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It was lovely sharing with GoLocalProv's Tracey Minkin why I chose to host a conversation around Traditions.

GoLocal Prov Video Kidoinfo Conversation Traditions

Kidoinfo's latest "Conversations", held in the bright, colorful sanctuary of Craftland in downtown Providence, addressed the issues of traditions in modern life.

Panelists Teny O. Gross (founder, Institute for the Study & Practice of Non-Violence), Beth Curtin (artist), Sarika Parikh (teacher, The Gordon School), and moderator Wendy Lawton discussed the relevance of their own traditional rituals both during the holidays and throughout the year.TRADITIONS-cover_Page_01

Before sharing their thoughts with the crowd, some of the panelists also talked to GoLocalProv's Tracey Minkin.

Watch the video here: http://www.golocalprov.com/lifestyle/5071/

If you are looking for more ideas on how to create, share and pass on traditions with your family, please email me your address and I will send you a free copy of the Traditions guide.

Today meet Sarika M. Parikh, teacher at the Gordon School, local mom, and panelist from the upcoming Kidoinfo Conversation, Family Traditions. Please join us on November 16 at Craftland in downtown Providence. Click here for details.

Kidoinfo: What neighborhood do you live in?
Sarika M. Parikh (SP): Oak Hill in Pawtucket.

Sarika-MAP-webKidoinfo: Where were you born?
SP: New York.

Kidoinfo: How long have you been in Rhode Island?
SP: Nine years.

Kidoinfo: What is your current state of mind?
SP: Grateful, positive.

Kidoinfo: Who’s in your family?
SP: My husband and two wonderful little boys.

Kidoinfo: What trait do you most admire about your family?
SP: We protect and support one another all the time. We laugh a lot!

Kidoinfo: What is your favorite thing to do?
SP: Besides spending time with my children, we enjoy entertaining nights out with other couples and date nights.

Kidoinfo: Where is your favorite place to hang out?
SP: I love coffee shops and book stores.

Kidoinfo: Where would you most like to live?
SP: Outside any major city. If I had to choose one place it would be outside Manhattan, where I grew up.

Kidoinfo: What do you like to do when you are not with your kid(s)?
SP: Exercise, kickboxing/Zumba classes, travel, read, shop, sports entertainment, dance.

Kidoinfo: What is the most overrated thing about parenthood?
SP: Hmm..It's important to remember it's truly who we are as parents that is most important, not always what we do. Parenting that involves no/little exposure to the outside world bothers me sometimes.

Kidoinfo: What is your most treasured possession?
SP: A box with items from my sons' births.

Kidoinfo: What superpower would you most like to have?
SP: The ability to predict the future.

Kidoinfo: Who is your favorite fictional mother or father?
SP: I love the television show, "Parenthood." I find all the parents on this show interesting.

Kidoinfo: What are you going to do now that you have answered these questions?
SP: Go to bed!

The Kidoinfo Conversation about Family Traditions is made possible with support from our sponsors. Thank you to our lead sponsor, the Gordon School, and our supporting sponsors: Craftland, Snow Beverages, WholeFoods, Leslie Kellogg (Residential Properties), Hannah’s Harvest, Cutler & Company, and Soul at Work.

Today meet Beth Curtin, artist, local mom, and panelist for the upcoming Kidoinfo Conversation, Family Traditions. Please join us on November 16 at Craftland in downtown Providence. Click here for details.

Kidoinfo: What neighborhood do you live in?
Beth Curtin (BC):
Fox Point.

Beth-MAP-webKidoinfo: Where were you born?
BC: Virginia.

Kidoinfo: How long have you been in Rhode Island?
BC: Elevenyears.

Kidoinfo: What is your current state of mind?
BC: Excitement...my older children are coming home for the weekend!

Kidoinfo: Who’s in your family?
BC: My husband, Bill, my son Nicholas, age 23, my daughter Cammie, age 20, and my son Peter, age 8.

Kidoinfo: What trait do you most admire about your family?
BC: Creativity.

Kidoinfo: What is your favorite thing to do?
BC: Make things, especially with children or with my friends.

Kidoinfo: Where is your favorite place to hang out?
BC: The Wheeler School playground after school.

Kidoinfo: Where would you most like to live?
BC: Right here in Providence, Rhode Island.

Kidoinfo: What do you like to do when you are not with your kid(s)?
BC: I like to make art in my studio in Pawtucket.

Kidoinfo: What is the most overrated thing about parenthood?
BC: I get so much joy from my children that I honestly can't think of anything that's overrated.  I hope that doesn't sound sickening.

Kidoinfo: What is your most treasured possession?
BC: My family photographs.

Kidoinfo: What superpower would you most like to have?
BC: Flying.

Kidoinfo: Who is your favorite fictional mother or father?
BC: Venetia from "Hens Dancing" and "Summertime" by Raffaela Barker.  She makes me laugh.

Kidoinfo: What are you going to do now that you have answered these questions?
BC: Go to the studio and make some lino prints.

The Kidoinfo Conversation about Family Traditions is made possible with support from our sponsors. Thank you to our lead sponsor, the Gordon School, and our supporting sponsors: Craftland, Snow Beverages, WholeFoods, Leslie Kellogg (Residential Properties), Hannah’s Harvest, Cutler & Company, and Soul at Work.

Today meet Wendy Lawton, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Brown University, writer, local mom and moderator of the upcoming Kidoinfo Conversation, Family Traditions. Please join us on November 16th at Craftland in downtown Providence. Click here for details.

Kidoinfo: What neighborhood do you live in?
Wendy Lawton (WL):
The Summit Neighborhood on Providence's East Side

Wendy-LucyKidoinfo: Where were you born?
WL: West Lafayette, Indiana

Kidoinfo: How long have you been in Rhode Island?
WL: Holy cow. Seven years!

Kidoinfo: What is your current state of mind?
WL: Frazzled but happy.

Kidoinfo: Who’s in your family?
WL: The core is me and my seven-year-old Lucy. Then you add my mom and stepdad in New York, my sister and her husband and kids in Vermont, my brother in Texas, my sitter in Central Falls, my best friend in Pawtucket, and key peeps in Boston, Portland, Denver...it's a Google Map posse.

Kidoinfo: What trait do you most admire about your family?
WL: Big hearts and good minds.

Kidoinfo: What is your favorite thing to do?
WL: Learn and laugh, simultaneously and often.

Kidoinfo: Where is your favorite place to hang out?
WL: In Providence, the Nature Lab at RISD.

Kidoinfo: Where would you most like to live?
WL: Toss-up between Provincetown, Little Compton and anywhere in Spain.

Kidoinfo: What do you like to do when you are not with your child?
WL: Make mischief.

Kidoinfo: What is the most overrated thing about parenthood?
WL: Patience.

Kidoinfo: What is your most treasured possession?
WL: I hate to call her a possession, but I treasure my daughter more than anything.

Kidoinfo: What superpower would you most like to have?
WL: Talking to animals, Aquaman-style.

Kidoinfo: Who is your favorite fictional mother or father?
WL: Atticus Finch.

Kidoinfo: What are you going to do now that you have answered these questions?
WL:
Have one more cup of tea and hit the sack.

The Kidoinfo Conversation about Family Traditions is made possible with support from our sponsors. Thank you to our lead sponsor, The Gordon School and our supporting sponsors; Craftland, Snow Beverages, WholeFoods, Leslie Kellogg (Residential Properties), Hannah’s Harvest, Cutler & Company, and Soul at Work.

KidoConversationsAt Craftland in Downtown, Providence, Rhode Island
Tickets: $15. Includes printed Traditions' Resource Guide and other goodies. Snow Beverages will be serving up free natural sodas. Appetizers provided by Whole Foods.  Pre-Register and receive one free raffle ticket for a chance to win cool prizes.

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At Kidoinfo we like to share; connecting parents with information, new ideas and their local community. Raising Kids in a Digital World ConversationI created Conversation events so parents would have an opportunity to meet in real life, learn about an issue and talk about how it relates to their world.

Based on the success and feedback from last year's Conversations, I am pleased to announce the topics for the 2010-11 season. This year we will again invite you to join the conversation early by submitting your ideas and questions concerning each topic.

FALL: November - “Traditions”
Traditions connect your children with your personal and cultural history and form the memories they will later pass on to their friends and families. Families decide how to carry on, blend or create new traditions. This discussion gives panelists and attendees a forum to share their traditions and learn something new to share with their loved ones in the upcoming holiday season.

WINTER: February - “Parenting Simply”
Parents are busy juggling work, home and child-care and today’s children seem to be scheduled from birth. What do parents and kids really need? Can parenting be simplified to create a satisfying lifestyle for you and your kids? Panelists will share online tools and offline tips to foster balance and peace of mind.

SPRING: May - Community Minded Kids”
How can we instill volunteerism and community activism in the next generation? A panel discussion with projects, online resources, and examples of how families can create meaningful connections to their communities and impact real change in the world.

We are still finalizing dates, locations and panelists for each event. If you have panelist recommendations, suggestions for any of the conversations or an idea for a future topic, please contact me with "Kidoinfo Conversations" in the subject line. If you would like to sponsor one Conversation or the whole series, please click here for Sponsorship details.

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