Meet a Parent: Jane Bergmark

[ 6 ] February 14, 2008 |

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

In the interest of community building, we will periodically profile a parent from our Kidoinfo community. If you want to share your ideas or request a questionnaire so that you can be considered for a future “Meet a Parent” column, please contact us!

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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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  1. Elaine says:

    The power to manifest world peace. Who’s with me?

    I loved this answer!

    It’s something my daughter says every day

    Here’s to world PEACE!!

  2. I love “Meeting the parents!” Aren’t we lucky to live in a community of such rich and interesting people. I totally agree that it certainly “takes a village…..”


  3. calendar Kate says:

    I love Jane B.

  4. Kate says:

    What a wonderful strong woman. Jane has always been strong but sooooo sweet!

  5. Alka says:

    Jane Bergmark, Is one of the most true original souls that has added deep value and meaning to whose ever lives she has touched.

    We love her dearly. and will always do.

    Peace , Om Shanti OM

  6. Kathy says:

    Jane B is truly an inspirational woman and a superb friend to many. She lives a life of peace and works for change.

    I am blessed to know her.


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