Category: Being Your Best Parent

Some Parenting Perspective- Getting on the Same Page

When my children were younger and I was a stay at home mom, my husband worked long hours.  Every morning, he would kiss the boys goodbye and lovingly say, “Be good for Mommy.”  Then he was off, returning after bedtime.  For him, his exit was helpful and thoughtful.  For me, his words were like nails on a chalkboard. A million thoughts would run through my mind: “What did ’be good for Mommy’ mean?” “Wasn’t it unrealistic to think that little boys could be ’good’ all day?” “Was he telling th...

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 6:57 AM by Karen Jacobson

Simple Solutions: Getting Organized for Back to School

The weeks leading up the first day of school are filled with excitement and anticipation. This is the perfect time to lay the groundwork for an orderly, clutter-free school year. Here are some organizing tips and products that will help get you there:

Use a Family Calendar

 

A centrally placed calendar is essential for keeping your whole family organized and getting your children involved in the planning process. The larger the better, so there is enough space to include everyo...

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Nelson

Business Trip Blues

Leaving home again... Another two-week stint away, making it four of the last seven weeks that I have been out of town for work. It’s tough to be away for that long…for me, my wife, my kids, our household. How many families in Chicago battle the same thing?

For the past five years, travel has been a big part of my job. But this summer has been worse than usual. I probably spend a total of two to three months a year on the road.

What has been interesting and depressing at times is t...

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 9:00 AM by Matthew Van Tuinen

NPN Moms in Business - Get to Know Jill

NPN's Moms in Business brings aspiring and established mom entrepreneurs/business-owners together for networking, fun, and great resources. This month's get together at Chicago's Classic Kids Photography is a joint event with Alison Ray's Sassy Moms in the City. We are celebrating summer with a Style and Snapshots Soiree (Now sold out!)  


One of our speakers: Jill Salzman, founder of The Founding Moms, launched the world’s first and only kid-friendly collective of monthly meet-ups ...

Posted on August 13, 2011 at 9:14 AM by Katherine McHenry

Ask the Expert: Financial Security with Mom Vicki Nygren

This blog series is about getting expert advice on an important topic straight from a parent. Finanical Security is so important and can be so overwhelming. Thanks to Vicki Nygren for giving us some great advice to help Chicago parents get moving in the right direction.

Tell us about you and your family:

I’m a single, full-time working mom of two boys, 7 and 4, who both attend a CPS elementary school.  This is my 9th year at COUNTRY Financial and I’m approaching 20 years in this industr...

Posted on August 11, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

Please, No Capris! Fashion Tips from the Lakeview Group Mom's Night Out

Every day I open my closet to find…tons of clothes but nothing to wear. Whatever the day calls for, a play date in the park or an evening concert with my husband, I feel lacking in the fashion department.  After wearing maternity clothes for the better part of year and now wearing a uniform of t-shirt/jeans most days at home with my daughter, “fashion” has fallen to the wayside.

Needless to say I was thrilled when fashion consultant, Noelle Cellini, spoke out the NPN Lakeview Club’s Ju...

Posted on July 21, 2011 at 2:26 PM

NPN Moms in Business - Get to know Caitlin

NPN's Moms in Business brings aspiring and established mom entrepreneurs/business-owners together for networking, fun, and great resources. Katherine McHenry of Building Blocks Toy Store, our NPN Volunteer leader, aims to host monthly events at a featured mom's business.  This month's event is being held at newly opened Urbababy, a Lincoln Park community baby store, which is founded by NPN member and mom Marti Goyal.  For the fun part, Head2Toe will be pampering the moms all evening!

T...

Posted on July 19, 2011 at 8:24 AM by Katherine McHenry

Cruise Out of Town - Family Style

Fuel up and hit the road on one of these quick family-friendly road trips! BONUS #1: NPN Parent Perk - get the book for just $8 (ltd. availability) - Email to order. BONUS #2: RSVP for an adventure story time with Elisa at Kookaburra on 7/18 (space is ltd.).

GURNEE AREA, ILLINOIS

Stop Here:

Lambs Farm. Pygmy goats (and more) sidle up for rubs and kisses. Mini golf, kiddie train, old-fashioned carousel and cow bounce house too.

Six Flags Great America. Haven’t been in awhile...

Posted on July 14, 2011 at 9:36 PM by Elisa Drake

Swim Lessons for Kids - Get what works!

Summer has arrived and with it comes frequent trips to the pool, beach, lake and water park.  As a dad of 2 little ones, I needed some expert advice on what to look for and expect when checking out swim lessons.  David Stephens, the Head Coach of the Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club and Wolfpack Swim School, has some great advice for Chicago parents:

Can your children handle themselves in the water without a flotation device? In the U.S., drowning is the second leading cause of death amon...

Posted on June 29, 2011 at 9:47 PM by Matthew Van Tuinen

1st Rule of Sticker Club: Smile & Just Do It!

What is your 1st thought as a busy parent when you see an email come through with the title: "Come play - Sticker Club” and inside are all the makings of a chain letter - send it to 6 people and you get 36 letters with stickers in return?

At first, I admit, I was Debbie Downer about it.  Can I convince 6 other parents to participate given my reaction?  Do I have the time to deal with this?  After ignoring the email for a few days, I finally decided to take the  plunge!

I told Avery abou...

Posted on June 23, 2011 at 12:02 PM by Sarah Cobb