Posts from: September 2015

Philanthropy spotlight: Jackson Chance Foundation

In the first of our new monthly series that shines a light on local charities that support Chicago children, we feature Jackson Chance Foundation co-founder Carrie Meghie (above, with her son Max). JCF aims to help parents whose baby is in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) by paying their transportation costs, including hospitals' pricey daily parking fees, so nothing stands in the way of spending time with their little one.

What's your personal connection to this cause?
My husb...

Posted on September 30, 2015 at 10:43 AM by Laura Baginski

Family Fun for Everyone at Pumpkin Fest!

It's the 25th Anniversary Pumpkin Fest at Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm and they're celebrating by giving NPN members 25% off general admission tickets!

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm is a fourth generation working family farm. Pumpkin Fest is in its 25th year of “Affordable fun on the farm”®.  Bring the entire family. There is something for all ages. General admission tickets includes over 30 fun attractions including farm animals, haunted barn, hayrack ride to the U-pick pumpkin field, train ri...

Posted on September 29, 2015 at 6:06 AM by Ellie Ander

Caring for a child with asthma

If your child has asthma, or you suspect he or she might, you likely have a lot of questions about care and prevention. Dr. B. Louise Giles, an asthma expert at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, answers the most common parent questions. 


Is my child at risk for developing asthma? 

Your child is at greater risk if your family has a history of asthma and/or allergies, and if he or she was exposed to tobacco smoke before or after birth. Asthma is also o...

Posted on September 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM by Laura Baginski

Overheard on the NPN forum: Apple orchards near Chicago


This weekend is forecasted to be downright gorgeous, so get out there with your kids and enjoy it! This is prime time at apple orchards around Chicago, where kids can do way more than just pick apples—many also have hay rides, mazes, petting zoos and more.

Right now on the NPN discussion forum, parents are recommending their favorite orchards close to the city for a fun weekend outing. Get in on the conversation by offering your own favorites or learning about a new spot. 

Posted on September 25, 2015 at 11:26 AM by Laura Baginski

Confessions of a babysitter

Chicago-based artist and teacher Angela Oliver has over seven years of experience babysitting kids. Since joining UrbanSitter, an online babysitter-finding service, she’s sat for more than 35 families and has over 20 glowing reviews. Here, Angela answers the most common questions parents have when it comes to hiring a babysitter.

What’s the most helpful information a parent can share in advance?
First-aid and medical/emergency info and contacts, being made aware of any food allergies or ...

Posted on September 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM by Jenny Rowland

How to make family meals the best part of your day

We tried a million ways to get our daughter, Soleil, to try new foods, eat what was in front of her, and stop saying she didn’t like something before ever having tried it. And then we came upon this way of planning, preparing and eating meals that not only eliminates those problems, but actually gets her excited about dinner.

There are a lot of steps to getting a meal on the table, from deciding what to eat, making shopping lists, going to the supermarket, making the meal, setting the ...

Posted on September 23, 2015 at 9:15 AM by Mark King

Overheard on the NPN Forum: Halloween costume exchange

Of all the expensive things we parents buy for our kids, Halloween costumes are among the most infuriating. You pay at least $30 for a costume (often of dubious quality) that your kid will wear exactly once—and may hate it so much he tears it off after two seconds. But let's be real, the joy you get from the adorableness is priceless. And photos are forever.

So how brilliant is it that our NPN members are pulling their old costumes out of storage (lobster costumes, Thomas the Trai...

Posted on September 17, 2015 at 1:00 PM by Laura Baginski

Hungry with no time to make meals

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NPN members receive an exclusive discount with DoorDash: Enjoy $15 off your first order! Just login to NPN and click here to receive your members-only promo code. Visit DoorDash for more information and a complete list of parti...

Posted on September 15, 2015 at 6:46 AM by Ellie Ander

Lot's O' NPN Discounts Just For You!

Turn that frown upside down! NPN is proud to compile great discounts from our fabulous Partner members - what a great 'Perk' to your membership! Below are fresh off the press. Be sure to login to NPN to retrieve your members-only promo codes and offer details.

The Law Offices of Cindy K. Campbell, A Family Attorney: Have you set up your will yet? Convenient appointments: nights, weekends, FaceTime and Skype. 15% off estate planning services through 10/31/15. Click here for promo code.

Posted on September 10, 2015 at 11:18 AM by Ellie Ander

Preschool news: Sonnets Academy opens fifth school & offers $2,000 off tuition!

Sonnets Academy provides an exceptional education for children six weeks to six years of age. Visit the brand new school on September 12th in the heart of the Gold Coast! Your child's experience will be filled with:

Engaging enrichment classes including yoga, music and Spanish

Creative and compassionate teachers that foster a fun and inspiring learning environment

Flexible 2-, 3- and 5-day programs

Collaboration with family, school and community

Grand Openin...

Posted on September 08, 2015 at 11:30 AM by Ellie Ander