Today meet Jill Davidson, an independent education and communications consultant, mom of three and moderator for the upcoming Kidoinfo Conversation, Parenting Simply. Please join the conversation on Monday, March 7th at the Speakeasy at Local 121 in Downtown Providence. Click here for details.
Kidoinfo: What neighborhood do you live in?
Jill Davidson (JSD): East Side of Providence, near the JCC/Brown Stadium/Nathan Bishop Middle School
Kidoinfo: Where were you born?
JSD: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kidoinfo: How long have you been in Rhode Island?
JSD: A little over 6 years. I also lived here for 6 years in the late 1980s-early 1990s.
Kidoinfo: What is your current state of mind?
Kidoinfo: Who’s in your family?
JSD: My husband, Kevin, and three children: Elias, Leo, and Henry, who are respectively 10, 7, and 4. Also Zeke, who is a pleasant and shy old man cat.
Kidoinfo: What trait do you most admire about your family?
JSD: Can’t pick just one. Top three are that they are each in their own way intense, fun-loving, and compassionate.
Kidoinfo: What is your favorite thing to do?
JSD: Cook, garden, make jewelry, read, be outdoors with the family (beach, hiking, gardening, playing/watching sports, whatever!), collaborate creatively with kids and adults.
Kidoinfo: Where is your favorite place to hang out?
JSD: Winter version: book stores, Wintertime Farmers Market at Hope Artistes Village, a good bar, anywhere with friends. Summer version: beach, the Sessions Street Community Garden, anywhere with friends.
Kidoinfo: Where would you most like to live?
JSD: We chose to move to Providence from San Francisco in 2004, so here I am. It was hard to leave San Francisco and we still really love it, so that’s my alternate.
Kidoinfo: What do you like to do when you are not with your kid(s)?
JSD: Think consecutive thoughts and enjoy the respite from interruptions.
Kidoinfo: What is the most overrated thing about parenthood?
JSD: Babies. Not that babies per se are overrated but the baby stage is so fleeting. There’s so much more! Yet the delights and laments of babyhood seem to be the whole story when you’re crossing the chasm into parenthood.
Kidoinfo: What is your most treasured possession?
JSD: Freedom and security–not possessions at all, of course, but which I treasure more than any particular object.
Kidoinfo: What superpower would you most like to have?
JSD: A worry-eradicating power that would induce instant anxiety abatement in myself and those around me.
Kidoinfo: Who is your favorite fictional mother or father?
JSD: Perhaps not the greatest role model in all aspects, but I love Aurora Greenway from Terms of Endearments for her ferocity.
Kidoinfo: What are you going to do now that you have answered these questions?