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Kidoinfo Hosts Conversation: Parenting Simply on March 7th at Local 121

“What can I do to simplify and create a meaningful lifestyle for myself and my family?”

Kidoinfo presents a panel discussion on Parenting Simply, the second conversation in our 2010-2011 Series. The experts on our panel have backgrounds in child development, food and nutrition, education, and life-work balance.

Join the conversation. Panelists will share their tips and ideas on how to foster balance and peace of mind. All involved will walk away from the event with ideas and inspiration.

Since parenting is challenging enough and finding a babysitter for a night out may be costly, this event is free! Appetizers included. Cash bar. Hope you can join us! Space is limited. Pre-register here.

2011 Parenting Simply Panel and ModeratorLEAD SPONSOR: The Gordon School. Sponsors: Peapod, Leslie Kellogg, Residential Properties, Ocean State Montessori School, RISD Museum of Art, Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island. Friends: Rhode Island Families in Nature


Janice O’Donnell – Executive Director, Providence Children’s Museum
Read Janice’s Meet a (Grand) mother interview on Kidoinfo. (will post on Thursday, 2/24)

Janice joined the staff of Providence Children’s Museum in 1979 and has been executive director since 1985. She now heads an organization that has more than 160,000 visitors annually, an operating budget in excess of $1.7 million and 40 staff members.  A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, she has a background in teaching and independent school administration.

Throughout her career, Janice has been guided by the idea that play is essential to learning:  “Children are natural scientists, actors and artists,” she maintains.  “They learn by trying things out, testing their ideas, playing roles… And they do all this on their own as they play.  Play is creative, engaging, volitional and it’s when the best kind of learning happens.”  Because of this conviction, she has led the Museum in developing Learning Clubs, which provide joyful learning experiences for Providence’s inner-city children; a partnership with Head Start; and Families Together, the Museum’s nationally recognized visitation program for families who have been separated by court order.

Janice is the grandmother of Liv, Finn, Jackson and Esme.

Johanna Corcoran – Family Enrichment Consultant, My Familytopia
Read Johanna’s Meet a Parent interview on Kidoinfo.

Johanna is a RI-based Family Enrichment Consultant and Founder of Familytopia. She founded Familytopia based on her experience returning to full-time work shortly after her daughter’s second birthday. Johanna quickly realized that she was not alone in her attempts to find balance amidst a hectic work/family schedule. Recognizing that both employers and families are impacted by the stress working parents face, Johanna developed the Familytopia concept- and today, helps parents and employers address the needs of the modern family by providing inspiring workshops, parent-focused events and supportive parent circles. Familytopia has programs at many of Rhode Island’s most established employers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Amica, Neighborhood Health Plan of RI and Lifespan.

Johanna lives in Johnston with her husband and six year old daughter. Her concept of  “Parenting Simply” includes a clear idea of what her family values, and not falling into the “ominous overscheduling” trap.

Hannah Marcotti – Holistic Health Coach, Hannah’s Harvest
Read Hannah’s Meet a Parent interview on Kidoinfo.

Hannah is a writer, coach and mom, guiding overwhelmed moms to connect back to themselves and teaching how simple food creates energy and family balance. Hannah says, “I am the often overwhelmed mother of three who packs lunchboxes, says please use a quiet voice often, eats a lot of green food, laughs at the awesome things my kids say and looks forward to the evening when little ones are asleep so I can have a conversation with my husband, whom I adore. I’ve just learned how to feel healthier and happier through it all. I love to guide others to being more present, healthy and joyful.”

Hannah has 3 children, ages 8, 5 and 2. Moving into simple parenting for her was a shift that started with food and continued into the way she bought toys, formed friendships and created community. She now helps other women who feel overwhelmed use the power of simplicity in food and their lives to create more energy, connection and joy.

Read Hannah’s column on Kidoinfo, Vegetables: A to Z.


Jill Davidson – Education/Communications Consultant (Blogs at providenceschools.blogspot.com.)
A independent education and communications consultant, Jill Davidson lives in Providence, Rhode Island and works as a project director, social media strategist, facilitator, and advisor with a variety of projects and clients including Rhode Island After School Plus Alliance and the Coalition of Essential Schools. She is also focusing on her writing career and is thrilled to be a contributor to Faces of Learning: 50 Powerful Stories on Defining Moments in Education, an upcoming book of essays and reflections. She writes East Side Monthly’s education column and is a contributor to Kidoinfo.com.

Jill is the parent of three sons and is active in their schools; she’s a past president of the Parent Teacher Organization at Dr. Martin Luther King Elementary School in Providence and remains an active member of King’s PTO. Jill loves working with families who are thinking about where to send their kids to school and has created a blog, Providence Schools and Beyond (http://providenceschools.blogspot.com), to explore that terrain.

Jill spent 12 years working at the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES), a national progressive school reform and restructuring organization, working in various capacities and concluding as Interim Executive Director. While at CES, she co-authored Small Schools, Big Ideas: The Essential Guide to Successful School Transformation, published in 2009 by Jossey-Bass and has contributed to a wide variety of other publications on the topics of assessment, high school restructuring, student achievement, and parent/family partnerships with schools.

The Details:
Parenting Simply
March 7, 2011 from 6:30-8:30pm.
Location: The Speakeasy at Local 121, Downtown Providence, Rhode Island.
Parking: Free on Street Parking. Valet Parking at Local 121.
Cost: This free event includes appetizers. Cash Bar.
Space is limited. Pre-register here.
Help keep Kidoinfo free! Raffle tickets will be sold for chances to win great prizes!

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