Category: Being Your Best Parent

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

Moms in Business - A Night of eating, drinking, laughing, & networking

May 16th was the inaugural meeting of Neighborhood Parents Network’s newest group, Moms In Business.  The group was the brainchild of Katherine McHenry, owner of Building Block Toys (one of my favorite kid-sized businesses in Chicago).  She wanted to create a way for mommy entrepreneurs and other moms in business to share best practices, connect and support each other and explore ways to be more successful in business and at home.

The event was fun, filling and fruitful.  I enjoyed see...

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 4:02 PM by Cindy McCarthy