The Parent Pulse

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

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Storytelling is the best way to capture family history, but it can be difficult to preserve those stories for future generations. To make the task easier, Hilliard mom Jill Basom created "My Life Inscribed," an easy-to-follow interview guide for capturing family stories and creating a keepsake book filled with words of wisdom.

"I created it because my kids kept asking for stories about their grandparents' childhood and I realized I didn't know many," Basom said. "There aren't a lot of resources available for doing a face-to-face interview that draws out great life stories and not just facts."

The questions are presented in chronological order, designed to help interviewers walk through a loved one's life from birth to present day, and the bound books include blank pages for attaching photos and recipes. "My Life Inscribed" is available at Simply Vague at Tuttle Mall as well as on


As a parent, your clubbing days may be over - but that doesn't mean you have to stop dancing. Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St., Columbus 43202) will continue its hit Wake and Shake event series through 2016. These "morning raves" get started at 6 a.m., and the nonstop dance parties are accompanied by juice, smoothies and coffee. Neon clothing, costumes and face paint are encouraged. The next Wake and Shake is Friday, Jan. 8. Admission is free for Wild Goose Creative members and $5 for non-members.


Here's a new option for kiddos who want to learn to swim - Goldfish Swim School is opening its second central Ohio location in Westerville. The 9,700-square-foot facility at 765 Brooksedge Blvd. offers developmentally appropriate water safety and swimming lessons in a fun, kid-friendly environment. Welcoming 90-degree pools and island decor give the swim school a tropical vibe, perfect not only for classes but also for family swims and birthday parties. Classes are offered year-round in the mornings, evenings and weekends for children aged four months to 12 years. Goldfish also operates a location in Dublin. Register for classes at


Need help navigating the Affordable Care Act and selecting Marketplace insurance? You can access free, in-person assistance - in English, Spanish or French - before the open enrollment deadline on Jan. 31. The Cognosante Enrollment Assistance Program is located at 4449 Easton Way, Columbus 43219, but their staff is available to meet in other locations. Walk-ins are welcome, but you're encouraged to call 614-934-1157 to make an appointment.


And hooray for Kroger and Safe-Dock! Those are the new car-seat docking stations that you may have noticed popping up in all their stores now. Kroger is the first retailer in central Ohio to provide these safety devices in all 123 of their locations: They're designed to discourage customers from balancing infant carriers on top of shopping carts.