Posts from: August 2013

Help with identifying food intolerances

Food is supposed to help children grow up healthy and strong. But for a growing number of kids, something as innocuous as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, scrambled eggs, or a glass of milk can cause problems -- and this can be a major source of anxiety for parents, not to mention much discomfort for the child.

While a growing number of children are diagnosed with food allergies, a 2010 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed the prevalence of food allergy ...

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 7:34 AM by Dr Sarah Weber

What To Expect When You're Expecting (to send your child to CPS)

Congratulations, you have a baby! Next to nursery decor, nanny vs. daycare, and which urban stroller to buy, what’s the next most important issue on your list? School of course! If you’re considering sending your little one to one of Chicago’s public schools, in a few years, here are some essential facts to know ahead of time:

Who: Anyone who lives within the city limits of Chicago can send their child to a CPS school. If you don’t live in the city but are planning to move here, you ca...

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 7:29 AM by Christine Whitley

Chicago "spray" grounds! Get wet & cool down!

Spraygrounds!!! It's time to get wet! Here are some great “spray” grounds in Chicago where all ages will enjoy a little cooling off.

Adams Playground:

Where:  1919 North Seminary Avenue, just south of Armitage

The water details:  Adams has a very fun (but very slippery!) water playground area. There is a slide, sprayers, and other fun water play, and Adams supplies water toys (and you can bring your own) for play. Benches surround the water area for observing and there is usual...

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Mistie Lucht

Perks! Discounts on Good Eats and More!

Meez Meals makes it easy to cook delicious dinners from scratch.  We deliver everything you need prepped and ready to go. The ingredients are chopped and measured so you get to do the fun part - the cooking. Special offer: Get 50% off 1st order with code NPN50 through August 31. The info.

Irv & Shelly's Fresh Picks It's easy and convenient to eat healthy with local and organic food delivered to your home for half price! Use your NPN discount FPNPNGE to get healthy produce and check...

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 6:34 AM by Ellie Ander

CPS- Application Time Approaching!

While some parents breath a sigh of relief that school is starting, others are anxiously biting their nails knowing that school selection time is also upon us.  Don’t worry- here are some guidelines on CPS preschool programs and their timelines.

There are 3 types of CPS preschool programs:  Magnet, Ready to Learn!, and Tuition-Based

Magnet Programs: 

CPS currently offers magnet preschool programs at 4 CPS schools:  Suder, Mayer, Drummond, and Inter-American.  These programs ar...

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 8:00 AM by Donna Bracey

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (August 26 - September 1 )


Wondering what to do this week in Chicago with and w/out your kids? Our NPN calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for kids and parents needing a mental break or extra fun.


FREE & Open to the Public:


- Mon. Aug 26, Playdate in the Park @ PFC Milton Olive Park

- Tues. Aug 27, Moms In Business - Lunch & Demystifying "Trademarks" @ P.S. Bangkok Restaurant

- Thurs. Aug 29, End of Summer Shopping Event @ vfish...

Posted on August 25, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Amy Johnson

The Night Nurse Debunked

Chances are if this is your first baby you may have not heard of a night nurse. Well I’m here to give you the 411 on what they do and why hiring a night nurse before your baby arrives can save you! 

I think there are two kinds of families who need a night nurse. People who are first time parents and families who already have children and need extra sleep to survive the days with the kids. So I guess that's almost every family!

I hear all the time from my clients, “what is a night n...

Posted on August 23, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Sarah Davis

School & Daycare Search Survival

If your toddler is anything like mine, 'transition' is a super scary word. As many parents gear up for the first-time transition into daycare or preschool, we hope that the tips below can help ease both of you into this new routine:

Plan a teacher/classroom visit with your child before the start of school

Find or create your own Social Story to ease transitions

Read fun, age-appropriate books together. Try Llama Llama Misses Mama, or I Love You All Day Long

Stay o...

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM by Ellie Ander

Perks! Save $5 Each Ticket: Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic, featuring more than 60 of your favorite Disney characters new and old……it’s the most characters ever in the same show! 

Special savings offer:  Save $5 on tickets by using code CLASSIC.  Playing United Center Sept. 11-15 with FREE PARKING.  Click here to get your tickets today!

Join the celebration as 65 of Disney's unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories come to life in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! You'll be cap...

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 7:09 AM by Ellie Ander

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (August 19 - August 25)

Wondering what to do this week in Chicago with and w/out your kids? Our NPN calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for kids and parents needing a mental break or extra fun.


FREE & Open to the Public:


-- Monday, August 19, Movers & Shakers @ Merit School of Music

-- Tuesday, August 20, Developmental Differences Parent Support Group @ Bellybum Boutique

-- Tuesday, August 20, Mom's Night Out! @ John's Place


Posted on August 19, 2013 at 7:40 AM by Becky Reno