Meet a Parent: Meet Wendy Nilsson

[ 0 ] May 2, 2011 |

Today meet Wendy Nilsson, Chair of Friends of Brown Street Park, Partner of Nurslings, mom and panelist from the upcoming Kidoinfo Conversation, Raising Community Minded Kids. Please join the conversation on Wednesday, May 25th at AS220 in Downtown Providence. Click here for details.

Kidoinfo: What neighborhood do you live in?
Wendy Nilsson (WAN): College Hill/East Side or as I like to say, near Brown Street Park

Kidoinfo: Where were you born?
WAN: Whalley, England

How long have you been in Rhode Island?
WAN: 20 years back and forth from Boston…the last 10 have been Providence centric. I grew up in the plastic capitol of the world, Leominster, MA

What is your current state of mind?
WAN: I have a good thing going. I hate change, but once I commit to it and start making steps, it feels pretty good and the anxiety vaporizes.

Who’s in your family?
WAN: My husband, Mike Paradiso, Bear 8 and Boo 6

What trait do you most admire about your family?
WAN: Our sense of humor. We laugh a lot. I love seeing my boys grow into little human beings that I admire and amuse me. I also like the feeling of all of us being in it together, like projects we do at school or in the community.

Kidoinfo: What is your favorite thing to do?
WAN: Travelling with my family, especially camping and skiing. I love a good road trip.

Where is your favorite place to hang out?
WAN: Our  basement. We thought we would make it this super cool kid centric place. Once we started with the renovations, we changed our minds and made it all about grown-ups. It’s all about neutrals and zen. Not a single saturated color on any surface. All the toys are behind closed doors.

Where would you most like to live?
WAN: Right where I am. Though, It would be nice to have an office/studio bigger than ½ my closet and for Boo to have a window he can see out of in his room.

What do you like to do when you are not with your kid(s)?
WAN: Shop, Paint, Run

What is the most overrated thing about parenthood?
WAN: Honestly, it is the best job I ever had and I had some pretty cool jobs, but check back with me in a few years when I am going through menopause and my kids are going through puberty.

What is your most treasured possession?
WAN: My bed. It’s such a nice place to be…for everyone in the family

What superpower would you most like to have?
WAN: To be able to sleep through the night…or finish a sentence..maybe they go hand in hand,

Who is your favorite fictional mother or father?
WAN: Pippi Longstocking’s dad. While we never meet him, he instilled in Pippi this wonderful pride in being different. I try to do that with my kids,. That being said, I allow them to  sleep with their heads on the pillow.

Kidoinfo: What are you going to do now that you have answered these questions?
WAN: Feed my kids. Again!

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Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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