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Working Moms

NPN was created more than 40 years ago with working moms in mind. When you’re working two full-time jobs—mom and employee—your most precious resource is time, and NPN is here to help.

 

Searching for schools for your child and don’t have time to spend hours researching online? Our informative school search videos, Annual School Fair and School & Daycare Directory streamline the process. Have a question about work, kids, schools or anything else? Get quick answers from our parent community on our Discussion Forum.

 

And when you need reassurance or advice about juggling your two (or more!) jobs, our library of articles about the struggles and triumphs of working moms will help you feel less overwhelmed. Long way of saying: We got you, working moms.

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 ...
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3 things working moms shouldn't feel guilty about
Jill*  came to see me for therapy at the end of her maternity leave. She had never experienced anxiety before and was suddenly suffering from shortness of breath, racing heart, difficulty breathing an...
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How working moms can get involved with their child's school
As a mom of a rambunctious 3½-year-old girl and super-active 6-year-old boy and working full-time as a partner in family law, I’m often told that I “do it all.” The seemingly praiseworthy concept, whi...
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Discussions

Big tech layoffs effect on Chicago

Curious if anyone knows local people affected by the big tech layoffs. Wondering how much this is going to shake up the local economy. Also, what is the best resource for unemployment benefits if you have severance? Hasn't happened to me yet but I am definitely vulnerable unfortunately so would rath...

How to start working out

I’m in my kid 40s and haven’t worked out since 2019. I’m not overweight, just woefully out of shape. I’m winded walking up the stairs. I used to enjoy group classes but would be intimidated now. I also don’t like running or treadmills. I know myself and need to have a trainer of instructor to hold m...

Standard for teachers maternity/paternity leave

My sister is looking at teaching in chicago and also family planning. Any teachers on here that can share what CPS and/or some private schools in the teachers offer for maternity/paternity leave?  ...

Baby Boy and Big Sister Gift Ideas for 2nd Time Mom

A colleague I am close to and work with with remotely had a baby boy in December and already has a daughter who is about 4-5 years old. I want to send something for her baby boy's arrival and for her daughter (and/or the whole family - basically I want to recognize this event). I need help with idea...

Headshots- New Job

I just got a new job, and they need my headshot for the media announcement. Of course I haven’t taken one in 10 years, so I need to take new headshot pictures by this Friday, and get the images back in 24 hours or less. Any recommendations on how to get this done? Thanks! Anonymous poster hash: ec4...


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Daycation: All I ever wanted

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Alright, I'll say it: I am so over COVID!

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Navigating the Great Resignation as a parent

We have all seen the headlines around the growing exodus in the labor force with people leaving in what appears to be record numbers. The “Great Resignation” is real and it is impacting all if us in both direct and indirect ways. First, let’s do a brief overview of some of the data. The biggest...

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