Posts from: August 2012

on the Go Chicago's Kid-Sized Happenings for September 1 & 2


We have on the go Chicago’s top picks for this Labor Day weekend events that are just perfect for your family's city adventures!

From jazzin' it up in Grant Park to learning about the Civil War, family fun abounds all over Chicagoland!  Grab the kids, and go have some kid-sized fun!


Posted on August 31, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Cindy McCarthy

5 Things You Need to Know before You Begin Your Estate Plan

Many new parents know that they must have a will but feel overwhelmed with the process.  Parents may not know where to begin or what information they must have to get started.  To simplify this process, here are five key things you need to think about, and know, before you prepare your estate plan.  

1.  Who will be the guardian of your children?  For parents, this may be the most important reason for establishing an estate plan.  A will specifically states who will have guardianship o...

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 7:19 AM by Emily Rozwadowski

The Real Scoop on Your Postpartum Life

Last night, I was in bed reading an article in the "baby" section in a parenting magazine about life after baby.  Maybe the author gave birth so long ago that she has forgotten the real deal.  Here are some excerpts with my “real scoop” inserted.  

“You may lose some hair, develop acne, feel teary, and have night sweats until your hormones return to normal.”

The Real Scoop:

Hair loss:  You know that thick, flowing, goddess-like hair you sported during your pregnancy?  Well, si...

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Jamie Russo

Parent Perks! More Discounts on Fall Activities & School Readiness

NPN understands that the start of the school year can bring a plethora of emotions. To best ease into new routines, we reached out to more Business Partners who generously pass forward the following discounts on school prep and activities:

Chicago School GPS will guide you to your child's school destination, from Preschool to High School, Public & Private.  NPN members receive 25% off our full-priced 90 minute initial consultation. Contact us to help you navigate the myriad of publ...

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 3:47 PM by Ellie Ander

How To Answer the Question "What Can I Do To Help?"

When a loved one is faced with a major crisis like a cancer diagnosis or recovering after a car accident, the first thing we ask is "What can I do to help?".  Thanks to fundraising sites like GiveForward, you now have an answer to the question.

Gone are the days when the most helpful thing you could do is bring over a casserole when a loved one is sick.  Now people have a variety of tools at their disposal to lend a hand, including online fundraising sites that have empowered families ...

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Cate Conroy

The Daycare Drop-Off: Getting Kids Out the Door Without Losing Your Sanity


As the mama of six children between the ages of three and twelve, I know the challenges of getting little people out the door in the morning.  I often describe organizing children as “herding cats”. Working mamas have hectic mornings which are often a blur of breakfast cereal and backpacks. By the time kiddos have eaten, been dressed and dropped off at daycare, the working mama arrives at work feeling as though she’s already put in a full day– yet it’s just beginning! Avoid that...

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Julie Cole

on the Go Chicago's Kid-Sized Happenings for August 25 & 26

We have on the go Chicago’s top picks for this weekend - August 25 & 26 - events that are just perfect for your family's city adventures!

From free dance classes to catching a prize winning fish, family fun abounds all over Chicagoland!  Grab the kids, and go have some kid-sized fun!

#1. Fishing Derby 

Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm

Saturday, 9am-12pm


Posted on August 24, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Cindy McCarthy

The Shy Child

Shyness is something that everyone has experienced at one time or another.  In children shyness is developmentally appropriate at some points in development, but when it persists, it can be worrisome to parents and teachers.   It is typical and normal temporary behavior.  When shyness becomes fearful as in fear of social situations and people, then it should not be ignored by parents.  

There is no one single thing that causes shyness.  It could be the result of negative social experie...

Posted on August 23, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Meghan Lymangood

Time to Plan Family Game Night & Giveaway

Whether your child is getting ready for a playdate or the 1st day of school, games are a great way for families to come together and keep brain cells active at any age.  It is never too soon to plan a family game night and it never gets old.  Here are my game picks to make any family game night fun and keep those noodles sharp.  PLUS GIVEAWAY NEWS!!! Leave a comment below and tell us what is your child's favorite game OR your childhood pick by Mon. Aug. 27 - we will announce (1) randomly s...

Posted on August 22, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Katherine McHenry

Welcome to the New NPN Discussion Forum!

The NEW NPN Discussion Forum is live!  We are here to help you get comfortable and excited about all of the new cool features and enhancements.  Plus - more enhancements (like Personal Messaging and a new Classifieds tool) are just around the corner.  This new platform will enable NPN to continue to grow and enhance our NPN Member benefits.  We hope you are as excited about these new features as we are!  Read more about how we got here from the Backstory.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All members are, b...

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 4:30 PM by Sarah Cobb