Posts from: May 2017

How moms can make it in the new gig economy

Photo: courtesy Colleen Keilers



“I am so sorry to do this, Colleen,” the text began. “But I am flying to California tonight to move in with my sister. I can no longer be your nanny.”

It was 9pm on a Sunday. My husband and I had been deliberating on the state of our careers. He had recently started a new job that would involve 50–60% travel. I had been working as a manager at a digital marketing agency, but shoehorning a full-time workload ...

Posted on May 30, 2017 at 8:19 AM

NPN members get 1 adult exam & 1 pediatric exam for $30


Advanced Spine & Sports Care offers a variety of services to benefit every walk of life! Advanced Spine & Sports Care offers a variety of services to benefit every walk of life!

We pride ourselves in our commitment to excellence and customer care. Our award-winning board-certified Doctors of Chiropractic are a perfect fit for a wide variety of families. We have been in practice for over 20 years, with doctors specializing in ...

Posted on May 30, 2017 at 7:00 AM

NPN members, get moving this summer!

Gather your family and friends for a family-friendly morning along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront! The annual Move for the Kids 5K Walk/Run, presented by C.H. Robinson, takes place Saturday, June 10 at Soldier Field.

Whether you walk, run or move, you’ll be making a difference for the patients cared for at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Fundraising for the event supports the nearly 200,000 children cared for at Lurie Children’s each year. Your fundraising effor...

Posted on May 23, 2017 at 7:00 AM by Jana Kline

Play all day? That's exactly what your preschooler should be doing

“Play is often talked about is if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” —Fred Rogers

As a parent, I always thought play is play. Sure, I knew kids learn through play—after all, that’s pretty much what preschoolers do all day—but it looked to me as if they were simply imitating what they saw adults doing, often turning recent experiences into play. When I was a child and my whole family got very ill wit...

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 1:31 PM by Annette Gendler

Parents can't slow down time, but they can make family time count

My parents live in the suburbs and don't get to see our almost one-year-old son as often as they'd like. So my wife and I do our best to email them photos and updates so they can feel like they’re experiencing our boy’s growth each step of the way. Maybe we need to do a better job updating them because one of the first things my mom said about our son during a recent visit was: “He’s changing so much. You probably don’t even realize it.”

It took me a second to respond.

“Yeah, I gues...

Posted on May 15, 2017 at 12:35 PM by Matt Beardmore

NPN members get 20% off Babyganics


Everything in your baby's world is an invitation to explore. At Babyganics, we help you support that exploration with products that care for your baby and clean the world around them as they grow boldly!

We’ve got a whole world of products made for families who love to explore—like yours! And right now, you can save 20% on select laundry and skincare essentials on Amazon. 

It’s a perfect time to stock up and save—and then get back to discovering the...

Posted on May 09, 2017 at 7:00 AM

The best Chicago street fests for families

Do Division photo courtesy of Rep3

Summer is nearly here! In Chicago, that means plenty of cheap or free to entertain your kids outside in the glorious sunshine, especially at our city's ubiquitous summer street fests. Some fests are more family-friendly than others, so which outdoor bashes are best for bringing the little ones?

Mommy Nearest writer Rene Ryan came up with a fantastic list of the top 8 Chicago summer festivals for families, and she covers neighborhoods all over the c...

Posted on May 04, 2017 at 1:14 PM by Laura Baginski

NPN members get 20% off Babyganics fan faves for new parents


To parents-to-be, from Babyganics with love

Your little bundle of joy is on the way—hooray! At Babyganics, everything we make is designed with babies—and the people who love them—in mind. From clean laundry and clean hands to diapers and wipes, we help families care for their babies and clean the world around them as they grow boldly!

So whether you’re expecting your first or you’ve got a family on the go, our all-in-one set of essentials has everyt...

Posted on May 02, 2017 at 7:00 AM