Meet Dr. Alice Wilder

[ 0 ] May 16, 2010 |

Today meet Alice Wilder, another panelist from the upcoming KidoConversation, Raising Kids in a Digital World. Please join us on Tuesday, May 25, at Local 121 for a fun night out; bring a friend or come solo. Click here for details.

ALICEKidoinfo: What neighborhood do you live in?
Alice Wilder (AW): I live in New York City right near the beautiful, ever-changing Lincoln Center.

AW: I was born in Hartford, CT. and grew up in Glastonbury, CT., an incredible family-oriented, play-in-the-streets kind of neighborhood — do those still exist?

Kidoinfo: How long have you been in NYC?
AW: I moved to NYC for Graduate School at Teachers College, Columbia University in 1991 and never left — so now I feel like a native New Yorker.

Kidoinfo: What is your current state of mind?
AW: Excited about all of the Possibilities!

Kidoinfo: Who’s in your family?
AW: My mom, my brother, sister-in-law, nephew, incredible friends and their many children that I am fortunate enough to be an “Aunt” to!

Kidoinfo: What trait do you most admire about your family?
AW: Playful:  Play to learn is my life and all the members of my famly exemplify that!

Kidoinfo: What is your favorite thing to do?
AW: Learn:  In all of its different forms — in play, through culture, in work, in relationships…

Kidoinfo: Where is your favorite place to hang out?
AW: My favorite place to hang out is wherever there are people that I like to hang out with:  in Providence, NYC, CT., Brooklyn, Nashville, Seattle, Los Angeles, Mass., New Hampshire, Amsterdam, England, all over the world!

Kidoinfo: Where would you most like to live?
AW: Where I am, in New York City with a house on the Ocean somewhere!

Kidoinfo: What do you like to do in your free time?
AW: Since I do not have kids I have lots of time to do things I love to do — bike riding, going to movies, seeing shows, going to the museum, going for walks, playing on my computer — but mostly I like to go visit my friends and their kids.

Kidoinfo: What is the most overrated thing about parenthood?
AW: The idea of ‘Balance’

Kidoinfo: What is your most treasured possession?
AW: My health.

Kidoinfo: What superpower would you most like to have?
AW: If I could fly I would be so happy!  I love the feeling of freedom and speed!

Kidoinfo: Who is your favorite fictional mother or father?
AW: Well, this answer may only make sense to me, because he isn’t a fictional father, he is a real father. But my answer is, Tom Hanks — or what I imagine Tom Hanks to be as a father.  The movie ‘Big’ changed my life and Tom Hanks’ character is what I modeled my career after.  So my answer is either what I think Tom Hanks is as a dad or what I think the writer of Big is as a dad OR what Tom Hanks’ character in ‘Big’ was like as a father!

Kidoinfo: What are you going to do now that you have answered these questions?
AW: Get on a conference call about another talk I have to give next week:  140 Character Conference.

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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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