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Niccolò Machiavelli’s Advice on Parenting

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Niccolò Machiavelli’s Advice on Parenting

Readers may or may not know that I moonlight as a semi-professional philosopher. While classical philosophical discussions about undead cats and bat-life might seem a little other-worldly, Niccolo Machiavelli’s (1469-1527) advice on parenting has always seemed right down to earth. And so, in anticipation of today’s parental holiday, some words of encouragement: On Modus Operandi […]

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Can You Have a Career in Columbus AND be a Good Father?

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Can You Have a Career in Columbus AND be a Good Father?

Last week, The Today Show’s Matt Lauer asked the CEO of GM, Mary Barra, this question: “You said in an interview not long ago that your kids told you they’re going to hold you accountable for one job and that is being a mom. Given the pressures of this job at General Motors, can you […]

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Ranking Columbus City Schools by Family Engagement Surveys

Maria Kozelek Maria Kozelek Ranking Columbus City Schools by Family Engagement Surveys

There are many ways to assess schools. The Ohio Department of Education routinely measures school performance through standardized testing. Other standards of measurement include economic need, financial expenditures, graduation rate and remediation rate. Then there are Family Surveys. Many school districts ask for feedback by sending surveys to families. Some districts hire a third party […]

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School Issues: Social Media Pages

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: Social Media Pages

Although Facebook is scheduled to die sometime in the next year or two, it’s still a very popular mode of communication for Columbus-area schools. Since one of the long-ranging objectives of Columbus City Schools is to improve its image, it might be worth the time to look at its public social media feed on Facebook. […]

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Short North Parents Group Wants Better School Options

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short North Parents Group Wants Better School Options

When making lists of family-friendly neighborhoods in Columbus, the Short North doesn’t usually make the cut. Although fabulous, the zone between OSU campus and Downtown is better known for funky art galleries, a crazed Halloween party, dining and drinking. A new group, Short North Parents, begs to differ. The group sees the neighborhood as one […]

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Sprout Soup changing from retail store to appointment-only

Anne Evans Anne Evans Sprout Soup changing from retail store to appointment-only

Sprout Soup, the store that’s made cloth diapering and babywearing for Columbus parents accessible since 2005, is changing their retail model. Owner and President Alissa DeRouchie is expecting a new addition to her family this fall and has decided to downsize Sprout Soup from a full retail operation in Clintonville to an appointment-only office space […]

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New Website Provides Local Resources for Single Parents

Walker Evans Walker Evans New Website Provides Local Resources for Single Parents

The internet is full of all types of information, but there are always challenges in finding very specific types of information that are organized for a very tailored audience. Kelly Taylor experienced this first hand when trying to find local resources for single parents. Unable to find a centralized resource, she decided to launch her […]

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The Columbus Coffee Festival Returns!

The 6th Annual Columbus Coffee Festival returns on Saturday September 25th and Sunday September 26th!

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS & INFORMATION