anissa1I was introduced to almost two years ago when I met Anisa Raoof.  Anisa is the founder of Kidoinfo which I find to be a special website because not only is it a parent’s guide to Rhode Island (including things to do and places to go), but it is done with a twist: there is an emphasis on community and  culture.

Anisa wants to share ideas and resources of how families can create meaningful connections to their communities and impact real change in the world and believes that how we act in our home is an important foundation for kids to learn values.

When I saw that Anisa developed a series called ‘Kidoinfo Conversation’, I asked her to share more about her viewpoint and the program: “I believe we set examples by modeling the behaviors and ideals we feel are important: how and what we talk about, the books we read, household rules, holidays and traditions we celebrate, are some of the ways we teach our children what we value and how we relate to the world.”  She also states that “Making connections from our home to our greater community benefits us all.”

The first Kidoinfo Conversation was ‘Parenting Simply’ where panelists shared their tips and ideas on how to fosteranissa2 balance and peace of mind. The upcoming conversation is titled ‘Raising Community Minded Kids. This event will be held Wednesday, May 25 from 6-8pm at AS220.

From this event, Anisa will release the Community Minded Kids (CMK) Field Guide. She hopes this field guide will be a first step in sharing ideas, resources and examples on how families can be more socially responsible. There will be space in the field guide for kids to record their own values and reflect on how they can bring these ideals into being. They can make plans/goals for a project that aligns with one or more of their values and interests.

Kidoinfo is collecting ideas and resources on the topic in advance of the conversation and launch of the CMK Field Guide so be sure to share your thoughts

About Anisa Raoof: 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.