Posts from: February 2012

NPN's Upcoming Events

NPN is bustling with great events to try with or without the little ones. In case your email is exploding, here are a few you won't want to miss!

Join NPN's Dads group, and other parentes and children for Pizza & Play @ Purple Monkey - Bucktown's newest indoor play room! Relax, connect with other adults, and enjoy a some pizza as your children explore this whimsical on Friday, February 17 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Pleae RSVP to reserve your space.

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Posted on February 17, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Can't sit still? Tips for helping kids sit still

Many children are in constant motion. Their bodies and minds are like a motor, always moving, squirming, wiggling, running, talking, and on the go. When the fidgeting becomes excessive, it can impede functioning and learning, and negatively impact every day life. Your child can be fidgeting for various reasons, including difficulty self-regulating .  He may have a “high engine” and need some heavy work input to lower his “engine,” or arousal, to a more regulated level. Or, he may have a “l...

Posted on February 16, 2012 at 5:48 AM by Marissa Edwards

Hot Hot Hot - What's new in toy land for 2012

Fantastic new toys keep popping up on Building Blocks Toys Store shelves! I truly have the best job.  It is always great to play with the classics like slinkys, jacks, tiddleywinks, and marbles.  But here is just a sampling of the newest 2012 play friends:

Playmobil is perfect pretend-play for older children.  Lots of detailed parts for hours of imagination, storytelling, and group or individual playtime.  The western series is sure to be a big hit this year.

Just in time for Valen...

Posted on February 15, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Katherine McHenry

February NPN Perk Picks - Sweet Deals for Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day! Roses are red, violets are blue, here my Parent Perk Picks, from NPN just for you! To access each business' Perk details and promo codes, please log in and click on their link below.

Valentine's Day Perks

Tipsy Cake - Stop in for an afternoon tea with your sweatheart. NPN members receive buy one afternoon tea, get one free. Must mention NPN when you call for your reservation. 

Chicago CPR - Protect the hearts of your loved ones. NPN members always receive...

Posted on February 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Share your little Valentine with NPN and win!

This week is full of pink, red, and hearts all over.  Show us your love and win some great Chicago tickets.  Just send us a photo of your little love bug and get entered to win two complimentary tickets to Girls Night Out - Go Red for Women (good for 2 adults) and two tickets to NPN's Wake Up & Boogie Down Family Festival (good for one adult and one child)!  Email your photo to to get entered this week.  

Make sure you like the NPN Facebook Page to see the winning...

Posted on February 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Be Diaper Free- recap & potty training tips from great event

Did you miss the Done & Done with Diapers seminar? Don't worry- here's a great recap of the event from our speaker Tamara Kadlor, MS. If you have questions on whether your child is ready for potty training, how to pick an approach that works for your family or tips for families of children with developmental differences, you can check out her previous blog here. 

How long will Potty training take?

On average, successful potty training takes about 3-12 months.    

Why can it...

Posted on February 13, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Tamara Kaldor

Fantastic FREE South Side Events!

Three new events were just added to our calendar for expectant, new and seasoned parents who live or work near the South Loop and Hyde Park Neighborhoods.  Connect with other families, discover new places to learn and play, and go home with must-have information for city parents.  Visit our NPN South Side Neighborhood Page for upcoming events.  

Wed. Feb. 22 - 1:30-3:30pm, New Moms Mingle @ Park 52 Restaurant

New Moms Mingles are such a fun way to meet other new moms and to learn more a...

Posted on February 10, 2012 at 9:30 AM by Sarah Cobb

Starting a relationship with your nanny

Of course we all want to have a relationship with our nanny that is both personal and professional. It’s a fine line and it’s in your hands to get the relationship off on the right foot. An ideal nanny will ask us about our weekend but refrain from asking details of our night out. How can we establish this relationship and not get in too deep?

When hiring a nanny…

Make sure you share the same values about children as your nanny. Talk about expectations, values and education.

Posted on February 10, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Sarah Davis

Happy Valentine's Day - So Simple and Sweet!

Hello Lovies!  Valentine's Day is such a fun holiday to share with children. There are so many darling ideas out there it's hard to choose!  We decided to go Sweet & Simple and share some of our favorite inspirations with you.

1. Decorations.  Making cute mailboxes for the family to leave cards in is such a fun idea.  Create a little centerpiece from some simple items or even carnations!

2. Get Crafty.  Break out the craft supplies and have a party making valentines for each ot...

Posted on February 09, 2012 at 7:30 AM by Anne Book

Recycled Sock Snakes - Great green project for your preschooler!

There are lots of fun ways to demonstrate an eco-friendly lifestyle to your little ones.  We all know about turing out the lights and turing off the water when brushing teeth, but it can be more challenging to help kids understand recycling and where their waste really goes.  The project below is a great way to engage your child in an experience where reusing an everyday item is fun and playful.  While you do this activity with your preschooler, make sure to explain that by reusing their o...

Posted on February 08, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Claire Hurwitz