The Zora's House ambassador loves parks, plants and honest parenting
Regina Prince, born and raised in Columbus, was serendipitously recruited to volunteer for Zora's House's Ambassador program during a brief career break as a way to stay connected to a community. She never expected to gain as much growth as she did. Prince previously spoke with Alive, along with four other women of color, explaining how their lives were impacted significantly by Zora's House. Prince learned how to embrace and be confident in her Indigenous side through the support of founder LC Johnson and the rest of the Zora's House community.
Zora's House is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a party! Come honor the women of color community on Thursday, May 23, from 6-9 p.m. If you can't make this event, Prince suggests supporting Zora's House financially. Besides Zora's House, here are a few things she loves.
I took a little over a year off from practicing social work to focus on my family. I am so in love with the social work field that I couldn't stay away for long. As a proud OSU College of Social Work grad and a member of the National Association of Social Workers Ohio chapter, I have a passion for any and all social justice-related issues. I didn't do well at the stay-at-home-mom gig (it literally is the hardest job; I salute all stay-at-home parents), so I made my way back into the field and now am working as the Training and Recruitment Coordinator for foster parents at Youth Advocate Services. I am completely in love with this agency! We have an upcoming fundraiser for our organization at Platform Beer Co. on Tuesday, May 28 from 3 p.m. - midnight. Come have a beer or four to support and chat with me about fostering! (Side note, I highly suggest having a few social worker friends in your life if you don't already; they're the best.)
I try to take every opportunity to get my family to a Metro Park. Nothing makes me more proud as a parent to see my kids get excited and fascinated about the little things in nature. The natural play areas at either Sharon Woods or Blendon are a definite go-to for exploring. Fun fact: My high school sweetheart and now husband proposed at Highbanks with the kids by our side during one of our little nature outings!
I am beyond thrilled the weather has finally turned and I can blow all my money on plants. With Oakland Nursery being a little over a mile from my house, I am constantly adding to my home in Northland. However, rather than only making space for the aesthetically beautiful or the invasive species, my goal is to turn my home into a native plant oasis (though I am such a sucker for unique hostas and daylilies). Some of my fave go-to nurseries outside of the city limits are Scioto Gardens, Groovy Plants Ranch and Natives In Harmony.
What a saving grace for beating cabin fever. I need to get out of the house a LOT and the winter can be brutal for finding something to do that is affordable and the whole family can agree on. I am so thankful for all the arcade bars throughout Columbus that have family-friendly days and times. It's the perfect place to go with fellow parents (even childless adults!) where everyone can enjoy themselves.
Honest conversations about parenting
Speaking of kids, becoming a mom at 20, my husband and I have the pleasure and challenge of growing up at the same time with our kids. Because parenthood has never been what I thought it would be, I have made it my personal mission to be as open and honest about parenting as I can. What I see a lot in other parents is a hesitation to have frank conversations out of fear of judgment. I love my kids fiercely, but I also find importance in being real about my little monsters, especially with a dash of humor. I read the book Scary Mommy when my youngest was 2 and it was a life-changer. I know you love your kids, but I know you probably want to (but actually won't) give them the finger.