, ho...

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 12:41 PM by Ellie Ander

Brizard's CPS Listening Tour with NPN

Last week, eleven NPN volunteers, partners and staff members had the amazing opportunity to meet with the new CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, Jean-Claude Brizard, as part of his Listening Tour initiative. These small forums with Mr. Brizard give key education stakeholders (including teachers, principals, students, parents, community and faith leaders) a chance to share their thoughts on what is and is not working in CPS.  NPN’s meeting with Mr. Brizard brought together parents represent...

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 11:20 AM by Lee Haas

Soothing Baby to Sleep

Looking for a good night’s sleep? We know how tired you are - so here are some quick and effective tips.

The experts at Smart Love Family Services shared great tips on infant sleep at our July Expectant & New Parents event.  Over 30 new and expecting parents (with some adorable babies!) learned about the norms of infant sleep, tips on helping baby fall asleep, and strategies for coping with sleepless nights.

Didn’t make it to the event? Here are some top sleep tips from Kelley ...

Posted on July 25, 2011 at 7:55 AM

Getting Outside: Urban Tyke Hike

With playgrounds, parks, museums and libraries at our fingertips, we city dwellers are lucky that we don’t have to travel far to enjoy engaging activities with our kids.

But what about when you have only 30 minutes, you’re not motivated to load everyone in the car, or you want your little ones to burn off some energy before naptime? Consider an urban hike, beginning right outside your door.

Almost immediately after learning to walk, our son began asking to “walk on feet.” I love th...

Posted on July 22, 2011 at 10:12 AM by Rachel Kramer

Please, No Capris! Fashion Tips from the Lakeview Group Mom's Night Out

Every day I open my closet to find…tons of clothes but nothing to wear. Whatever the day calls for, a play date in the park or an evening concert with my husband, I feel lacking in the fashion department.  After wearing maternity clothes for the better part of year and now wearing a uniform of t-shirt/jeans most days at home with my daughter, “fashion” has fallen to the wayside.

Needless to say I was thrilled when fashion consultant, Noelle Cellini, spoke out the NPN Lakeview Club’s Ju...

Posted on July 21, 2011 at 2:26 PM

NPN Parent Review: Cirque du Soleil OVO

Special Giveaway just for NPN: We have 2 pairs of tickets to share with our NPN parents for the Wednesday Aug. 17th 8pm show.  Just email hi@npnparents.org by Friday July 29th and tell us why you are excited to see OVO with (or without) your little ones.  Winners will notified via email.  NOTE: Winning tickets are non-refundable and no exchanges.

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I've seen many Cirque du Soleil shows over the years, and I never considered them to be "family...

Posted on July 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM by Sue Zeiler

My Neighborhood - Family Fun in Independence Park and Old Irving Park

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:  Independence Park & Old Irving  Park with Cyrus - All aboard!  And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods

When my wife and I moved to the Independence Park neighborhood 4 years ago we had yet to start our family and weren’t sure how easy it would be to transition to a new part of the city so far removed from o...

Posted on July 19, 2011 at 8:24 AM

NPN Moms in Business - Get to know Caitlin

NPN's Moms in Business brings aspiring and established mom entrepreneurs/business-owners together for networking, fun, and great resources. Katherine McHenry of Building Blocks Toy Store, our NPN Volunteer leader, aims to host monthly events at a featured mom's business.  This month's event is being held at newly opened Urbababy, a Lincoln Park community baby store, which is founded by NPN member and mom Marti Goyal.  For the fun part, Head2Toe will be pampering the moms all evening!

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Posted on July 19, 2011 at 8:24 AM by Katherine McHenry

Babysitter needed ASAP?

“I need a babysitter now!” Does that sound familiar to you?  If you dream about date nights or simply a solo trip to the grocery store, the info  below will help you  make the best decision about occasional or part-time childcare for your family.

Know Who You Are Working With

Ensuring the safety of your kiddos is of utmost importance, so babysitters should be screened just as you would a nanny or daycare provider.  Even if they are only responsible for the care of your children for...

Posted on July 17, 2011 at 6:31 PM by Kayme Pumphrey

Cruise Out of Town - Family Style

Fuel up and hit the road on one of these quick family-friendly road trips! BONUS #1: NPN Parent Perk - get the book for just $8 (ltd. availability) - Email to order. BONUS #2: RSVP for an adventure story time with Elisa at Kookaburra on 7/18 (space is ltd.).

GURNEE AREA, ILLINOIS

Stop Here:

Lambs Farm. Pygmy goats (and more) sidle up for rubs and kisses. Mini golf, kiddie train, old-fashioned carousel and cow bounce house too.

Six Flags Great America. Haven’t been in awhile...

Posted on July 14, 2011 at 9:36 PM by Elisa Drake