Posts from: December 2015

The 5 most popular NPN blog posts of 2015

The most popular posts on the NPN blog this year had nothing to do with left sharks, pizza rats or Drake's "Hotline Bling." Instead, they revolved around classic issues parents have been dealing with for ages: babysitters, breastfeeding and generally just trying to make raising kids in Chicago a bit easier.

5. Confessions of a babysitter: A veteran babysitter reveals what really goes on while sitters are watching your kids.

4. Favorite ways to celebrate the holidays in Chicago: Man...

Posted on December 30, 2015 at 1:05 PM by Laura Baginski

Philanthropy spotlight: Books First!

Imagine growing up with little to no access to books—no library nearby, no books at home, not even a library at school. For many Chicago kids living in poverty, this is the norm. Bernadette Dorman and her organization Books First! aims to eradicate "book deserts" by receiving book donations from Chicago families and donating them to Chicago Public Schools that lack libraries. 


So far, Books First! has received 22,000 books and delivered them to 10 schools. Every single one of those ...

Posted on December 30, 2015 at 11:19 AM by Laura Baginski

NPN exclusive discount: Healthy, organic meals delivered by Kitchfix!

Want to kick-start a healthy New Year? Kitchfix creates delicious, fully-prepared meals and snacks, using high-quality ingredients from local, all-natural and organic sources.  Chef Josh started Kitchfix because he cooked for many busy moms and families who wanted healthy, anti-inflammatory, gluten-free meals prepared in their homes. Now, Kitchfix serve hundreds of families who desire the highest standards for their food, and prefer to have meal options ready at home to re-heat on a busy n...

Posted on December 29, 2015 at 6:38 AM by Ellie Ander

5 ways your body may change during and after pregnancy (that no one tells you about)

As a women’s health physical therapist (PT), I see many women during their year of childbirth. Popular culture often depicts pregnant women effortlessly exercising into the third trimester, then “magically” back to their pre-pregnancy shape and activity soon after delivery. The female body goes through much transformation during this year, but for many women, it does not feel so “magical.”

Many of my patients say they wish they had known to look for some of the issues I treat them for. Her...

Posted on December 22, 2015 at 9:53 AM by Suzanne Badillo

NPN exclusive discount with Getaround: Take a trip, their treat!

Getaround makes renting a car when you need one so simple. Whether you’re taking the kids on a trip or leaving town for the weekend, you can get easy access to 100s of great Getaround cars near you. Not only that, Getaround covers the insurance every time you rent. There’s no paperwork, no hassles and its handy phone app even unlocks the car you choose. Your only worry will be where to go next!

Experience Getaround for yourself with a $50 credit; an NPN member exclusive! Simply click H...

Posted on December 22, 2015 at 6:14 AM by Ellie Ander

Overheard on the NPN forum: Kids say the naughtiest things

Around this time of year, kids are generally watching what they say to avoid getting on Santa's or Elf on a Shelf's bad side. But some kids just can't help but spit out a naughty phrase or two, and sometimes we parents can't help but laugh. I mean, how are you going to keep a straight face when your 5-year-old says, "Oh fine, I'll clean up my f--ing room"? 

Parents are sharing the most hilariously naughty things their kids have said recently on our discussion forum, including such g...

Posted on December 18, 2015 at 4:46 PM by Laura Baginski

7 reasons to celebrate the New Year with NPN

Let the countdown begin! It's just 16 days until NPN's New Year Family Celebration—Jan. 2 at Lil' Kickers Bradly Place. Haven't bought your tickets yet? We're counting down the reasons why you should RSVP today:

7. We'll have all the yummy food kids (and parents) love: pizza, pasta, salad, sandwiches, hot dogs, chips and guac...everyone will leave with full tummies, promise.

6. Soccer games with Lil' Kickers and hockey with the Chicago Blackhawks let your kids leave their boundless...

Posted on December 17, 2015 at 11:58 AM by Laura Baginski

What my kids taught me when my dad died

My dad had spent the last several years very unwell, and my mother spent a lot of her time taking care of him. That is a difficult situation for any family, but it is even more difficult when the person you are caring for continuously makes choices that contribute to his bad health. And so, although he was a man we loved, the result was a team of fairly frustrated family members.

My biggest frustration was trying to understand why he didn’t make choices that would allow him to be invol...

Posted on December 15, 2015 at 1:05 PM by Julie Cole

Give the gift of theatre this season

Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences presents Prospero’s Storm at DePaul’s historic Merle Reskin Theatre., playing January 14 - February 20, 2016. Prospero's Storm is a vaudeville adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest that features puppets, singing, slapstick, and magic to weave an enchanting tale of fatherhood and forgiveness. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

NPN members pay just $5/ticket! Simply login to NPN and click HERE for your promo codes and all terms and...

Posted on December 15, 2015 at 4:21 AM by Ellie Ander

Overheard on the NPN forum: Help, I need gift ideas!

With Christmas two weeks away and Hanukkah ending on December 14, it's officially crunch time for holiday gift-buying. Many of our members are posting desperate pleas on our main discussion forum for gift ideas for everyone from teachers to teenagers. As usual, NPN members came to the rescue with great ideas!

Find gift suggestions for:

Retired parents


Au pair

Preschool teacher

4 year old boy

5-6 year old girl

6-7 year old boy


Posted on December 11, 2015 at 10:25 AM by Laura Baginski