Posts from: September 2011

Tips for School Success

The beginning of the school year is an excellent time for students and parents to become acquainted with the year’s goals and expectations. The following checklist may be helpful for parents when evaluating a child’s strengths and challenges.

Does your child:

Follow age-appropriate one- and two-step written directions? Spoken directions?

Begin and/or continue work independently?

Ask for assistance when he needs it?

Complete short-term assignments by the due da...

Posted on September 30, 2011 at 8:39 AM by Heather Bragg

Story Time Extravaganza - Read for the Record

Story times are the perfect way to enjoy an hour with your little ones!  I am so excited to be a reader at Building Blocks Toy Stores' story time week in honor of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record!  We hope to see you one day next week at a Building Blocks in Wicker Park (2130 W. Division) – please pledge to read and join millions of other concerned parents.

Building Blocks will donate $15 to Jumpstart on behalf of each child our local leader reads to at the events.  Thank you to Katherine M...

Posted on September 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

Sep 28 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 September 28, 2011 at 1:00 PM by Crystal Yednak

5 Ways to Make Mornings Easier

The morning rush hour can be exhausting and frustrating.  Does the start of each day feel like a battle with your kids and the constant search for what you need most to get out of the house?  Nevermind the pressure to actually make it to school or an activity on time!  Here are a 5 ways to keep things organized:

1) The Bowl of Essentials

The first step towards getting out of the house quickly is to have a handy bowl of essentials. Never search for your keys, phone, or wallet a...

Posted on September 28, 2011 at 9:00 AM by Jessica Schanberg

My Neighborhood: Family Fun in Kenwood & Hyde 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:  Kenwood & Hyde Park with Geri - All aboard!  And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods

Our family has spent the last ten years in and about the neighboring communities of Kenwood and Hyde Park.  The Hyde Park area spans north to 51st Street, south to 60th street, east to the lake and west to Washington Park. ...

Posted on September 27, 2011 at 8:50 AM by Geri Redd

Got 5 minutes? Get in a workout!

Being a relatively new business in North Center, we at Orange Shoe jumped at the opportunity to speak and share some fitness tips with the NPN Moms in Business event last week.  The event was themed around balance, so we addressed how physical activity and exercise can help you achieve balance physically as well as mentally and psychologically.  Also, since we all are busy folks, we offered some quick 5, 10 and 15 minute at-home workouts ideas. So for those parents who missed it, read belo...

Posted on September 26, 2011 at 9:15 AM by Orange Shoe Personal Fitness

Perk Reminder! Discounts on Family Dinners with Dream Dinners

Dream Dinners helps families manage dinnertime because they believe this is the hour that matters most!

"What's for dinner?" Dream Dinners answers that question for you. Their menu changes monthly and includes over 17 different recipes each month, along with additional pre-assembled dinners, sides, breads, and desserts ready for purchase while in the store. A wide variety of options means that there are plenty of meal choices to satisfy everyone in the family.

Give it a try - here ...

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 11:41 AM by Shellie Slove

Fresh from the Forum: Free Chicago Activities

NPN's discussion forums are chock-full of millions of posts on topics ranging from apple picking to temper tantrums!

Recently one of our members compiled a list of free Chicago activites by day. The following is just a sampling of the many free and fun activities offered throughout the city of Chicago. Check out the full list on the discussion board! Post your own favorites if you don't see them listed!


10:00am - 12:00pm Family Preschool Program @ Garfield Park Cons...

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 6:40 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Open Books - a bookstore doing so much more!

Open Books is thrilled to be partnering with NPN and would like to tell you a little bit about ourselves.  We are a nonprofit social venture that operates a bookstore, provides community programs and mobilizes passionate volunteers to promote literacy in Chicago and beyond.

Did you know that 53% of adults in Chicago have low or limited literacy skills?

It is a shocking statistic, and it is our mission at Open Books to inspire children and teens to learn the fundamental skills along...

Posted on September 22, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Curtis Flagg

Caring for Your Little One’s Eczema

I am a mom and know first hand about eczema problems.  My son presented with eczema before he was 12 months old.  Working in Marketing for Advanced Dermatology gives me an advantage to help my son. Here are some of the pearls of wisdom I’ve accumulated professionally and personally.

Eczema is an inflammation of the skin and with it comes dry, red, scaly patches that often itch. There are many types of eczema and the causes are diverse and include heredity, irritation, allergy, dryness ...

Posted on September 21, 2011 at 7:24 AM by Grace Federighi