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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 ...


Feeling lonely , sad and depressed.

Ugh I have written numerous forums before here regarding my unfulfilled marriage.    I am still in this relationship primarily because have 2 young kids and DH is a great father. I mean someone will say WTF is wrong with me because he does x y and z.    i told DH I need to have sex to ...

Managing Adult ADHD without Medication?

My husband has ADHD (was diagnosed in grad school) and is possibly autistic (not formally diagnosed). He lost his job because he just could not get his work done. He refuses to get any therapy (he's not a "talker") and/or medication to help. He says that the founder of ADHD stated that it was a "fak...

Alaskan Cruise - Is this a good deal?

I have an offer for a "free" cruise to Alaska for two adults, which of course is not free, but rather more of a discount, especially since the more free rooms are already booked. The one we could take is a 7 night cruise for 2 adults and 2 kids in a small/basic room for all of us (big window but no ...

Monitoring remote workers

With RTO fears still widespread at a lot of big companies that have remained remote, curious if anyone in HR has insight on the technology used to see if we are actually doing our jobs at home? Is it based on certain programs or just your overall computer? Very curious on the big brother aspect of r...

Zoom link for NPN Parent Chat (pregnancy - preschool) @ Noon TODAY

NPN's first Parent Chat is open from 12:00 - 12:45 today. Please join in! Today we are loosely gearing the conversation around the ages of pregnancy - preschool.    Unlike our monthly webinars that are more structured and have a presenter and topic - you get to lead the discussion, vent ab...

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Co-parenting with someone you hate (or love)

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