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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 ...


Where do you stay in Napa Valley?

Hotel? Airbnb? We will have three families in our trip and we could stay in an Airbnb or a hotel. It looks like there's no airbnbs that I could find. Also what kind of cost am I looking at or seems reasonable for the summer? ...

Ask the Expert: Dr. Cindy Rubin of In Touch Pediatrics and Lactation

The NPN team is pleased to introduce Dr. Cindy Rubin, owner of In Touch Pediatrics and Lactation as a resident expert at NPN.  This is your chance to ask her everything you wanted to know about the fourth trimester, infant pediatrics, breastfeeding, and more.   Post your questions for Dr. ...

Insight on Lurie hack duration?

Does anyone have insight as to how long the Lurie systems will be down? Since no one has a crystal ball, I’m assuming the answer is “no one knows for sure”…but I’ve been trying to schedule a surgery for my kid that isn’t life threatening but very much impacts her quality of life and I’ve just gotten...

Travel agent??

I am sure this info is buried in these pages, but to save myself trouble, at a busy time, does anyone use an old-fashioned travel agent that they like?  My mental health needs to get some "get aways" on the books, and have no time to plan.    Recommendations welcome! ...

Please share your Primary Care Physician recs!

I just got an email that my primary care physician's Chicago practice is closing.  I do love my PCP, but I'm not following her all the way out to Buffalo Grove.  Any recommendations on great PCPs in the city (north side or downtown) in network with UHC?  I would ideally like someone who is open to h...

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