Category: All About NPN

Coping with Transition & Change - Summer Parent to Parent Newsletter is Here

One thing that's true of every parent's experience: just when you get used to one phase of your child's life, things change! In the Summer issue of Parent to Parent, we take a look at how parents cope with various changes and transitions in their family lives. Download the new issue now (may take 1-2 minutes to complete) to read about:


Transitioning from 1 to 2

Entering Mommydom

From Conference Calls to Playdates

And there's more!


Kid-sized fun this summer...

Posted on June 05, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

BIG NPN Summer Website News

When Stephanie and I decided to start a family, we decided to return home to the U.S. to be closer to our families. We settled in Chicago and I found myself on the hunt for “dad-based” family activities. I started the Ravenswood Outdoor Movie Nights(meetup.com/Outdoor-Movie-Nights/) last summer, and thus began my volunteer work with NPN.

My colleagues at NPN mentioned a desire to upgrade the NPN Discussion Forum to improve the user experience and expand into the mobile space. I had rec...

Posted on May 02, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Mark Rickmeier

NPN's Upcoming Events

Spring has sprung, and NPN is sprouting with great events to try with or without the little ones. In case your email is in full bloom, here are a few you won't want to miss!


Two of the biggest worries facing most parents today are how to pay for your children's college education while still making sure you stay on track for your retirement. Join NPN and our panel of experts for Parent University: College Savings and Retirement on Tuesday, March 27 from 7:00 - 8:30pm at Flourish Stu...

Posted on March 23, 2012 at 5:08 AM by Melanie Schlachter

NPN's Upcoming Events

NPN is bustling with great events to try with or without the little ones. In case your email is exploding, here are a few you won't want to miss!


Join NPN's Dads group, and other parentes and children for Pizza & Play @ Purple Monkey - Bucktown's newest indoor play room! Relax, connect with other adults, and enjoy a some pizza as your children explore this whimsical on Friday, February 17 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Pleae RSVP to reserve your space.

We know financial planning, c...

Posted on February 17, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Fantastic FREE South Side Events!

Three new events were just added to our calendar for expectant, new and seasoned parents who live or work near the South Loop and Hyde Park Neighborhoods.  Connect with other families, discover new places to learn and play, and go home with must-have information for city parents.  Visit our NPN South Side Neighborhood Page for upcoming events.  

Wed. Feb. 22 - 1:30-3:30pm, New Moms Mingle @ Park 52 Restaurant

New Moms Mingles are such a fun way to meet other new moms and to learn more a...

Posted on February 10, 2012 at 9:30 AM by Sarah Cobb

Fresh from the Forum: Best Parenting Advice

NPN's discussion forums are chock-full of millions of posts on topics ranging from Pampers to preschool!

It goes without saying that our kids don't come with instruction manuals. However, recently one of our savvy members started a thread inquiring about the best parenting advice people have received in the last year.

From books recommendations such as Positive Discipline for the Preschooler and NurtureShock, to the age-old wisdom that "this too shall pass", our members chimed in w...

Posted on January 11, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Get to Know the NPN Adoption Group

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

The Adoption group is a great example of a social group that helps connect parents,and in this case, those who have adopted chidlren or are considering adoption.   Two amazing volunteers lead this group and together, they plan fun get-togethers.  We aksed one of the volunteers, Tammy, a few questions to help you get to know her and the group. 

You can join the ...

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 8:45 AM by Amy Johnson

Fresh from the Forum: How to use this website

NPN's discussion forums are chock-full of millions of posts on topics ranging from easy recipes to interior decorating!

Recently, one of our members inquired how to use this website? What, with all the NPN acronyms, and strange terminology?!

We've compiled a list of the ones we run across frequently on the discussion forum. We hope this helps clarify, but please feel free to post any others we may have missed!


BYOB - bring your own bottle

BTW - by the way

DH...

Posted on January 05, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Greater Tolerance for Family Dining

It’s Friday night and your husband suggests grabbing dinner at a place neither of you have been. While he dreams of the beer menu, you might be hit by another thought: Will my child(ren) behave? And now a new concern blindsiding parents these days: Does this restaurant even allow children?

An anti-child trend in local restaurants has owners implementing a controversial “No Children Under Six” rule. The owner of McDain’s restaurant in Pennsylvania, where the “no children” rule exists, s...

Posted on December 30, 2011 at 6:00 AM by Shannon Brown

NPN's Day at the Theatre- Good Night Moon PJ Party!

Dancing bunny? Singing mouse? Cow jumping over the moon? Hilarious, laugh-out loud fun (for both parents AND kids)? Yep, the Chicago Children’s Theatre production of Good Night Moon the Musical had it all! My daughter and I loved the show- seeing it in our PJ’s made it even more fun.  But, what made the afternoon truly perfect was the special post-show Pajama Party presented by NPN and ChicagoKids.com! With face painting by K Grace Childcare, cookies and milk from COUNTRY Financial, family...

Posted on December 12, 2011 at 1:06 PM