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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 ...


Midwest Rural Farm Getaways

Does anyone know of rural getaways like Southhall in Indiana/ Michigan/ Wisconsin/ Illinois/ Iowa? Seems like a fun fall weekend trip? At the right price point?   https://southalltn.com   id imagine there would be so many farms and inns in this area - but I can’t find  anything? ...

New NPN Events Coming Up this Fall

Please join us for these new, monthly events launching in October! Stay tuned for January - March dates and check the calendar soon for more events! RSVP at the links below.   New Moms 10/24 8pm New Moms Group (virtual) 11/18 9:30am New Moms Group (in-person) @ Lincoln Park Branc...

Meeting with school for 504 plan diagnosis - need advice

I have a 504 plan evaluation meeting with my son's CPS high school next month. He has suffered from anxiety for years and sees a therapist.   Is this meeting just a formality? Is there really a chance that he could be denied? Pedriatrician assured me that he more than meets the conditions ...

Tell me about getting your eyes dilated.

How long after until I can see ok? How did you feel after? Thanks! ...

Berries/mushroom picking age appropriate

A grandparent wants to take my 5 year old to pick mushrooms and berries in the forest with them as foraging is one of the grandparent's true passions and they do know what they're doing. I think my kid is too young to be empowered to think that they have good enough judgement on what wild plants to ...

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