Posts from: July 2011

Perk Alert! 20% Off Any Plum District Deal

Did you miss NPN's Parent Perk Alert from Tuesday, July 26th? No worries! Here goes:

Plum District - Deals for moms, by moms. Plum District consultants are local, involved moms who care about what moms care about: supporting the local merchant by bringing handfuls of new and repeat customers. Additionally, Plum District supports what our moms support: schools, charities and causes! Watch for NPN's Fall 2011 Parent to Parent newsletter for our exclusive $250 giveaway to any school of yo...

Posted on July 29, 2011 at 11:02 AM by Ellie Ander

#1 Lesson I learned as a new parent

Recently, I asked the NPN Board of Directors, what is the #1 lesson you learned as a new parent.  Here is some great advice as you navigate the day-to-day ups and downs of parenting:

“A hug can deflect a lot of frustration.” -Elisa

“While the minutes may drag forever, the months fly by. Try your best to stay present through the sleeplessness and frustration. It all passes quickly.” -Kelley

“With twins, the first three years were very challenging, having two babies’ needs to mee...

Posted on July 28, 2011 at 9:37 AM by Kelley Ahuja

July 27 CPS Board of Ed Meeting from CNC

NPN has partnered with the Chicago News Cooperative to help parents get answers to questions they have about Chicago schools. CNC education reporters will contribute posts about how CPS works and what's happening at the board of education. CNC will also weigh in about state funding issues and trends in education. If you have a question you'd like to see addressed, please send it to 

CNC is our eyes and ears at the CPS Board of Education Meetings. Preview: C...

Posted on July 27, 2011 at 9:56 AM by Crystal Yednak

New to Parenting? Form A Must-Have Network of Support

Not too long ago (22 months to be exact) I was a brand new mommy and wondering how in the world was I supposed to give my baby the very best attention while dealing with a sea of change and an ocean of hormones. Also, how was I supposed to accomplish simple tasks–like taking a shower and perhaps shaving every once and a while? Or getting used to the idea that my new bundle was also now my bathroom buddy. 22 months later Ty is a little maniac, and still wants to go wherever I go.

So, ho...

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 12:41 PM by Ellie Ander

Brizard's CPS Listening Tour with NPN

Last week, eleven NPN volunteers, partners and staff members had the amazing opportunity to meet with the new CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, Jean-Claude Brizard, as part of his Listening Tour initiative. These small forums with Mr. Brizard give key education stakeholders (including teachers, principals, students, parents, community and faith leaders) a chance to share their thoughts on what is and is not working in CPS.  NPN’s meeting with Mr. Brizard brought together parents represent...

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 11:20 AM by Lee Haas

Soothing Baby to Sleep

Looking for a good night’s sleep? We know how tired you are - so here are some quick and effective tips.

The experts at Smart Love Family Services shared great tips on infant sleep at our July Expectant & New Parents event.  Over 30 new and expecting parents (with some adorable babies!) learned about the norms of infant sleep, tips on helping baby fall asleep, and strategies for coping with sleepless nights.

Didn’t make it to the event? Here are some top sleep tips from Kelley ...

Posted on July 25, 2011 at 7:55 AM

Getting Outside: Urban Tyke Hike

With playgrounds, parks, museums and libraries at our fingertips, we city dwellers are lucky that we don’t have to travel far to enjoy engaging activities with our kids.

But what about when you have only 30 minutes, you’re not motivated to load everyone in the car, or you want your little ones to burn off some energy before naptime? Consider an urban hike, beginning right outside your door.

Almost immediately after learning to walk, our son began asking to “walk on feet.” I love th...

Posted on July 22, 2011 at 10:12 AM by Rachel Kramer

Please, No Capris! Fashion Tips from the Lakeview Group Mom's Night Out

Every day I open my closet to find…tons of clothes but nothing to wear. Whatever the day calls for, a play date in the park or an evening concert with my husband, I feel lacking in the fashion department.  After wearing maternity clothes for the better part of year and now wearing a uniform of t-shirt/jeans most days at home with my daughter, “fashion” has fallen to the wayside.

Needless to say I was thrilled when fashion consultant, Noelle Cellini, spoke out the NPN Lakeview Club’s Ju...

Posted on July 21, 2011 at 2:26 PM

NPN Parent Review: Cirque du Soleil OVO

Special Giveaway just for NPN: We have 2 pairs of tickets to share with our NPN parents for the Wednesday Aug. 17th 8pm show.  Just email by Friday July 29th and tell us why you are excited to see OVO with (or without) your little ones.  Winners will notified via email.  NOTE: Winning tickets are non-refundable and no exchanges.


I've seen many Cirque du Soleil shows over the years, and I never considered them to be "family...

Posted on July 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM by Sue Zeiler

My Neighborhood - Family Fun in Independence Park and Old Irving Park

NPN connects families in neighborhoods across Chicago.  Get inspired to check out a new part of the city or discover something fabulous just around the corner.  This stop:  Independence Park & Old Irving  Park with Cyrus - All aboard!  And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods

When my wife and I moved to the Independence Park neighborhood 4 years ago we had yet to start our family and weren’t sure how easy it would be to transition to a new part of the city so far removed from o...

Posted on July 19, 2011 at 8:24 AM