Category: Being Your Best Parent

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

Having...

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

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