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.
What (or who) inspires you when it comes to juggling a busy company and career with motherhood?
Passion is a fabulous source of inspiration. The desire to share smart, time and energy-saving parenting information is a wonderful driver. In the years since we have been running our business, the need for quality parenting information has increased by leaps and bounds. Technology has played a large part in that equation, so too has the appetite for information that parents today have. We are also driven by a deep desire to help people. If we figure something out as parents, we are only too happy and willing ot share it. The beauty of this business is that as we learn new things with our own children and families, we are able to impart some of those key learnings via our parenting network.
I can be a drill sergeant at times. It is not a role I enjoy but it does serve a purpose, when necessary.
Favourite mom or baby product?
Anything from Creativity for Kids. My kids have always enjoyed the pencil crayons that turn into watercolour paint just by adding water. They turn anything into artistic masterpieces and feed the imagination.
The 2 biggest pieces of wisdom you would share with moms:
#1: Trust your instincts, they are more than often right.
#2: Do not do for your kids what they can do for themselves.
When they are older, I want my kid(s) to most remember me as a mom who was/is so very proud of her kids and always helped them reach their potential.
When parents find out what I do, they often say: “that sounds fascinating’, followed quickly by ‘how do you do it?’ and finally, ‘you must be crazy!”
In my free time I love to travel, take photographs and daydream.
I’m dreaming of my kids being happy and fulfilled in whatever they do, and always knowing how much their parents love them.
Thank you, Lianne! On a more personal note, Lianne and Where Parents Talk were among our first brand partners, has been incredibly supportive of MommiesFirst and has a genuine heart when it comes to making amazing products for families. We couldn’t be prouder to have partnered with such a wonderful company and amazing entrepreneur.
With love and care,