Posts from: November 2015

NPN Fresh Discount of the Week!

Sod Room is a unique and eco-friendly indoor playspace and resource center located in the South Loop. Sod Room offers a wide variety of classes and events for parents and children including music, storyART, infant massage, Baby Sign Language, foreign language and a weekly on-site lactation consultant. Let Sod Room help you host your next special event. Their parties are hassle free, green and fun!

NPN member-only exclusive offer: $50 off birthday parties taking place in November and De...

Posted on November 12, 2015 at 6:36 AM by Ellie Ander

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 November 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM by Sarah Davis

Overheard on the NPN forum: Do you lose your temper with your kids?

Kids of any age can work your last nerve every now and then, but toddlers? They take it to a whole new level. So how do you react when they push you to the brink? Yell? Laugh? Shout, "Serenity now!" to the heavens? Our members are talking about how they handle it when they lose their temper with their kids. Read more.

More trending topics:

Being left out hurts: Moms, stop "social engineering"

Why do people have a strained relationship with their siblings?


Posted on November 06, 2015 at 1:17 PM by Laura Baginski

RSVP now for our New Year's celebration

Your kids are still begging to wear their Halloween costumes to school and we're already talking about New Year's?!

Yep, and here's why: Our super-awesome New Year Family Celebration at Lil' Kickers Bradley Place sells out every single year. If you've joined us at this party before, you know why it's so great. If you haven't, you're in for a real treat, including: 

Soccer classes and games

Face painting

Arts and crafts

Party hat creations

Pizza, sal...

Posted on November 05, 2015 at 12:37 PM by Laura Baginski

3 things parents don't need to panic about

Early in my son’s life, I was on the phone with one of my closest girlfriends, also the mother of a baby boy, and we were talking through the challenge du jour of parenting. (I think I was talking about finding a feeding routine that worked best for my son’s reflux, and she was talking about getting her son on a good nap routine). 


She said, “You realize we are in for a lifetime of this, right? It doesn’t end with solving these problems…we will worry about something else next, like ho...

Posted on November 04, 2015 at 9:00 AM by Heather Bragg

My Gym's Exclusive Discount for NPN Members

NPN Special! SAVE $95 by registering now!

My Gym has developed an extraordinary program and facility devised to help children 6 months through 9 years of age to develop physically, cognitively and emotionally. They run 50-minute parent participation classes for kids 3 years and under and hour long drop-off classes geared towards non-competitive gymnastics for kids 3 years and older.  Children have loads of fun as they gain strength, balance, coordination, agility and flexibility while ...

Posted on November 03, 2015 at 6:59 AM by Ellie Ander

Women struggling with infertility: You will get through this

If I could write a letter to a woman going through infertility, I would tell her all the things I learned along the way on my journey, all my best advice, and it would go something like this.

Dear [Desperately Wanting To Be A] Mom Struggling With Infertility,

As you read this you are probably in a deep dark place, wondering “why me?”. I am here to tell you: The sun will shine again. Your morning routine won’t always include a trip to the infertility clinic to get your blood drawn a...

Posted on November 02, 2015 at 8:15 AM by Katie O'Connor