Hurtling into 2011

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Having grown up in the flatlands of New York State's Long Island (pronounced "Lawn Guyland"), I was a latecomer to the world of gravity-based winter sports (sledding, skiing, snowboarding, etc.). You native Ohioans might think most of Ohio is flat. Compared to Long Island, I can tell you it is not. In Ohio, you just have to know where to find the dips and divots in the terrain.

And finding those dips and divots is one of the things I've enjoyed most about motherhood. The way I see it, you can either sit in the car with the heater going while your kids hurtle down snow-covered hills, or you can get out there yourself and show them how it's done. Besides, isn't that what God made ibuprofen for?

We have a secret sledding spot in our town (don't bother begging me to tell you where it is, because I will not). It's perfect - steep, wide, sheltered from the wind, and it doesn't end near traffic. I love sledding. Botox might take years off how old you look, but sledding takes years off how old you feel. I'll take the latter any day.

This month in Columbus Parent we've got plenty of ideas about hurtling into the new year. Maybe you're trying to get your kids' toys and clothes organized. We've got that covered in our Go-To Guide. Maybe you're looking for quality childcare. Check out the robust pull-out directory of childcare programs, resources and articles that we put together with the Action for Children agency and our team of great writers.

Or maybe you're looking for a little inspiration. I know I found plenty when I was privileged to interview Mrs. Jo Kirk, founder of the WeJoySing music-education program, now entering its 25th year. And then again when I interviewed Chris Spielman, who is honoring his late wife Stefanie's legacy not just in continuing her fundraising work for breast-cancer research but in raising their four children. When Spielman says he has to repeat something 572 times before it sinks in to his kids' brains, you know you're talking to a man who has earned his dad stripes.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to invite you to get in touch and provide us with feedback. This issue marks the sixth one we've published since our redesign in August, and we'd love to know more about what you think. While we can't cover every part of Central Ohio in every issue, we are trying over the course of many issues to be an accurate reflection of the diverse parenting community that we're all a part of.

If you feel there are stories we need to tell, let us know! And if you would like to invite us to see how you throw a birthday party or cook with your kids, please get in touch! You can e-mail me at

In the meantime, thank you very much for reading and for being a Columbus Parent, too!