The Parent Pulse

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
Crystal Files

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After three months in business, family-oriented meal-delivery service Fare and Square had a problem: It had so many customers, its founder and CEO could no longer drop off all the orders herself. So Crystal Files turned to Columbus Yellow Cab. Fare and Square offers heat-and-eat meals and touts its service is "less expensive than groceries, healthier than takeout and more convenient than cooking." The menu is the creation of Executive Chef Chad DeVault, who previously worked for Mitchell's Ocean Club and New Albany Country Club. Meals include a main course (recent selections included beef Bolognese and thyme roasted chicken) and two side dishes. Prices start at $25 for two servings, including delivery.

By now, you've probably heard: FluMist is out, shots are in. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend standard flu vaccines this year since the mist proved ineffective. If needles make your little one nervous, the doctors at Nationwide Children's Hospital have some distraction techniques to soothe shot-related anxiety. Infants may benefit from pacifiers, swaddling or breastfeeding, while children ages 2-6 may be calmed by music, videos, singing, picking the arm in which they get the shot or even holding the Band-Aid. Those 6 and older might try deep breathing or guided imagery. Dr. Melissa Winterhalter, from the Section of Ambulatory Pediatrics at Nationwide Children's, uses an animal-shaped cold pack that vibrates on the injection site, scrambling the body's pain response.

Sure, Ronald McDonald is synonymous with fast food. But did you know Ronald McDonald Adventures offers a variety of shows for preschoolers through fifth-graders on various educational topics? In addition to The Big Red Shoe Revue, a variety show for young children, there are performances on the themes of literacy, friendship, leadership and active lifestyles. Best of all, they're free. For more information, go to

Looking for tools to teach children financial responsibility? The Ohio Credit Union League, a state trade association, offers numerous online lessons to educate preschool through college-age students about money. has worksheets, games and more on topics such as saving, budgeting, credit and investing. For more ways to boost financial literacy, try Biz Kid$, an Emmy Award-winning television series whose website has activities and lesson plans for teachers and parents.