Spring Parent to Parent - Childcare

Written by: Jill Chukerman Test

NPN's Parent to Parent is filled with the topics you need to navigate parenting in the city. Spring is all about Childcare, family relationships, and making the most of the city.  Download the full issue and get all of these great articles!  We want to hear from you - email us what you want to read more about! . 

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NannyShare Chicago: By Sarah Davis, NPN member since 2004, Board member since 2009

If you are pregnant or have a newborn, you probably have heard about a NannyShare, the new big thing sweeping across the nanny industry. There are pros and cons to a NannyShare; my goal is to shed some light on a few issues.

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Just for Dads: By Daniel P. Murphy, NPN member since 2009, Board member since 2010

Dads have the opportunity to spend time with our children alone to give Moms a break, either during the week or on the weekends. So where to find the right activity that will keep our kids entertained? As a Dad, I try to maximize my time with my son and find venues that are fun yet interactive for both of us.

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Achieving Work-Life Balance Through Cultural Exchange: By Karen Hurley, NPN member since 2010

The Gwinn family of Roscoe Village, like all of us, is trying to balance it all—life, family and work. With Dad traveling for business three or four nights each week and Mom home taking care of three active children, the Gwinns found a solution: au pairs.

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The Nanny: Your Secret Weapon for Getting Organized: By Sarah Giller Nelson, NPN member since 2008

Spring is the perfect time to clean and reorganize your home. This year, employ your nanny in the process—she spends most of her time surrounded by your child’s stuff. Here are some tips to help you help her create an organized kids’ space.

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Babysitting Co-op: More than “Free” Babysitting: By Melanie Schlachter, NPN member since 2008

The typical cost for babysitting in Chicago starts around $10 per hour and goes up from there. And a good sitter is tough to find. One solution: a babysitting co-op. “I really appreciate getting to know the other parents, especially seeing how they interact with their kids and other families’ kids,” says one Co-op mom.

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Guidelines for Fighting in Front of the Kids: By Tovah Means, NPN member since 2010

What kind of marital conflict is appropriate to show in front of the kids? While it is important for them to learn that their parents can disagree, be angry and hurt and still love and respect each other, some types of conflict can be harmful and are best left to the bedroom. Here are some rules of thumb.

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Introducing the Joys of Sports and Fitness: By Barb Lazarus, NPN member since 2010

Sports and fitness—an active lifestyle—are good for the body and soul. This message is proven, receiving more attention and emphasis by the day. So how do we safely and effectively introduce our youngest children to a physically active life? And once we expose, how do we hook them forever?

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Go Green Baby Style: By Kim Sledgister, NPN member since 2007

There is enough lingo in the green movement to make your head spin. Going green is all the rage, especially when it comes to our children. By now, many of us have heard the terms “organic,” “eco-friendly” and “socially conscious.” But what do they actually mean to us?

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Caring About Reading: By Hope Egan, NPN member since 2006

Almost daily I experience the same pressure most parents feel to help their children learn. As a homeschooling mom of a four-year-old, I have been doing some homework on how to best help my little one become an academic all-star—especially in the area of reading. Here’s what I’ve learned so far.

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Top Chef Parent: By A’me Dunn, NPN member since 2009

I was watching Top Chef and wondering why those chefs can’t be more creative, can’t finish on time and mess up the easiest things like over-salting. I imagined myself as a “Top Chef Parent” contestant, with a Quickfire Challenge, Elimination Challenge and more—every day.

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Are You A Diaper-Bag-Toting Foodie?: By Cindy McCarthy, NPN member since 2008

As a food lover and a mom of two toddlers, I am always searching for great restaurants that also accommodate the needs of young families (highchairs, changing stations, kids’ menu, etc.). Luckily, in Chicago it is possible to find sushi restaurants that have kids’ menus and great Italian restaurants where kids eat free.

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NPN Neighborhood Picks: Spring Favorites: Compiled by Amy Archer, NPN Program Manager, NPN member since 2003

Our amazing volunteers recommend favorite spots for families to eat or play in neighborhoods all over the Chicago area.

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Posted on April 06, 2011 at 9:52 PM