Playdate of the month: Cooking w/ Family & Friends

September is a transition month in Chicago indeed. 

New routines are happening everywhere, the days are shorter and cooler, and for many of our children, it’s back to school.  So why not embrace a new ritual as you settle into Fall.

Cooking with friends and family is a great experience all through life.  Why not create a new play date plan for Fall by initiating a weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly kitchen gathering for family and friends.

Ideas to get you started:

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Posted on September 07, 2011 at 10:46 AM by Anne Book

Are you on board with CPS Track E?

When you think of early August, you picture kids still savoring the carefree days of summer, right? Well, not this time for my child.

Kindergarten for my daughter started a little earlier than planned. We had expected Haley to attend the school she went to for preschool, but when principal discretion was taken away to do that, so were our expectations. After the first school lottery left us high and dry, we tried again. The second resulted in a few, but none that lifted my spirits. Whe...

Posted on September 06, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Elisa Drake

Q&A: How to find a great nanny

Having a Nanny is wonderful — but it can also be confusing, overwhelming, and downright scary at times. Here are some straightforward tips for for parents looking for a great nanny.

Q: What advice do you give parents looking to hire a nanny?

A: The first piece of advice I have is to first time Moms who’ve chosen to return to their careers. You must own your choices and tune into your emotions during this transition. If you are deeply conflicted about leaving your children with some...

Posted on September 05, 2011 at 10:00 AM by Ingrid Kellaghan

Hot Topic: CPS Longer School Day Advisory Committee

As many of you have recently heard, CPS plans to extend the school day beginning with the 2012/2013. (You can read more about this in the Press Release from the CPS Office of Communications.)

This topic has raised quite a bit of discussion on everything ranging from teacher contracts to student benefits. CPS is launching a Longer School Day Advisory Committee to “provide guidance about an extended day structure and the implementation strategy schools can adopt in transitioning toward a...

Posted on September 02, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Lee Haas

School Fair VIP Access – Support NPN & Get Right In

The annual NPN Preschool & Elementary School Fair is quite an event with nearly 900 parents coming together to talk with 100+ public and private schools. It can be incredibly helpful and also overwhelming. Over the next few weeks, we will be telling you more about how to RSVP and what to expect. VIP Access is a great way to secure your spot and gain ultimate flexibility. Special Cubs bonus ends 9/9!

The Oct. 15th exhibitor list is filling up with great schools, enrichment programs,...

Posted on September 01, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Leslye Whittman

NPN's Fall Parent to Parent arrives with School Search help & more!

Fall is just around the corner, the time of year when we all get in a "school" frame of mind. Whether you are starting your first school search or just trying to make the transition from summer to the school routine smoother, NPN parents have advice to help make things easier in the Fall issue of Parent to Parent. Download the new issue now to read about: (May take 1-2 minutes to complete.) 


Top 10 tips to start your school search

Teachers' tips to ease the transition to firs...

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 11:00 AM by Ellie Ander

Clear out the clutter & earn $$$

Want to clear out all of your children’s gently used items and earn cash at the same time?  Consider participating in the Babies, Tots n’ More Fall Consignment Event.  You set the prices, and we sell your items for you.  The best part is you earn at least 65% of the profit without even being there.

Think it won’t be worth your time? Think again.  One of our happy consignors from the Spring Event received a check for $928, the average consignor earned $211.  Not only will you feel good ...

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 9:00 AM by Kristin Myers

My Neighborhood: Family Fun in Andersonville

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:  Andersonville with Robin - All aboard!  And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods

After living in Wrigleyville for 6 years, I moved to Maryland for love.  My husband and I moved back to Chicago about 5 years ago settling in Andersonville.  When living in Wrigleyville, I thought any thing north of Irving Park was ...

Posted on August 30, 2011 at 10:00 AM by Robin Brannigan

Perk Alert! August Delivers a Potpourri of Discounts.

Alrighty members - in case you missed last week's Discounts from NPN's exclusive Parent Perks program here they are once again. Cash in on this great 'perk' to your NPN membership. Please log in to view full details of these discounts.

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Urban Family Chiropractic & Acupuncture
Let Urban Family Chiropractic help get your body and soul aligned. Improve aches, pains, anxieties, and overall body function. NPN members pay just $2...

Posted on August 30, 2011 at 7:30 AM by Ellie Ander

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