Category: Being Your Best Parent

Bye bye disorganization, hello New Year!

With New Year's over and holiday chaos behind us, this can be the most opportune time to clear out all the holiday clutter as well as start the New Year off right.  An exciting time to anticipate the freshness of a new calendar and the chance to accomplish important organization tasks that got overlooked during the holiday festivities. 

Here are some organizing activities that can be done individually or as a family to help you ring in 2012 in an organized fashion!

Update your ...

Posted on January 12, 2012 at 7:30 AM by Pooja Gugnani

Done and Done with Diapers- potty training for ALL kids

Potty training can feel daunting at times and many of us wonder, “Will I ever stop having to buy diapers?” (A: YES) or “Did their child really just one day on their own get up from playing, go to the potty, and never wear a diaper ever again?!” (A: NOT LIKELY)

The first thing you need to ask:  is my child really ready?

 5 signs of development that your child might be ready:

• Shows an interest in the potty- for ex., an interest in sitting on it, asking you about it

• C...

Posted on January 04, 2012 at 7:30 AM by Tamara Kaldor

Get to Know the NPN Dad's Group

The NPN social groups are a great way to make new friends, find playdates for your little ones and discover new resources.

Ian Smithdahl leads the Dad's Group and plans fun get-togethers every month!  Join him and other dads for a Spanish Playdate at Language Stars on Dec 17!

We asked Ian few questions to help you get to know him and the group.  Reach out to him directly with any questions or event ideas at  Look forward to seeing you soon!

Get to Know Ian:...

Posted on December 13, 2011 at 8:30 AM by Amy Johnson

Being a Parent = Being a Master at Multitasking

Like most parents I know, I try to jam as many things into a day (and, lets face it, night) as humanly possible.  There never seems to be enough time in a day to get all of my work and chores done, while still making time for fun! 

That is why I LOVE it when I can get something I need done, while still having fun with the kiddos.  Play time for the kiddos…check.  Weekly trip to the grocery store…check. Hooray, everyone is happy. 

Here are some ideas on how you can infuse some kid-s...

Posted on November 30, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Cindy McCarthy

Get Your Girls in the Game!

Get Your Girls in the Game!

Introducing your daughters to sports at a young age          

When it comes to introducing young girls to sports play, I constantly hear “in due time.” Many parents, park districts/community programs and pre-schools seem to have this idea that an early introduction to sports isn't necessary.  While this does not shock me, what does cause surprise is the suggestion to wait until 3rd or 4th grade.  However, I strongly believe that the earlier you encourage...

Posted on November 28, 2011 at 9:28 AM by Barb Lazarus

Photo Organizing with iPhoto - Tackle Digital Overwhelm

Digital Overwhelm - We all take tons of pictures these days. With digital photography and iPhones, it’s possible to amass quite a collection of photos of your family and friends. It can be very overwhelming. Where to begin? PLUS, turn these amazing moments into great gifts and keepsakes for your whole family.

Choose one event at a time and try not to process and organize too many photos at once. That can lead to total burnout.

iPhoto and Albums

The first step is to put ...

Posted on November 03, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Jessica Schanberg

Mommy (or Daddy) Only

Five tips to help your child ease into being cared for by someone else

1. Regularly share caretaking routines and playtime activities with other trusted people when you are there. Encourage others to hold and engage your child. Your child looks to you as his or her emotional barometer. Your tone of voice and body language will reinforce the idea that it’s OK to be in the arms of this relative or friend. Stay within sight so your child knows you are quickly available. Over time, you wil...

Posted on October 31, 2011 at 6:00 AM by Gail Conway

Ask Dr. Julia - What is Death?

We are thrilled to introduce Dr. Julia Rahn, child psychologist and founder of Flourish Studios to our NPN Blog community.  As our children grow up, they come to us with anxieties, fears, and endless questions.  Some are easy to solve with a kiss and a hug, while others leave us stumbling over our own words.  Our "Ask Dr. Julia" blogs will give parents the tools and tips to navigate the bumpier waters.  With that said, lets jump in with a really tough one.

What Is Death?  One of severa...

Posted on October 27, 2011 at 9:00 AM by Julia Rahn

NPN MIB - Make Working from Home Work

Our recent NPN Moms in Business event was a fantastic combination of these gettng organized with Sarah Nelson, of Less is More, along with a quick guide to the benefits of as little as a 5 minute workout - thanks to Orange Shoe Personal Fitness.  Thank you to our NPN Moms in Business host Shannon Valko, owner of Little Beans Cafe for a great night.  Please visit the Moms in Business page for upcoming events!

Work Smarter: Tips and Techniques for Efficiently Working from Home


Posted on October 26, 2011 at 9:00 AM by Sarah Nelson

5 Ways to Make Mornings Easier

The morning rush hour can be exhausting and frustrating.  Does the start of each day feel like a battle with your kids and the constant search for what you need most to get out of the house?  Nevermind the pressure to actually make it to school or an activity on time!  Here are a 5 ways to keep things organized:

1) The Bowl of Essentials

The first step towards getting out of the house quickly is to have a handy bowl of essentials. Never search for your keys, phone, or wallet a...

Posted on September 28, 2011 at 9:00 AM by Jessica Schanberg