The Parent Pulse

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

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For almost five years, business owner Meredith Piccin has operated the Columbus jewelry design company Honey Rose & K. It's gotten national attention and is a favorite of stars like Kate Hudson. But a new collection for the company wasn't inspired until recently, thanks to the children of Piccin and her co-designer, Sarah Trueman. Now it just seems obvious. "[We both] have little girls and we see the love they also have for jewelry," Piccin said. "It was very natural for us to create a line for girls 6 and up that incorporates vintage beads with modern tassels, horns, coins and pom poms." The Honey Girl line will include safe, eco-chic jewelry for the "bitty bohemian" ranging from $16 to $45. The looks are available at and locally at Bohindi (2134 Arlington Ave. in Upper Arlington).


For free, professional support in building a healthy brood (both emotionally and physically), check out the recent online collaboration between Cardinal Health, the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Columbus Public Health department and others. The website offers downloadable Best Start Toolkits for parents that offer ideas and local resources for healthy eating, playing and communicating with young children. There's also an option for submitting a question to one of the site's collaborative partners.


If environmental matters are important to your family, you'll want to check out All About Kids, a child-care center in Lewis Center that opens this month. The facility is LEED-certified, and part of the daily curriculum covers green habits such as collecting rainwater, caring for a garden, recycling and instilling an eco-friendly routine in earth's youngest citizens (ages 6 weeks to 12 years old). Other educational features of the day care's agenda include teaching American Sign Language and Spanish at no extra cost.


Shadowbox Live's new Play Cafe is one of the most creative Sunday schools in town. Kids ages 6 to 11 can get an hour's worth of theater instruction every Sunday between 11 a.m. and noon. Jim Andes, a longtime triple-threat performer at the Brewery District arts spot, leads the students through fun theater warm-up games and helps them re-create a classic fairytale complete with costumes and, we're guessing, an "Encore!" if requested. Classes cost $12.50 per session or $40 for four classes; call 614-416-7625 to sign up.