Posts from: October 2015

Overheard on the NPN forum: Trick-or-treating etiquette

You're taking your little one out trick-or-treating, leaving your home "unmanned" for the costumed kids trolling your neighborhood for candy. Do you leave a bowl of goodies out on your porch and assume all the Elsas and Spider-Mans will exercise the utmost restraint and only take one piece of candy each? Or do you turn off all the lights and close the drapes, a.k.a. the international symbol for "no candy here"? Our members are debating this hot topic right now on our discussion forum....

Posted on October 30, 2015 at 8:28 AM by Laura Baginski

Your childless friend wants to help

Hi, remember me? Your friend who doesn’t have children? I’m still here. I still love you and want to be part of your life. But I can see that your life has undergone a huge change that I can only partially understand and relate to. If we were to follow societal norms, our friendship would fade over time as I keep inviting you to social events that you can’t attend, and your friendships would deepen with others who are at a similar stage of life.

Here’s the truth: I want to support and ...

Posted on October 29, 2015 at 10:07 AM by Nicole Johnston

Philanthropy spotlight: Children's Heart Foundation

Heather and Mike Shaffer, pictured above, found out early in their pregnancy that one of their twin boys, Tyler, had a congenital heart defect. They knew he would be faced with several open-heart surgeries, and his survival wasn't guaranteed. But what they didn't know was how Tyler's fight would change their lives.


The brave little boy in the photo above and below, showing off his last open-heart surgery scar, inspired them to help more kids like Tyler get the treatment they need—...

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 8:30 AM by Laura Baginski

Skip the Store, Just Open the Door

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Posted on October 27, 2015 at 6:43 AM by Ellie Ander

Overheard on the NPN forum: From the mouths of babes

One of the best things about kids is their lack of filter—they just say whatever is on their minds. That leads to some embarrassing moments in public, for sure, but also some big laughs. If you're having a rough day, the kid quotes our members shared will surely bring you out of your funk. Read more.

Other trending topics:

Do you feel a lot of pressure to breast feed?

Daycare vs. nanny share pros/cons

How important (to you) is diversity at school?


Posted on October 23, 2015 at 10:33 AM by Laura Baginski

How do you know if your child has a developmental difference?

How do you know if someone you love has a learning difficulty? What are some of the symptoms? As the center director at Lindamood-Bell Oak Park Learning Center, I hear these questions frequently, and the following cases and their symptoms may sound familiar to you.

Luke, Michael and Sarah were students I worked with because of their difficulty with reading. While Luke was reading, he would often skip over words, or sound out the same word multiple times in a paragraph. He could not g...

Posted on October 21, 2015 at 8:30 AM by Veronica Gonzalez

The dangers of drawstrings

Nearly 20 years ago, as 13-year-old Brandi Browder stepped off the bus, the drawstring on her coat snagged on the bus's handrail. She fell, the bus drove off and Brandi was killed. Her tragic death provided momentum to efforts to regulate and ban drawstrings on children’s clothing.


Over the two decades following Brandi’s death, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has developed and strengthened safety standards regarding children’s clothing drawstrings, as these pose strangulation a...

Posted on October 20, 2015 at 11:06 AM by Dev Gowda

Half-Off Tix for the Whole Family: Chicago Playworks Presents Esperanza Rising

Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences presents Esperanza Rising, based on the best-selling book by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Esperanza loves fancy dresses, pretty dolls and birthday parties, but when tragedy hits her home in Mexico, she is forced to flee to the United States. Facing new challenges, Esperanza learns to take care of herself and her family. In the process, she discovers her own power to create a new home. Recommended for ages 8 and up.


NPN Member discount: F...

Posted on October 20, 2015 at 6:50 AM by Ellie Ander

4 fab fashion accessories every pregnant woman needs

If you're pregnant, you know that quality maternity basics are essential. Leggings you can wear a couple times a week that don’t pill. A couple pairs of denim that resemble your pre-pregnancy ones. Dark-hued tops you can wear to the office, out at night and on the weekend. A well-fitting, great-quality black dress. 


But how do you accessorize these key pieces to change them from casual to classy, funky to formal? That’s the beauty of accessories. Here are four items that wil...

Posted on October 19, 2015 at 9:15 AM by Trudy Robinson Foley

Overheard on the NPN forum: Do you send your kid to school with a cold?

Your kid is feeling a little run down, has a runny nose and a minor, but persistent, cough. Let him go to preschool or keep him home? Parents grapple with this issue all the time (nearly every week?). Keeping him home will require a day off from work—not a simple feat for most working parents. But sending him to school will make you that jerk parent who perpetuates the (very true) stereotype that preschool is just a large petri dish for germs. What do most parents do? See what parents...

Posted on October 16, 2015 at 9:19 AM by Laura Baginski