The Parent Pulse

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Inspiring news for and about Central Ohio parents! Got an inspiring tip for our next issue? Send it to Jackie Mantey at with Parent Pulse in the subject line.

Adults hold on to the art kids make them for two reasons: 1) They cherish the sticky, colorful representations of butterflies and dinosaurs and houses and monsters; 2) Lest the kid get all Van Gogh if the artwork can't be found. But where to put it all!? Solution: My Art Gallery. Local husband and wife duo Kristina Kowatsch-Beyer and Chuck Beyer designed this three-piece, interlocking frame with heavy-duty magnets that can hold nearly 100 pieces of art. Creative Child magazine has already dubbed it a 2013 product of the year. This all can be yours - or someone you know with a fridge suffering from stick-figure fatigue - for $40 (….

Megan Green, proud ma of two toddlers and headmaster of the rowdiest school of Columbus crafters (read: she puts together the ever-expanding alternative craft fair Craftin' Outlaws), has added kid-friendly activities to the 90-vendor roundup that will take over Veterans Memorial on Nov. 16. Get your holiday gift buying on while the kids entertain themselves making zombie origami (!), creating holiday greeting cards, getting their faces painted or making ornaments. Hey, you can always put that art in your new My Art Gallery frames...

Inspired by the American family dinner tradition too soon forgotten, corporate guru turned personal chef Stephanie Eakins recently launched a casserole delivery service to give busy families the easy opportunity to sit down and eat together. Retro Dinner Diva ( will bring your order ($50 minimum... the casseroles end up being about $6 per serving) right to your door - wearing pearls and an apron no less. All you have to do is pop the dish in the oven when it's go-time....

And let's welcome Silver Spoon Children's Boutique to the kids-clothing scene. This new shop, located at 4365 W. Dublin-Granville Road, just east of the Historic Dublin shopping district, opened recently and owner Amy Provenzano donates a portion of her sales to autism research. Dress the kids and help other kids? That's a win-win!