The best Chicago street fests for families

Do Division photo courtesy of Rep3

Summer is nearly here! In Chicago, that means plenty of cheap or free to entertain your kids outside in the glorious sunshine, especially at our city's ubiquitous summer street fests. Some fests are more family-friendly than others, so which outdoor bashes are best for bringing the little ones?

Mommy Nearest writer Rene Ryan came up with a fantastic list of the top 8 Chicago summer festivals for families, and she covers neighborhoods all over the c...

Posted on May 04, 2017 at 1:14 PM by Laura Baginski

NPN members get 20% off Babyganics fan faves for new parents


To parents-to-be, from Babyganics with love

Your little bundle of joy is on the way—hooray! At Babyganics, everything we make is designed with babies—and the people who love them—in mind. From clean laundry and clean hands to diapers and wipes, we help families care for their babies and clean the world around them as they grow boldly!

So whether you’re expecting your first or you’ve got a family on the go, our all-in-one set of essentials has everyt...

Posted on May 02, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Move for kids like Miles at Move for the Kids 5K Walk/Run



After turning blue during “tummy time,” three-month-old Miles was rushed to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s Emergency Department. It was there that his family received the news no family wants to hear: Their son was in heart failure.

“We were told Miles was in critical condition, and that the only way he would survive would be to have a heart transplant,” says Roxanne, Miles’s mom. “Miles didn’t have the usu...

Posted on April 27, 2017 at 10:25 AM

Best Chicago playgrounds for the potty-training toddler

We’ve all been faced with the dilemma: How can we leave our house to go anywhere knowing that at any minute we will hear the dreaded statement of “I need to go to the bathroom!” when potty training our kids? Playground Pointers has a solution to help!  Here are some playgrounds around Chicago with adjacent fieldhouses—with bathrooms! Just make sure you visit during weekdays when the fieldhouses will be open and bathroom facilities will be available.

Margate Playground

Location: 4921 N. ...

Posted on April 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Mistie Lucht

Moms, you're the key to your daughters' positive body image

How do we equip girls with a positive body image? It’s a perennial question that doesn’t seem to fade no matter the advances of women in society. Articles in the press in recent years suggest that girls’ attitudes toward their bodies are most influenced by their mothers. While media messages, stereotypes and peer judgments may contribute to poor body image, mothers are their daughters' primary teacher when it comes to attitudes toward the body and physical appearance.

How do mothers in...

Posted on April 19, 2017 at 11:29 AM by Concentric Counseling

NPN members get membership discount at the Nature Museum


The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is Chicago’s urban gateway to nature and science. Packed with hands-on exhibits for all ages and situated on a picturesque pond in the heart of Lincoln Park, the Nature Museum is the ideal oasis for families and nature lovers!

Experience the whirling wonder of the Nature Museum’s signature exhibit, the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. Watch your child’s eyes light up with joy in this awe-inspiring greenhouse...

Posted on April 18, 2017 at 7:00 AM by Jana Kline

Toilet choosing vs. toilet training: What’s the difference?


There are countless decisions parents have to make in order to raise happy and competent children. But, thanks to a process called “toilet choosing,” there is one decision that parents don’t need to make—when their child learns to use the toilet!

What is toilet choosing?
Toilet choosing allows your child to choose to use the toilet when she is ready to do so instead of training her according to a set timetable.

All children naturally...

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 10:27 AM by Kelly Perez

How to find a last-minute babysitter, fast


We’ve all been there.

The reservations at the fancy restaurant with the mouthwatering brazed short rib and to-die-for locally brewed lager were made weeks ago. You maybe even splurged on a new outfit and got your nails done for the occasion. The baby sitter is booked and everything is ready to go.

But what’s that they say about the best-laid plans?

Even though the reservations are set and the new outfit is ready to go and the sitter will be ov...

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 7:00 AM

One simple exercise to help your kid with math homework

Your child might know what half a cookie is, but how about 4/8 of a pie, or 2/4 of a pizza? If your child knows that all of these fractions mean the same thing, she's well on her way to understanding equivalent fractions. But if fractions strike fear into your child during homework hour, here’s a hands-on way to help her understand how common fractions can be equivalent.

What you need:

8 ½ x11 plain white paper
Colored pencils
Lined notebook paper

What you do:


Posted on April 06, 2017 at 10:34 AM

Your kid probably won't achieve your unfulfilled sports dreams

“Parents should be supportive. We can’t dictate to him what he can be and what he cannot be. So as a consequence, what we do is we participate with him in golf, and if it was bowling, we would participate with him in bowling. Each and every one of us has our own life to live. And he has a choice to live his life the way he wants to live his life.”

In this “That’s Incredible!” episode from the early ‘80s, the late Earl Woods, father of Tiger Woods, discussed the role he and his wife, K...

Posted on April 06, 2017 at 8:55 AM by Matt Beardmore