This is our second annual "How We Dress" issue and by that I mean how we dress our kids - although, more likely, it means how they dress themselves. I know in our family I have never been allowed a whole lot of input on clothing choices. In fact this summer, I was delighted when my now 18-year-old daughter met a woman who hadn't seen her in years. The woman was excited to see Emma again and happily remarked, "You were the little girl with the outfits that never matched!"

Dear Columbus Parents, This is our second annual "How We Dress" issue and by that I mean how we dress our kids - although, more likely, it means how they dress themselves. I know in our family I have never been allowed a whole lot of input on clothing choices. In fact this summer, I was delighted when my now 18-year-old daughter met a woman who hadn't seen her in years. The woman was excited to see Emma again and happily remarked, "You were the little girl with the outfits that never matched!" Emma later asked me, "They never matched?" I assured her that, yeah, they never did but she was so happy creating her outfits, we didn't interfere and, as we like to point out, she pretty much turned out just fine. For me, this "How We Dress" issue also sums up both the fun and the exhaustion that is the parenting vocation. Our fashion photo shoot took place over one day at the Columbus Museum of Art. You see me here with Sam Colvin, our unofficial "body double." Sam is an awesome kid who was spending the day at work with his mom, Nancy Colvin, the Columbus Museum of Art's marketing manager. Sam would substitute for our young models when we needed to set up the lighting for shots, as you can see him doing here on the big pile of pillows we used for our cover shot. He was such a trooper. All day, we got to hang with the kids (which included dancing with them, too, when twin sisters Keira and Maya announced that "Barbie Girl" was their fave tune and our editorial assistant Heather Weekley, who was directing the shoot, helpfully found it in her iPhone's music library). Needless to say, by the time I got home that night, I was worn out…but with a smile on my face. And speaking of smiles, here's something guaranteed to make you smile: Columbus Parent is partnering with the Dispatch's Reader Rewards program to offer an Exclusive Columbus Parent Contest each month.Columbus Parent readers who join Reader Rewards can access this exclusive contest everymonth at Dispatch.com/ParentContest.Register at Dispatch.com/Register then return to Dispatch.com/ParentContest each month to log in, answer trivia questions, enter bonus codes and win points toward prizes! This month, you'll be accruing points to win Prestige Dining Club memberships, which will give you one FREE breakfast, lunch or dinner entree with the purchase of a second at more than 100 area restaurants. Each membership is worth $69.95 and we have 100 of them to give away! Every Monday on the Reader Rewards site, starting Sept. 10, there will be a trivia question related to magazine content. And each month, you can find a Bonus Code somewhere in the magazine that you can enter in the Reader Rewards contest for more points (hint: have you read our classified ads lately?). Good luck! Jane Hawes Editor