Bye bye disorganization, hello New Year!

With New Year's over and holiday chaos behind us, this can be the most opportune time to clear out all the holiday clutter as well as start the New Year off right.  An exciting time to anticipate the freshness of a new calendar and the chance to accomplish important organization tasks that got overlooked during the holiday festivities. 

Here are some organizing activities that can be done individually or as a family to help you ring in 2012 in an organized fashion!

Update your ...

Posted on January 12, 2012 at 7:30 AM by Pooja Gugnani

Fresh from the Forum: Best Parenting Advice

NPN's discussion forums are chock-full of millions of posts on topics ranging from Pampers to preschool!

It goes without saying that our kids don't come with instruction manuals. However, recently one of our savvy members started a thread inquiring about the best parenting advice people have received in the last year.

From books recommendations such as Positive Discipline for the Preschooler and NurtureShock, to the age-old wisdom that "this too shall pass", our members chimed in w...

Posted on January 11, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Get to Know the NPN Adoption Group

The NPN social groups are a great way to make new friends, find playdates for your little ones and discover new resources.

The Adoption group is a great example of a social group that helps connect parents,and in this case, those who have adopted chidlren or are considering adoption.   Two amazing volunteers lead this group and together, they plan fun get-togethers.  We aksed one of the volunteers, Tammy, a few questions to help you get to know her and the group. 

You can join the ...

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 8:45 AM by Amy Johnson

Beyond Manners: Teaching Children Respect

Back talk, lack of manners, name calling, rude behavior and being demanding are commonplace. Teaching children respect and manners is essential; learning to live and behave respectfully translates into self–respect, the building block of self-esteem.

Give respect:

To receive respect from children, parents must respect them. Children learn to treat themselves and others from how they are treated.

Model respect and manners:

Children watch and listen to their parents. Someone ...

Posted on January 09, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Karen Jacobson

Thanks for Celebrating & New Year's Deals!

Thank you to all of the families that came out to celebrate New Year's Eve (a day early!) with NPN! We had a blast kicking soccer balls, jumping, dancing, and counting down with balloon drops every hour!  Check out the fantastic photos from Julia Franzosa Photography and catch her New Year's Eve deal below!!

We have some special after-party deals to share - which are valid until Jan. 15*!

NPN's next big bash: 4th Annual Wake Up & Boogie Down Family Fest! Sat., Mar. 3, 9:30a...

Posted on January 06, 2012 at 11:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Fresh from the Forum: How to use this website

NPN's discussion forums are chock-full of millions of posts on topics ranging from easy recipes to interior decorating!

Recently, one of our members inquired how to use this website? What, with all the NPN acronyms, and strange terminology?!

We've compiled a list of the ones we run across frequently on the discussion forum. We hope this helps clarify, but please feel free to post any others we may have missed!

BYOB - bring your own bottle

BTW - by the way


Posted on January 05, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Done and Done with Diapers- potty training for ALL kids

Potty training can feel daunting at times and many of us wonder, “Will I ever stop having to buy diapers?” (A: YES) or “Did their child really just one day on their own get up from playing, go to the potty, and never wear a diaper ever again?!” (A: NOT LIKELY)

The first thing you need to ask:  is my child really ready?

 5 signs of development that your child might be ready:

• Shows an interest in the potty- for ex., an interest in sitting on it, asking you about it

• C...

Posted on January 04, 2012 at 7:30 AM by Tamara Kaldor

Perk Alert! Orange Shoe Personal Fitness

Get 15% off ANY indivudual personal traning package!

Orange Shoe Personal Fitness - is offering a 15% discount on ANY individual personal training package, which can amount to over $100 saved every month! Our aim is to encourage more parents to make fitness a priority for themselves and their families. Whether it's running around the playground, teaching your kids how to swim, or simply setting a good example for your family, getting to and maintaining a healthy fitness level makes you...

Posted on January 03, 2012 at 10:20 AM by Orange Shoe Personal Fitness

Greater Tolerance for Family Dining

It’s Friday night and your husband suggests grabbing dinner at a place neither of you have been. While he dreams of the beer menu, you might be hit by another thought: Will my child(ren) behave? And now a new concern blindsiding parents these days: Does this restaurant even allow children?

An anti-child trend in local restaurants has owners implementing a controversial “No Children Under Six” rule. The owner of McDain’s restaurant in Pennsylvania, where the “no children” rule exists, s...

Posted on December 30, 2011 at 6:00 AM by Shannon Brown

Staying Rear Facing - Easier than you think!

Do you know when to turn your car seat around? Safety Squad has been telling parents for years to keep their kids rear-facing, at least until 2 years of age, or longer.  In March of 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics officially updated their policy statement to include this recommendation.  Why is this so important?  Quite simply, it is safer.  And, not just a little safer, a lot safer.  Rear facing is 5X safer than forward facing.  This is the single most important thing parents can...

Posted on December 29, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Kim Wilschek