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As a parent, there is always something new to learn with every age and stage. That's why we started The WhereParentsTalk Company to create exceptional how-to DVDs, gifts and other products that parents can use as learning and reference tools during those tough times. Our award-winning DVDs combine expert advice, demonstrations and lots of mom-tested tips from company founders Lianne and Andrea, both moms as well as broadcasters. Here is where we'll post company updates, sneak peaks, and more exciting tid-bits!

Posted May 6, 2010

by Lianne Castelino www.whereparentstalk.com

So unique and so precious. A gift that is so difficult to describe to those who don't have it. It is impossible to explain weaving (safely!) through traffic to get to hockey practice on time, hurdling over grocery shoppers to get the cupcake essentials for the surprise birthday celebration at school, rummaging through mounds of toys to save that favorite blankie from a certain fate, leaping over piles of dirty laundry to find those gym clothes then racing to deliver them before class starts.

Why on earth do we put ourselves through this? Because we are blessed to feel unimaginable joy at a challenge overcome, pure and sweet pride at a lesson learned, frustration at the forgetfulness, anger at the deceit, exhaustion from the sleeplessness, and happiness at being the comforter, voice of reason, friend, giver of hugs, receiver of artwork made with little hands, confidante, and most importantly MOM.

I could never imagine life without my three angels. They have brought me more joy than I could possibly express. So blessed, so fortunate, I realize and am so very thankful.

To all you new, expectant and grizzled veteran moms out there - enjoy your day. Celebrate, reminisce, savour every second.

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Happy Mother's Day!


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Posted May 5, 2010

By Lianne Castelino www.whereparentstalk.com

It is now official. The disclaimer is now not just relegated to G movies and above, various cartoons, the first 6 minutes of most newscasts, the last 2 minutes of most sportscasts, billboards, the internet, and other things I’m sure I’ve forgotten.

We have now officially added the front page of the newspaper to our list of things to keep out of reach of children (under 12). How ridiculous. My husband and I are news junkies.  We cannot start the day without reading the newspaper from almost cover to cover. As a result of watching us over the years, our three children have followed suit. We are always wary of the front section of the newspaper and the litany of murders, sexual assaults, adultery, fraud and various other vices contained therein.

But when the headline of the paper reads, in size 28 font, something so crude that I will not repeat it here, we were both floored and disgusted. So now, we get to review the main section of the paper daily - quickly and hide whatever sections are not appropriate for children. Kids do not need to read this kind of stuff. We understand newspapers are struggling to be relevant in an increasingly online world, but show some sensitivity for goodness sake.

It further erodes the goal of getting kids to read – letting them read what they enjoy – which might just happen to be the newspaper. Why can’t we show some discretion in what is being printed, or at least save it for the last section of the last page. Whatever happened to childhood innocence – and trying to preserve at least some of that?

We started scanning the paper this morning, trying to recover from yesterday’s horror. Something else to add to that endless list of parenting duties.

Posted May 3, 2010

by Lianne Castelino www.whereparentstalk.com

I had the pleasure of attending the 12 Annual Babytime Show at the International Centre in Toronto over the weekend. Crazy weekend family schedules being what they are, I spent just over an hour at the Show.

Wow - what an incredibly busy place! Strollers, pregnant bellies, toddlers, new products, massive signs, huge displays, tons of music, food, and the perhaps the main reason for the show, outside of stellar organization ---- passionate entrepreneurs.

There are moms, dads, and non-parent types all over the place whose creative juices or just plain need have led to incredibly innovative, practical, fun and educational or both - "I wish I had thought of that" products. Kudos to them! Hope they have tons and tons of success!

If there is one thing you can be sure of, speaking from more than seven years of experience, being an entrepreneur is an absolute labour of love and IT IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. You learn a lot about yourself, your limits, your motivation and desire. You learn tons about humanity, how to deal with rejection and frustration. You learn how to persevere when you hear the words, "No thanks," more times than the word "Yes, that sounds great, let's draw up a contract and move it forward." You learn new ways to open doors when they are constantly closed in your face. You learn how to celebrate the small victories, and lay the foundation for the larger wins that may or may never come.

In short, being an entrepreneur is a marathon and not a sprint.

If you survive all the tests, then you will also learn that being an entrepreneur is exhilarating, rewarding, motivating. It is for the independent spirit, the dreamer, the optimist, the forward-thinker and the learning addict. It is for the creative at heart and the pragmatic, after all necessity is the mother of invention, they say! Being an entrepreneur is for those who may want to create a different schedule, be the masters of their own domain, enjoy a consistent adrenaline rush, and look at the world slightly differently than many others.

The emotional roller coaster of entrepreneurism is riveting, exhausting and absolutely worth it! Hard work always pays off - so the saying goes. No where is that more evident than deciding to go into business for yourself.

Our own labour or love, Where Parents Talk.com, a Division of Liandrea Productions Inc., has been all of the above and more. I have learned so much, come out of myself, pushed my personal boundaries, learned tons of about myself, my family, life and who my friends are.

For those new small business owners just starting out - welcome to the club, savour even good and bad moment. It is a process and for the most part there are no shortcuts. A no in the morning could turn into a yes at lunch - that's the way it goes! For those who are veterans of the entrepreneurial world - congratulations!

If you are a rookie or a grizzled veteran entrepreneur - KEEP GOING. Fear regret more than failure. Push the envelope. Celebrate all the victories - big and small. Delegrate. Negotiate. Pace yourself. It is JUST SO WORTH IT in the end!

ARTICLE LINKS - Check out a Q and A with Andrea and I featured in the magazine: MomProneurs 

For more information on thet baby and toddler show visit: www.babytimeshows.ca