It's here: Introducing NPN's Buy/Sell Classifieds!

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Just in time to motivate your back-to-school purge, NPN is rolling out another free member benefit: Buy/Sell Classifieds.

Now you can sell the baby gear, maternity clothes and other stuff that's been taking up space in your closet — and buy the things you need from other parent members — all in one place! 

Browse by category, from Beauty to Toys, and ask the seller questions right from the ad's description page. Selling is ju...

Posted on July 19, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Lauren Viera

5 tips for traveling with extended family and kids

My family of five loves to travel, so we escape Chicago as often as humanly possible. We began our journey vacationing with our extended family after having our third son and officially being outnumbered by our children. Now, five years later, extended family vacations are a regular part of our lives, and we often travel with grandparents from both sides. So, how do we all get along? If you’re the cruise director for your family, listen up! With these tips, paradise is closer than you thi...

Posted on July 18, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Eirene Heidelberger

NPN members save $30 at Dablr

*PARENT PERK BY DABLR*

Have a small job or task you need done? From cleaning to delivering donations, you can post ANY task you need done and connect with a vetted, rated, and approved local who can help for a budget you choose!

Some popular jobs:

✔ Cleaning: For when the kids made a mess!

✔ Yard Work: The weeds won't pick themselves!

✔ Moving: When the dresser is too big for your car!

✔ Assembly: IKEA furniture is tough!

✔ Pick up and Delivery: You need the donation...

Posted on July 17, 2018 at 7:00 AM

More details on CPS's plan to deter abuse and assault

As many of us were finalizing plans for the 4th of July holiday, CPS announced the launch of a new Office of Student Protections and Title IX. This comes on the heels of its "Plan of Action" for sexual abuse and assault (read our original post here) which, presumably, was launched in response to the Chicago Tribune's early-June investigative story on sexual abuse and assault.

According to an official press release quoting CPS CEO Janice Jackson (pictured), the newly established Office ...

Posted on July 09, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Lauren Viera

The Social Media Mom: How Social Media Can Influence the Way We Feel

Photo: BatzKids

Beth is a new mom, and she is exhausted. She hasn’t showered in several days. And even though it's well into the morning, Beth hasn’t brushed her teeth yet. Between breastfeeding on a tight schedule — as prescribed by her pediatrician — and worrying about her daughter gaining weight, Beth has had no time for herself. But today, her daughter is one-month old!

Beth picks out the perfect outfit for her baby. She stages the perfect setting and carefully places her daught...

Posted on July 03, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Jamie Kreiter

The secret to traveling with kids? Planning, planning, planning.

Up to three-quarters of us use the summer season to combine fun and togetherness in a “travel adventure,” as our son describes our family vacations. So start planning your travel adventure now! Planning ahead makes it easier to beat the crowds and reduce trip costs.

Search for savings. We use Groupon and online resources, including those available through professional and museum memberships, to save money. Our annual trip to the Hesston Steam Museum, and visits to some museums, are les...

Posted on June 28, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Ruth Mallery

NPN members enter to receive free tickets to the largest baby show in the country!

*PARENT PERK BY FAMILY MEDIA*

The Chicago Baby Show is coming to Navy Pier on August 25 & 26

Experience top brands, current trends and the newest innovation for babies and parents.

This Chicago Baby Show will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country. No other show offers a broader range of products, education, buying opportunities and activities. It features 150+ top brands, including BabyBjörn, Chicco, Ergobaby, Evenflo Feeding, Maxi-Cosi, ...

Posted on June 26, 2018 at 7:00 AM

NPN members save $500 at Cultural Care Au Pair

*PARENT PERK BY CULTURAL CARE AU PAIR*

If you need a change in childcare, then Cultural Care Au Pair might be the right fit for you! Choosing childcare is no easy decision. Because as parents, we don’t ever want to compromise on quality, flexibility and trust when finding care for the most important people in the world. Hosting a Cultural Care au pair gives thousands of families across the country those very important benefits. We invite you to learn more about who our au pairs are, wh...

Posted on June 19, 2018 at 7:00 AM

I survived the Wisconsin Dells and lived to write about it

Photo: Steven R. Shook/Flickr

It’s a widely known fact that Chicagoans LIVE for summer. I mean, isn’t that why we stick around during the insanely long and rough winter? And if you are anything like me and counting down to summer vacation, let me remind you to put a trip to the Wisconsin Dells on your summer bucket list.

Why do so many Chicago families flock up north every summer? Because the waterpark capital of the world quite literally has it all. As a born and raised Chicagoan I...

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 12:04 PM by Amanda Simkin

NPN members save $30 on one week of camp at Merry Music Makers

*PARENT PERK BY MERRY MUSIC MAKERS*

Merry Music Makers, a leading provider of early childhood music education, has teamed up with Chicago Blue Dolphins to offer this unique camp in Edgewater each summer. Kids spend the first half of their day exploring music and after lunch it's into the pool!

The music mornings are led by Merry Music Makers’ teachers who help kids explore the world of sound by offering hands-on experiences with instruments and sounds from culture around the globe. ...

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 7:00 AM