Posts from: November 2012

Baby #1, Meet Baby #2

Urba Baby and NPN recently paired up with specialists from GRASP Group and On The Go Chicago to help parents expecting their second baby get some great ideas on how to best welcome their bundle of joy.  Sara Sladoje provided some sound advice on how to prepare Baby #1 for Baby #2’s arrival and Cindy McCarthy presented information on how to get around and travel with two kiddos in tow.

At Urba Baby we have some handy items of our own to make your busy life on-the-go just a little e...

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Marti Goyal

Teach Your Daughters to Model Kindness in Five Easy Steps + Giveaway!

My daughter Alex is only 6, and I’m already hearing about “girl drama” at school. Negative comments like “I don’t want to play with you” or “I don’t like what you are wearing today” are hurtful interactions that can make girls feel isolated and alone.

Girls as young as preschool are dealing with friendship struggles and various degrees of social cruelty. It seems hard to imagine your baby involved in such situations, but social conflict takes various forms and is more common than we th...

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 6:56 AM by Alecia Spendlove

The Family Pet – To Go There or Not Go There

I’ve always sworn that I wouldn’t get a dog. My kids have begged for one every day for as long as I can remember. They make a full-time job of it. My reasons for being immune to their pleas have been many:

I don’t really like touching them because they’re – well, you know…ANIMALS.

I have spent too long cleaning up human poop. Do I really want to add animal poop to my repertoire?

I feel so emotionally attached and responsible for six little humans. Do I have the emotiona...

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Julie Cole

Sibling Rivalry

You start cooking in the kitchen after checking that Amy and Adam are playing nicely in the next room. Suddenly, your little Amy is running to you with teary eyes. When you ask her what happens, Amy says that her older brother Adam pushed her. You find Adam’s concerned look in the next room. He admits that he pushes Amy but begins to cry when you put him in a time-out chair. You overhear from him, “I hate Amy. It is not fair.”   

You may face this kind of situation on a regular basis. ...

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Allison Levine

Helping your Child Stress Less with Yoga

When an eight-year-old says he’s stressed, there’s a problem.

As a yoga teacher, I’ve heard it all from my students. People often come to yoga for physical reasons, seeking relief from chronic back pain or shoulder and neck tension, but they keep coming back to the mat because it provides a retreat, a much-needed break from the stresses and tensions of everyday life.

One of my students brought her eight-year-old son to class recently, and when I asked if there was anything I should...

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Kerry Maiorca

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (Nov 26 - Dec 2)


Wondering what to do this week in Chicago with and w/o your kids? Our NPN Calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for families, grown-ups, shoppers, business owners, and parents needing a mental break.  See you around the city!!

FREE & Open to the Public:

- Moms in Business Lunch @ Pasteur Restaurant

- NPN's Fall Quarterly Partner's Networking Event @ Glazed & Infused

FREE & Members Only - Do...

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Amy Johnson

Field Play for Turkey Day

This week, we will be exercising our mouths (eating lots of yummy food), and our patience (hanging with family and out-of-town guests), but what about our bodies? 

You don’t need a gym membership or an indoor play space to get moving over the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Here are 5 fantastic Chicago playgrounds with large, adjacent green space for that game of football, tag, or any other all-family games you may play, perfect for all ages and ability levels.  AND bonus this year:  The Thanks...

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Mistie Lucht

Perks! Discounts on Your Winter Family Getaway

Time for a family gataway? Enjoy two vacations in one at Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark. You can splash and play in Moose Mountain Falls, our 50,000 square foot indoor/outdoor waterpark, AND ski all day at The Mountain Top. Book your Splash and Ski Package for just $259* for for a 'suite' one-night stay complete with loads of day time activities.  Read below for package details.

Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark at Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is the only all-seas...

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 9:35 AM by Ellie Ander

Migraine Relief - A Holistic Approach

Those who have suffered from migraines know they are more than just intense headaches. While headache pains are part of a migraine, there are other symptoms, including nausea, dizziness and sensitivity to light. Treating migraines is not easy, but there are various natural techniques and alternative treatments that can ease the pain.

Most people try to get rid of pain with medications, but this may not be the best solution. Drugs usually have unwanted side effects and, long term, may c...

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Denise Gaskell

You Don’t Have to Move Out of the City!

If you have a baby and live within Chicago’s city limits, you have invariably been involved in discussions about how and where you will educate your children.  Luckily, there are thousands of families who are successfully raising their kids in the city and wouldn’t change their experience for anything.  Chicago offers an incredible breadth of school choices. There are school choices in all age ranges so your selection does not have to be set in stone from the first day of Pre-K.  If you lo...

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Chicago School GPS