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Meet a Parent: Jane Bergmark

JaneNeighborhood: Warren, Rhode Island

Kidoinfo: Where were you born?
JB: Earth (aka Providence, RI).

Kidoinfo: How long have you been in Rhode Island?
JB: I’ve lived here since birth.

Kidoinfo: What is your current state of mind?
JB: Calm. My kids are asleep!

Kidoinfo: Who’s in your family?
JB: I have four children – two daughters (11 and 6) and two sons (5 and 3). My mother and father live nearby. My sister and brother-in-law live in Los Angeles; we are very close and see each other often. I have a remarkable friend and partner who I’ve been in a relationship with for almost 3 years. He is very involved with my family and is a Mighty Papa-Pia (my youngest son’s term of endearment).

Kidoinfo: What trait do you most admire about your family?
JB: The amount of love and fun we have.

Kidoinfo: What is your favorite thing to do?
JB: So hard to pick one. Healing arts, shiatsu, yoga, singing, dancing, etc. I studied shiatsu and traditional Chinese medicine as well as practice and I teach yoga at a great studio in town, The Yoga Loft, that I recently took ownership of.

Kidoinfo: Where is your favorite place to hang out?
JB: Out of doors.

Kidoinfo: Where would you most like to live?
JB: I love this town, but I would love to travel to India, Africa, or Jamaica!

Kidoinfo: What do you like to do when you are not with your kids?
JB: I like to spend time with my gals, a group of women from around the world that I met at our local YMCA! We have dinner at a restaurant or at one another’s homes once a month. I so look forward to it. Lots of laughter – it really gives me back my sanity after days and days of what seems to be endless cooking and cleaning. Thanks, lovelies!

Kidoinfo: What is the most overrated thing about parenthood?
JB: People say, “Four kids; how do you do it?” My answer is, “It just happens.” I think planning and expectations have to be thrown out the window. You never know what will happen day to day.

I also feel as parents we need support. I get it from my local YMCA, great babysitters, family, and friends. It all helps. I adore Cornel West and recommend one of his books: The War Against Parents: What We Can Do for America’s Beleaguered Moms and Dads.

Kidoinfo: What is your most treasured possession?
JB: Self awareness; knowing what I need to feel well and the tools that get me there; my chiropractor, Dr. Malik; good books; yoga; dark chocolate!

Kidoinfo: What superpower would you most like to have?
JB: The power to manifest world peace. Who’s with me?

Kidoinfo: Who is your favorite fictional mother or father?
JB: I really have a soft spot for Elmo’s faddy. Actually, all the Muppets make feel warm and fuzzy inside!

Kidoinfo: What are you going to do now that you have answered these questions?
JB: I’m going to bed. Mamas need their rest, too. Infinite blessings and sweet dreams…

Interviewed by Katy Killilea

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