Columbus Parent Archives

October 2014 Edition

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Columbus Parent's Guide to Maternity Care and Services

Whether you're new to or experienced with expecting, we've compiled an essential guide to the Central Ohio maternity and baby scene. From midwives and support groups to diaper services and prenatal yoga classes, you'll find plenty to help you navigate the wonderful world of motherhood!

Clinton County

When I told the boys we were going to spend the day touring farms in southwestern Ohio, they were expecting cows, pigs and chickens.

Kickin' It Up a Birthday Notch

If July's World Cup tournament had you kicking around ideas for a soccer-themed birthday party, Locker Soccer Academy can help. The locally owned soccer franchise, with facilities in Gahanna and Powell, offers soccer parties year-round.

Spooky Spiderweb

October may be the only time of year to welcome spider webs in the house! This crafty spider web decoration is perfect for Halloween and with activities at all skills levels, it's great for the whole family to work on together.

Welcome, Baby!

For many mothers in central Ohio, nesting - that wonderful instinct to prepare a perfect home for a new baby - is a luxury that life has not afforded them.

DIY Baby Food

When Sarah Lagrotteria's daughter was an infant, the professional chef started thinking about her role in introducing foods to the youngster. She was intrigued by the opportunity to make baby food and help Marlowe, now almost 2, develop her palate.

A guide to happy dining with infants

As someone whose job includes trying new restaurants, "child-friendly" restaurants are a well-understood concept - they provide a range of elements to keep a child happy and occupied during a meal. If you're dining out with a child old enough to appreciate coloring mats, crayons, kid-friendly menus and the like, child-friendly restaurants can be a wonderful thing.

Life-Hack This

I don't like personality tests. I don't know if Myers-Briggs would label me an ISFP or an ESTJ or a TGIF. Nor do I want to know. I'm suspicious of attempts to reduce complex concepts or topics - much less a person - into bite-size descriptions, devoid of nuance.

Melt Bar and Grilled

We were eager to try Melt because it seems family-friendly and it's grilled cheese. Grilled cheese is a crowd-pleaser!

Make Learning a Part of Your Baby's Routine

Parents of babies know that having a schedule is essential to keeping infants and toddlers happy and well-adjusted. But sometimes everyday routines can grow stale. If you're feeling challenged to keep your little one engaged and learning while doing the same daily tasks, here are a few suggestions to liven up your baby's day:

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