Can you tell us a bit about the Where Parents Talk story?
Our company was started when each of us realized that there were no quality visual resources for new and expectant parents available. That was in 2000 when web video did not exist and DVDs were just becoming popular. As new and young moms ourselves, we decided to put our thirst for parenting knowledge alongside our professional background as television journalists to produce how-to parenting DVDs, focused on sharing simple nuggets of information in small digestible morsels to support parents with the many challenges and joys of parenthood.
What are some exciting new developments for Where Parents Talk?
Our portfolio continues to grow, just like our kids! In addition to our how-to parenting DVDs and website, we have a parenting TV show, a monthly column in ParentsCanada magazine and are working on a national parenting radio program.
For many Canadian families, multiculturalism starts at home with a mix of winter traditions and celebrations. first!” He soon eased up and now even enjoys helping with the tree. Jennifer Kolari is a Toronto-based family therapist and the founder of Connected Parenting, an approach that teaches parents the techniques therapists use to change undesirable behaviours. “I think it’s beautiful to be blended,” says Jennifer. In fact in her own household that combines Judaism and Christianity, they joke that they celebrate “Chrismukkah”!
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You want to introduce your kids to the wonders of science, so you plan a trip to your local science centre for a day of exploration. When the day comes to an end, all the fascination and inquisitiveness that the excursion sparked in your children’s minds is put on hold until the next field trip. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
We are surrounded by science every day of our lives, and nowhere is that more evident than in the kitchen. Food is one of the most tangible and accessible gateways to the world of science that we can offer our children.
“Everyday stuff is not so every day, it’s really quite wonderful,” says David Sugarman, senior researcher at the Ontario Science Centre. “All cooking involves science.”
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Sometimes they need a little help letting go.
How many times has your mom or mother-in-law uttered the words, “We didn’t have half this amount of gear when I had my babies!” It certainly does seem that babies come with lots of stuff. Fast forward a few years and you’re in the thick of the toy-acquiring phase of your child’s life. Rarely does an event go by that isn’t accompanied by a new toy or trinket.
But what comes in eventually must – or should – go out. As with their clothing, children outgrow toys. It might, however, seem easier to get your child to part with a too-small T-shirt than a toy that might still hold some allure.
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