Posts from: May 2012

3 Things to Watch Out for After Childbirth (& What to do!)

You’re six weeks post-partum and you’re a wreck.  Sleep is a luxury, a daily shower is a thing of the past, and most likely, you’re dealing with some new challenges and unexpected changes to your body. 

We have 3 ways to get you feeling “normal” again AND a great giveaway for our readers.  Comment below or on Facebook and tell us what you experienced OR are experiencing post-partum.  (1) Winner will be selected randomly on Tuesday 6/5 to win a great WHF package: 

Total Con...

Posted on May 31, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Molly Parlier

5 Simple Ways To Prep Your Pelvis for Childbirth

One of the most remarkable wonders of the female body is its ability to carry and deliver one (or more!) infants.  The fact that a pear-sized organ, the uterus, can expand that much is a physiological feat!  

At Women’s Health Foundation, we refer to childbirth as “the Boston Marathon of the pelvis.”  If you were really running the Boston Marathon, you would do months of training to get into shape, including exercise, stretching, and good nutrition.  However, many women tend to sh...

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Molly Parlier

Summer in the City- Activities for Babysitters & Kids To Explore this Summer

As a mom, does the word "summer" call to mind both joy and trepidation? Why not hire a babysitter and put your feet up for an afternoon or two each week? Summer sitters can be a welcome change for both parents and kids; someone young and energetic to splurge on ice cream and lead the charge to a museum or water park -- perfect!    

When you find your perfect summer sitter, here are a few activities around town that the kids are sure to love.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: ...

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 7:10 AM by Jenny Rowland

Entering Mommydom

The NPN Parent to Parent Summer Newletter - Coping with Change and Transition - will be arriving soon! Here's a preview of what's to come!

Having a baby changes everything. We have had our share of sweet kisses since our daughter’s birth, yet the transition to post-baby life brought numerous challenges. Here’s how we dealt with three aspects of being a new parent:

Change in social interactions

When I returned to work, participating in non-baby conversation took practic...

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 7:50 AM by Lindsay Rhodes

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We know the NPN Discussion Forum is loved - it gets 600,000 page views a month!  We have very exciting changes coming this summer and now we need your help.  Get ready for a new forum platform with features like:

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Posted on May 24, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

When a Child is Diagnosed with a Mild Disability: 5 Steps for Parent

The first time I ever spoke to parents about parenting a child diagnosed with a mild disability, I was in my internship year working towards my master’s degree in family counseling.

I created an educational support group for parents and had about eight women and one man signed-up to attend.  Before our first group session, I watched as each parent came into the large conference room. It was obvious from the minute the father stepped into the room that he was very uncomfortable. I could...

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 6:10 AM by Melanie Arons

Parent Perks! Discounts on Indoor Play with Kookaburra Play Cafe

NPN members save 47% off a summer 3 month unlimited pass plus get a bonus $20 coupon for class registration and a $50 coupon for birthday party bookings.

Kookaburra Play Cafe is a vibrant indoor play space for the modern urban family, with a focus on design, creative expression, and social interaction. We offer eco-modern toys and furniture, stimulating educational classes, specialty coffees, Lovely Bake Shop pastries, and free wifi. We are conveniently located at 2267 N. Clybourn Ave...

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 1:33 PM by Ellie Ander

Choose a Child Care Provider Who's S.M.A.R.T. About Play!

Play is essential to healthy growth and development. When children are playing, they create their identities, build relationships, learn to focus, gain confidence and much more. At Chicago Children’s Museum, we encourage you to find a child care provider that makes “S.M.A.R.T.” choices for play.


Children need adults to help them stay safe physically and emotionally. Look for:

A clean environment that ensures physical safety

An environment that reduces the n...

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Natalie Bortoli

Only 2 More Days Until Chicago KIDS Day!

Only 2 more days until the BEST KIDS FEST of the summer- Chicago KIDS Day!  The forecast is calling for sunny skies and warm weather so make plans to join us this Saturday, May 19th at Chicago KIDS Day from 10am-2pm.  All the fun takes place under a huge white tent at Ashland/Barry, keeping you comfortable as you visit sponsor tables with activities, arts & crafts, snacks and more. Focusing on children's health & wellness, this family-friendly festival will have your kids playing, ...

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 6:41 AM by Jay Annadurai

How to Streamline Your Kitchen & Get Cooking

Many times we get stuck in a rut in our kitchens. There’s stuff everywhere and in no particular order. The first thing to do is to take stock of what you have versus what you really need. These are just a few suggestions that may help you make your kitchen easier to use and less cluttered.

#1.  Prioritize Gadgets & Appliances: You may have a lot of gadgets and appliances that you almost never use. If you can part with something and sell or donate it, then you will have more ...

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM by Jessica Schanberg