Confessions of a Sloth Mom

Call me Sloth Mom.

Tiger Momdom requires energy  I'd rather devote to celebrity magazines and fruitless attempts to vanquish my mommy tummy. However, like most parents I hope to raise a "successful child" who will be a shining example of my great choices.  I just don't want to threaten to behead our son's Transformer figures if he doesn't study hard and pursuit worthy goals.

Consequently, I was thrilled when Nurturing Wisdom volunteered to present a program on "Developing Persisten...

Posted on October 23, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Parent Perk Discount Reminder! October Is Getting Down to Business

Calling all Moms In Business groupies, NPN business owners, directors and influencers alike! In case you missed this Tuesday's Parent Perk email, here is another chance to cash in on great discounts that are Getting Down to Business!

2 Moms Media & NW Designs Complete Media Kit - Effective marketing starts with effective messaging. Design a complete media kit for $720 (discounted from $900). This includes one client review and revision. Offer must be redeemed by December 31, 2011. ...

Posted on October 21, 2011 at 7:08 AM by Ellie Ander

Decoding Your Child's Behavior

It was the first week of school.  On the playground, a 6 year old was going down the slide with other boys his age.  As he waited in line, another child approached, suddenly grabbed his arm and pinched him.  The pincher's mom jumped into action, apologizing and explaining that her son had never acted like this before.  I sat wondering about the incident.  "Why had he pinched?"  "Was he angry at the boy?" "Afraid losing his place in line?" "Did the other boy say something or get too close?"...

Posted on October 20, 2011 at 6:34 AM by Karen Jacobson

Fall's Here! What's New in Maternity Style?

I’ll admit, when I was pregnant, I had no idea to dress to fit my changing (aka steadily expanding) body.  Sadly, many of my days were spent squeezed into ill-fitting, polyester maternity wear. Luckily, things have changed and staying stylish during pregnancy isn’t too hard!

So, what are this Fall’s top looks in maternity wear? Read what our friends at Kickin’ have to say about 5 MUST-HAVE's for an awesome fall pregnancy wardrobe.

1.) An awesome pair of good fitting jeans.  Jeans n...

Posted on October 19, 2011 at 11:30 AM by Trudy Robinson Foley

Halloween Can Be Too Spooky if You're Two!

Halloween can be, well spooky for little ones aged 12-36 months. Do not be surprised if your baby pumpkin seemed very calm celebrating at 9 months and 1 year later wants nothing to do with tricks or treats. It is common for children in this age range to be nervous about the strange costumes and unfamiliar appearances of those around them for Halloween. They do not yet have the ability to know that under that costume is their friendly neighbor or even their own big brother. So just be prepa...

Posted on October 18, 2011 at 9:30 AM by Sara Sladoje

Back to school doesn't have to mean back to germs

Follow these simple steps to keep germs at bay and your family healthy:

1. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using mild, soapy water. The Center for Disease Control posted guidelines on when and how to wash your hands this past summer at Handwashing: Clean Hands Saves Lives.

2. Make friends with the super bugs. Probiotics will definitely help boost everyone’s immunity and reduce the amount of colds and flus.

3. Anti-bacterial products are not what they claim to be. I...

Posted on October 17, 2011 at 8:37 AM by Jasmine Jafferali

Top 10 Tips to Start your School Search

With NPN's Annual Preschool & Elementary School Fair taking place this weekend, we've compiled our top 10 tips to start your search:

 1 - Determine your family's school search criteria. Consider factors such as cost, location, public or private, schedule, afterschool programs, etc.

 2 - Go to the NPN School page. Check out School Fair details and RSVP, download your NPN School eDirectory, and search the NPN Online School Directory.

 3 - Dip into the NPN Discussion Forum. Ac...

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 8:35 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Help little ones discover their inner bookworm

Do your kids love reading? Do you wish they would read more? Do you want them to learn to love books? It’s time for a trip to Open Books!

Bring your little ones, bookworms and reluctant readers to our colorful and inviting bookstore to inspire and encourage their love for the written word.

Open Books is a nonprofit bookstore with a special mission to enrich lives through reading, writing and the awesome power of used books. Located in River North, the store has over 50...

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Curtis Flagg

Have School Search Questions? We've Got Your Answers!

Remember those early days making friends with other parents at the park? Chatting away cheerfully while pushing your infant in the baby swing. Then, all of a sudden, the conversation takes a turn. Schools...Which ones are you thinking about? Classical? Gifted? Magnet Cluster? Private? Charter?! A whatawhat?!  You smile while the panic sets in, realizing you have no idea what these terms mean. You clearly have fallen way behind all the other parents in Chicago. You rush home and spend the e...

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 9:21 AM by Crystal Yednak

The Great Kindergarten Search: Do your homework!

If your child will be five on or before September 1, 2012, it’s time to begin your elementary school search. With hundreds of public and private schools in Chicago, the search for the perfect school can seem daunting. So where do you begin your search for the best school for your child?

Your school search is a multi-step process:

Understand your child and the things he/she needs to be successful. You may not find a school that addresses all your needs, so you should determine y...

Posted on October 12, 2011 at 6:14 AM by Geri Redd