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Oregonians talk about urban living with children
by: L.E. Baskow, Jamaal Folsom, father of Amira Tripp Folsom, 6 (who attends Beach Elementary), and 2-year-old Nathaniel Tripp Folsom (not pictured), is a former aide to recently resigned city Commissioner Erik Sten.

How does having children affect the work you do? What do you like best about living in the city with kids?

We asked several interesting Portland parents these questions for a new Portland Tribune special section. One answer appears below. Find the rest, along with handy tips for exposing kids to the arts, food and the great outdoors, in the Arts/Culture section or by clicking here. Send your own suggestions to audreyvanbuskirk@portland tribune.com.

Jamaal Folsom

Jamaal Folsom, father of Amira Tripp Folsom, 6 (who attends Beach Elementary), and 2-year-old Nathaniel Tripp Folsom (not pictured), is a former aide to recently resigned city Commissioner Erik Sten and now, he says, 'the part of the mayor's staff affectionately known as the 'Satellite-5.''

'I see myself as a role model for my children,' he says, 'so I constantly have to ask myself, How amI making a difference in our community and in the world they live in?

'I try to do my work in a way thathelps my children see that they are truly fortunate and that it's incredibly important that we use our gifts to positively impact the lives of others.'

He and his wife, Felicia Tripp, enjoy playing with their kids at some of Portland's great public outdoor spaces like Alberta Park and Jamison Square when it's nice, and at the Portland Children's Museum.

- Jim Redden