Author - 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

Overheard on the NPN forum: Trick-or-treating etiquette

You're taking your little one out trick-or-treating, leaving your home "unmanned" for the costumed kids trolling your neighborhood for candy. Do you leave a bowl of goodies out on your porch and assume all the Elsas and Spider-Mans will exercise the utmost restraint and only take one piece of candy each? Or do you turn off all the lights and close the drapes, a.k.a. the international symbol for "no candy here"? Our members are debating this hot topic right now on our discussion forum....

Posted on October 30, 2015 at 8:28 AM by Laura Baginski

Philanthropy spotlight: Children's Heart Foundation

Heather and Mike Shaffer, pictured above, found out early in their pregnancy that one of their twin boys, Tyler, had a congenital heart defect. They knew he would be faced with several open-heart surgeries, and his survival wasn't guaranteed. But what they didn't know was how Tyler's fight would change their lives.


The brave little boy in the photo above and below, showing off his last open-heart surgery scar, inspired them to help more kids like Tyler get the treatment they need—...

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 8:30 AM by Laura Baginski

Overheard on the NPN forum: From the mouths of babes

One of the best things about kids is their lack of filter—they just say whatever is on their minds. That leads to some embarrassing moments in public, for sure, but also some big laughs. If you're having a rough day, the kid quotes our members shared will surely bring you out of your funk. Read more.

Other trending topics:

Do you feel a lot of pressure to breast feed?

Daycare vs. nanny share pros/cons

How important (to you) is diversity at school?


Posted on October 23, 2015 at 10:33 AM by Laura Baginski

Overheard on the NPN forum: Do you send your kid to school with a cold?

Your kid is feeling a little run down, has a runny nose and a minor, but persistent, cough. Let him go to preschool or keep him home? Parents grapple with this issue all the time (nearly every week?). Keeping him home will require a day off from work—not a simple feat for most working parents. But sending him to school will make you that jerk parent who perpetuates the (very true) stereotype that preschool is just a large petri dish for germs. What do most parents do? See what parents...

Posted on October 16, 2015 at 9:19 AM by Laura Baginski

Overheard on the NPN forum: Is your kid annoying?

We've all been there. You and your family are at a restaurant and your little one starts using what no one except the hard of hearing would call an "inside voice." You remind her that you're not at home, and she needs to keep her voice down. Because she is a child, she does not comply. Other people in the restaurant start casting the stink eye your way.

Is your kid annoying, or is your kid...just being a kid?

That's one of the topics our members are talking about right now on NPN's...

Posted on October 09, 2015 at 9:00 AM by Laura Baginski

5 Halloween parties you can't miss

Your little one looks too adorable in that Halloween costume to wear it just once. Get more bang for your buck by dressing up and hitting as many Halloween parties as possible. Here are our favorites.

Oct. 24: Spooky Zoo Spectacular @ Linclon Park Zoo
Come dressed in costume for this free bash that includes a toddler area in the Regenstein Center for African Apes, family entertainment on the main stage, trick-or-treating and, of course, lots and lots of animals.

Oct. 25: Get...

Posted on October 08, 2015 at 8:42 AM by Laura Baginski

Overheard on the NPN forum: Where would you go on a three-day weekend?

Now that the fall weather has hit like a cold slap in the face, we Chicagoans are already thinking about winter vacations. Where would you go if you just had a three-day weekend, but wanted to fly somewhere fun—without the kids?

That's what our members are talking about right now on our discussion forum, and there are plenty of suggestions. Personally, I'm with all of you who suggest New Orleans. Join the conversation now. 

Other trending topics:

What are the CPS schoo...

Posted on October 02, 2015 at 8:00 AM by Laura Baginski

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

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