In anticipation of the upcoming “How Parents Use Social Media” event, I invite you to get know our panelists better through Meet the Parent interviews. To launch the new series, KidoConversations, I chose four parents affiliated with Kidoinfo; Katy, Michelle and Erin are contributing writers for the website, and Alex serves on the Kidoinfo advisory board. Although I knew Katy and Alex briefly before starting Kidoinfo, I have had the pleasure of getting to know them much better because of it. I met Michelle Riggen-Ransom over our love of technology, sushi,Â kids, and our entrepreneurial spirit months after launching our own businesses. Erin joined early on as a contributing writer but it took well over a year before we finally met in person.
I started Kidoinfo using social media more than two years ago to create a space for parents to gather. During that time I have reconnected with parents I met in passing at the playground or got to know because of Kidoinfo – some personally, some professionally and some I still only know virtually. The ability to engage and share with people over the Internet, at the park, and at a local coffee shop keeps me grounded and invested in my community of friends, fellow parents, and family-related businesses and services.
I hope to see/meet many of you Tuesday, February 9, at Bravo Brasserie. Bring your questions, and playdate or business cards. We’ll provide some food, name tags, and the chance to hang without your kids. Not signed up yet? Click here.
Today, meet Katy Killilea, Kidoinfo’s first contributing writer.
Kidoinfo: Where were you born?
KLK: New Jersey!
Kidoinfo: How long have you been in Rhode Island?
KLK: Eleven years–four in Barrington, the rest on the East Side.
Kidoinfo: What is your current state of mind?
KLK: I’m feeling kind of full of myself because it’s December 17 when I’m answering this question and I’ve got the perfect gift for everyone all wrapped up and hidden behind my pants in the closet.
Kidoinfo: Who’s in your family?
KLK: Jack is eight, Briggs is six. I’m married to a schoolteacher named Joe, and we have a puppy named Butter.
Kidoinfo: What trait do you most admire about your family?
KLK: Except for Butter, A+ car singing and living room dancing, and they’re all hilarious. Butter I mostly admire for being cute and soft and for going with the flow.
Kidoinfo: What is your favorite thing to do?
KLK: Anything I can only do when no one is around, like reading the Patagonia catalog while eating a bowl pf raisin bran. Otherwise, I like baking and reading to children the best, or going for a walk with Joe.
Kidoinfo: Where is your favorite place to hang out?
KLK: With kids, I like the teenager room at the Barrington Public Library. Alone, I like to sit at the kitchen counter. With a friend, I’d pick Cafe Lila in Pawtucket. With Joe, I like to hang out in snowy woods. With my whole family, the best place is at the Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire because you can have a snowball fight in the pool.
Kidoinfo: Where would you most like to live?
KLK: I think about moving to one of the Portlands sometimes.
Kidoinfo: What do you like to do when you are not with your kid(s)?
KLK: I like running barefoot and listening to friends talk about sex or different plastic surgeries they’re half-considering.
Kidoinfo: What is the most overrated thing about parenthood?
KLK: The gear. All you need is friends, a sling, some avocados, a school, and lots of money or gift cards.
Kidoinfo: What is your most treasured possession?
KLK: I try to not care about possessions, but I’d be really sad to lose my wedding rings. Other than that I love, love, love the electric kettle.
Kidoinfo: What superpower would you most like to have?
KLK: Either something to do with a tidiness wand or being able to care less about tidiness. Probably the wand.
Kidoinfo: Who is your favorite fictional mother or father?
KLK: The mother in Blueberries For Sal. She let her child get mixed up with hungry bears, was oblivious to any danger, everything worked out fine, and she looked pert throughout.
Kidoinfo: What are you going to do now that you have answered these questions?
KLK: I’m taking Butter for a walk.
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– Renaissance Gymnastics Academy
– Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH)
– Rag & Bone Bindery
– Ocean State Montessori
– Soul at Work
– St. Peter School
– The Bridge Montessori
– Amy Ro photography
– Hennessey PR Consulting
– Breathing Time Yoga: Yoga w/ childcare
– RI Families in Nature
– exhale. return to center