Author - Laura Baginski


Overheard on the NPN forum: Simple, easy meals

It's hard enough to cook dinner on any given day, but when you have a picky eater—or, even more challenging, a picky, vegetarian kid—putting together a meal at the end of a stressful day becomes a herculean task. So what are some good recipes that involve very little prep and cooking time that doesn't involve Hamburger Helper? NPN members offered tons of great ideas on the discussion forum this week in two different threads: one about simple, cheap vegetarian meals for kids, and one about ...

Posted on February 12, 2016 at 8:45 AM by Laura Baginski

Overheard on the NPN forum: The CPS quagmire deepens

Photo credit: Flickr/Peoplesworld

Even for someone vitally interested in the outcome of the conflict between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union, it can be very difficult to follow the twists and turns of this unfortunate saga. NPN members have been weighing in on this issue every step of the way on the discussion forum, and offering a voice the media infrequently touches on: Chicago parents. Join the discussion, or just follow the thread to get caught up with th...

Posted on February 05, 2016 at 1:05 PM by Laura Baginski

Overheard on the NPN forum: Remember when you had hobbies?

Before you had kids, you probably worked out, read novels, kept up with the latest music acts and went to concerts...maybe even went to non-kids' museums to enrich your mind. And now? Between the demands of your kids and your job, you're lucky if you can get through one article online and see your friends in a non-playdate situation once every few months. 

A mom of a one-year-old posted on the NPN discussion forum: "Is it normal to lose the time for hobbies for a good 5 years (at ...

Posted on January 29, 2016 at 11:18 AM by Laura Baginski

Philanthropy spotlight: Changing the Face of Beauty

Photo credit: Sarah-beth Photography

Rarely do you see a person with a disability in an ad campaign that has nothing to do with his or her disability. Chicago mom, NPN member and photographer Katie Driscoll aims to change that with her charity, Changing the Face of Beauty. Her goal? To convince retailers large and small to include people with disabilities in their ad campaigns. 

"The common response I receive from the industry is, 'We never even thought about including those with di...

Posted on January 27, 2016 at 11:49 AM by Laura Baginski

Overheard on the NPN forum: Should you pay for your babysitter's cab?

For the privilege of going out to dinner or perhaps seeing a movie, we parents shell out quite a bit to our babysitters. It's money well spent, no doubt, but how many of you also fork over cash to pay for your sitter's cab home at the end of the night?

One NPN member posed that question to the discussion forum after her sitter asked her to pay for her Uber home. How many of you do this? If you do pay for transportation home for your babysitter, do you cut back on your sitter's hou...

Posted on January 22, 2016 at 9:28 AM by Laura Baginski

Overheard on the NPN forum: Dinner help!

Maybe you've made a New Year's resolution to cook more meals at home and rely less on the drive-thru, or maybe it's more of a a constant (and elusive) goal. Most of us would like to struggle less with dinner after a stressful day at work or at home, but how?

NPN members are talking about this issue over a couple different threads today. One member asks about the best meal-delivery service, and many people piped in with their favorites (who knew there were so many??). And another poses ...

Posted on January 15, 2016 at 11:46 AM by Laura Baginski

Write for the next Parent to Parent newsletter!

Our super-awesome Winter 2016 issue is out, and now we're busily working to create the next Parent to Parent print member newsletter—the Toddler Issue!

We're looking for 1st-person, personal accounts of:

Breaking up with your toddler's childcare provider (nanny or daycare)

Tackling speech issues and getting treatment for your toddler

Looking back, advice you'd give yourself about handling the toddler years

Creating an adoption story for your toddler


Posted on January 15, 2016 at 11:09 AM by Laura Baginski

Introducing the NPN Preschool Roadshow!

Searching for the perfect preschool? Overwhelmed by your choices and the application process, including scheduling school tours? NPN is here to help with a unique opportunity for a private inside look at some of the city's finest preschools!  

The NPN Preschool Roadshow is a series of NPN-exclusive tours at preschools across the city, where attendees will get to meet with preschool directors, visit classrooms, observe teachers and current students, have all of your questions answered, ...

Posted on January 14, 2016 at 11:00 AM by Laura Baginski

Your newborn care questions, answered

As an expecting parent, you are rightfully overwhelmed with all that's ahead for you when your little one greets the world. This tiny creature will depend on you for everything, and you want to be prepared to do the best for her, right? 


Dr. Rebecca Unger, a pediatrician at Northwestern Children's Practice, answers some pressing questions about newborn care below, and she'll be leading a workshop about baby basics at NPN's Preparing for Parenthood: Workshops and Expo on Feb. 20 at Eri...

Posted on January 14, 2016 at 10:25 AM by Laura Baginski

Overheard on the NPN forum: The dreaded pink eye

Could there be a more disgusting and contagious, though relatively benign, virus than pink eye? If your child is in daycare or school or in any communes with the outside world, chance are she will contract pink eye at some point. And probably more than once. And because it's so highly contagious, you'll probably get it, too. Fun!

One of our members posted on the NPN discussion forum that she noticed the tell-tale yellow goop in her toddler's eyes recently. This mom had some leftov...

Posted on January 08, 2016 at 9:57 AM by Laura Baginski