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Parenting Advice Topics

Working Moms
Tips on juggling your two (or more!) jobs—mother and employee
New Moms
Connect with other new moms and watch videos on infant care
Raising Good Kids
Thoughts from parents on raising a city kid
Support and resources during your 10-month journey
Sleep Training
Videos on infant sleep and more on that precious commodity
Healthy Children
Keeping kids well, both mentally and physically
Articles and discussion about partners, in-laws and more
Techniques, tips and tricks from experts—and parent experts
Potty training, separation anxiety and managing kids’ moods
Developmental Differences
Support group, fair and more for parents of kids with special needs
Travel With Kids
Trip ideas and strategies for a fun family vacation
Working mom hacks: Tips and tricks to make your life easier
Coffee alone won't cut it. Parents who work full time need a plan to get out of the house on time in the morning with everyone fed, dressed and backpacks packed—without tears. (No one would blame you ...
What to expect when you’re expecting a Chicago baby
Preparing to give birth in the City of Big Shoulders? Get ready. In addition to a generally friendly Midwestern vibe from passers-by, there are a handful of little-known watch-outs and hacks that Chic...
Talking to kids about racism
Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash   “Mommy, why are people protesting?” “Well, some people did some really bad things to a man named George Floyd and people want everyone to know that ...


How are you modeling body love as a parent?

I was recently inspired by an email from Emily Oster that asked, "How are you modeling body love as a parent — and discovering it for yourself?"   I think I was mostly inspired by this question because I'd never really thought about it before. My kids constantly hear me praising them and p...

Only sibling invited

My in laws live in Minneapolis which is an intimidating drive with a 2 and 4 year old so we have had them come here over the years (and help pay their travel so it does not cause financial strain). My MIL suggested that this summer just my husband and 4 year old should fly to see them and I sta...

Orthodontist Recommendation

My daughter finally lost her last baby tooth so it's time to start thinking about orthodontia. We've been getting occasional consultations with the visiting orthodontist at Yummy Dental, but would like to get other recommendations for a good orthodontist in the city's North Side. Friends have referr...

Work etiquette question - share or hide your calendar details?

Low stakes Q for the Google Calendar set. Do you share or hide your calendar details with your coworkers? I do, out of a sense of transparency. I know plenty of other people both above and below me in the hierarchy who don’t - straw poll says, people want to be in control of their calendar. I get it...

Go-To Mealtime Hack for the Whole Family

Anyone else feeling incredibly unmotivated to cook for the family every night with this frigid and gray weather we’re having?! Is anybody also tired of ordering take-out? If you are…keep reading for an NPN exclusive deal! ☺️   Your new go-to, delicious, and exciting mealtime hack is Shef, ...

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Stop asking your child what they want to be when they grow up and instead, try this.

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Raise your hand if you're burned-out from planning weeknight dinners

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Kids' therapy: Trust your instincts and speak up early

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Will her son play nicely? Will the world?

My 4 year old is starting preschool in the fall. This is not necessarily a remarkable event — kids start preschool the world over every year, of course — but given our circumstances and the horridness of local and world events since his birth, I feel this milestone is really something worth cel...

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