Category: Being Your Best Parent

Overheard on the NPN forum: All about MILs

For many of us, the holidays mean being surrounded by family. Which can be both a blessing and a pain in the butt, depending on the personalities in play and how loudly they comment on your parenting style. 

No relationship has the potential for friction—especially during the holidays, when expectations are unnaturally high—more than mothers-in-law and their daughters-in-law. It's no surprise, then, that two of the most popular threads on NPN's discussion forum involve MILs. How d...

Posted on December 04, 2015 at 10:10 AM by Laura Baginski

Celebrating the holidays as an interfaith family

After we got engaged and heard an ongoing chorus of well wishes and congratulations, the first question came—then another and another, always from different people, typically those we had never expected. It was shocking. After all, the way we planned to raise our interfaith children, who didn’t even exist yet, was none of their business. But questions are inevitable when you have an interfaith family.

My husband was raised Jewish and I was brought up in a Catholic home, but to be perfe...

Posted on November 30, 2015 at 1:11 PM by Amanda Simkin

Overheard on the NPN forum: Do you lose your temper with your kids?

Kids of any age can work your last nerve every now and then, but toddlers? They take it to a whole new level. So how do you react when they push you to the brink? Yell? Laugh? Shout, "Serenity now!" to the heavens? Our members are talking about how they handle it when they lose their temper with their kids. Read more.

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Posted on November 06, 2015 at 1:17 PM by Laura Baginski

How to make family meals the best part of your day

We tried a million ways to get our daughter, Soleil, to try new foods, eat what was in front of her, and stop saying she didn’t like something before ever having tried it. And then we came upon this way of planning, preparing and eating meals that not only eliminates those problems, but actually gets her excited about dinner.

There are a lot of steps to getting a meal on the table, from deciding what to eat, making shopping lists, going to the supermarket, making the meal, setting the ...

Posted on September 23, 2015 at 9:15 AM by Mark King

4 tips for a smoother start to the school year


Back-to-school is an exciting, emotional, often hectic time for families. The unending texts about teacher assignments and after-school schedules make this time of year one filled with great anticipation. As we ready our kids for class with new backpacks, new shoes and new pencils, we need to help them emotionally prepare for the year ahead.


Combat fear of the unknown
Help your child visualize and practice her first day of school, including how she will get there, who s...

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 12:05 PM by Heather Bragg

Top 3 Tips For Choosing Sports for Your Preschooler

Your four or five year-old child is ready to take on some new challenges! With their toddler days behind them, kids this age are poised for a period of rapid growth and development -- physically, emotionally and socially --- which is why it’s important to choose non-competitive sports and activities that are designed to help 4 and 5 year-olds develop these emerging skills.

Preschoolers are at the height of their creative play, which makes interacting with them really fun! They’re still...

Posted on August 04, 2015 at 7:25 AM by Ashley Campbell

A Ready-For-School Checklist!

If you’ve been wondering how best to transition your little one from nanny to preschool-ready, read on. The most common concerns from families entering school for the first time are about preparation. Although there is no scientific or evidence-based formula, you can add these five easy-to-apply activities and approaches to your own ready-for-preschool checklist:

1.  Enroll your child in a part- or full-time summer enrichment program. Many schools and neighborhood centers offer summer ...

Posted on July 07, 2015 at 1:25 PM by Ancona School

How I Stopped Worrying and Deserted the Mommy War

My child was formula fed. My child was sleep trained. My child eats food that is not organic. The old me would give you a twenty-minute explanation of how each of these things happened (although never originally part of my plan). The new me recognizes that you probably don’t give a shit.

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the so-called “mommy wars.” After three and a half years of motherhood and reading the endless stream of social media posts on the subject, I think I have found ...

Posted on July 02, 2015 at 9:30 AM by Christa Reed

A Q & A with Chicago's Next Big Thing

Parker Krex isn’t waiting years to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. The 10 year-old Chicago native is already CEO of his own company, Brick loot. All it took was one good idea to make him, quite possibly, the areas youngest CEO. We asked him a few questions about what it's like to be a Kidpreneur!

How did you come up with the idea for Brick Loot?

I subscribed to a different subscription box, and I didn’t like the things inside it. I LOVE LEGO so I thought it would b...

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

Top 5 Must-Have Summer Toys (+WIN them)!

Summer is finally here and this is what we survived the Polar Vortex for. Don’t let sun and warm weather slip past you without making a “bucket list” to ensure your family has a fun-filled summer. Whether that list includes hitting our many Chicago beaches, backyard barbecues, or visiting one of the many water-slashing Chicago Parks,  I’ve got my “bucket list” of toys that will make it an unforgettable summer!


Zorbz Self Sealing Water Balloons

Just pinch for a second after fi...

Posted on May 28, 2015 at 5:00 PM by Katherine McHenry