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Lianne Castelino

Mom of 3, television journalist, entrepreneur, founder whereparentstalk.com, healthcare communications

Lianne Castelino is a mom of 3, an award-winning journalist, entrepreneur, and founder of www.whereparentstalk.com (@parents_talk) --- her fourth child born in 2005.

A former news reporter and sportscaster @CTV, Lianne is a sports junkie, storyteller, passionate about people and telling their stories --- especially to powerful visuals.

She is also the founder of WINE, a monthly networking group for women created in 2008.

She currently works in healthcare communications.
Teach Kids The Values London Victim Christine Archibald Lived

Teach Kids The Values London Victim Christine Archibald Lived By

These are all important principles that children need to be exposed to from a young age, that should come automatically as they get older, because it is part of the fibre of their being. That's because their parents - who are their first, most important and life-long teachers - have taught them these important lessons.
06/06/2017 01:23 EDT
A Cheat Sheet For Parents Of Soon-To-Be High-School

A Cheat Sheet For Parents Of Soon-To-Be High-School Grads

Having been through this process once, I can safely say it does NOT get any easier. Each child is different. End of story. Here's what I've observed and learned over the course of having one child and now the second apply for postsecondary education.
04/11/2017 05:02 EDT
What To Keep In Mind When Working From Home With

What To Keep In Mind When Working From Home With Kids

Maybe I was in an ultra-serious head space when I first saw the video of Robert Kelly's children enter the backdrop of their father's live interview with the BBC. I didn't laugh. I didn't see an ounce of humour in it, frankly. All I could think about was how horrified he must have felt, though he did an incredible job masking it.
03/14/2017 03:32 EDT
Who Is Ultimately Responsible For Rude

Who Is Ultimately Responsible For Rude Behaviour?

Calling out rudeness, a lack of etiquette or a complete absence of compassion or empathy in public should never have to happen -- but it MUST. The recent examples that made the headlines -- of a woman allegedly sitting on the feet of a passenger whose feet dangled over an empty seat on public transit -- is a case in point.
02/28/2017 10:20 EST
PK Subban Is Misunderstood (And That's A Good

PK Subban Is Misunderstood (And That's A Good Thing)

Let's call it what it is -- young, black hockey players are few and far between in the National Hockey League. Rising to the top of his position in his short NHL career is also fairly unique. His parents immigrated from Jamaica to Sudbury, and PK did spend some of his childhood growing up in Northwestern Ontario. A minority there too, undoubtedly. He is one of three brothers playing in the NHL. Pretty unique as well. Subban is unabashedly different, and he owns it. That's worth admiring and emulating.
06/30/2016 11:51 EDT
What Is Our Role In The Orlando Nightclub

What Is Our Role In The Orlando Nightclub Massacre?

Should parents just stop trying to explain such inexplicable behaviour to children? Most adults don't understand it, how in the world can we be expected to explain it to our children. Is ignoring these types of utterly incomprehensible acts a better course of action to preserve the 'childhood innocence' that appears increasingly to be fleeting?
06/14/2016 04:09 EDT
What Parents And Children Can Learn From Muhammad

What Parents And Children Can Learn From Muhammad Ali

His unwavering principle is something to marvel at. Principle supported by action. He didn't just talk the talk (which in itself he was highly-skilled it and evidenced in a litany of piercing quotes). He backed it up with action -- which was usually followed by some degree of conviction and courage -- cause being your own man is usually a road riddled with potholes, even in the best of times.
06/06/2016 05:30 EDT
My Apologies, But Your Manners Are Absolutely

My Apologies, But Your Manners Are Absolutely Appalling

Manners are increasingly taking a back seat and it shows. What stuns me is how completely oblivious people are to their own lack of manners in a given situation, but how quick they are to point out ill-mannered others. Time to take an etiquette selfie. You might be aghast at what you see.
05/30/2016 03:45 EDT
The Message In A Bottle Needs To

The Message In A Bottle Needs To Change

I'm not saying having a drink should be a punishable offence. I am saying that as a society and as individuals, we tend to be rather cavalier about our general attitude towards alcohol. Nonchalant about the powerful impact it can have on one's faculties, decision-making and motor skills, among other things.
05/27/2016 01:03 EDT
Behind Every Entitled Kid Is An Enabling

Behind Every Entitled Kid Is An Enabling Parent

Entitled individuals can bob and weave their way through life deftly in large part because those of us around them allow it to happen. We enable that action. We are all guilty of enabling in one form or another -- however, small or large that enablement.
05/18/2016 01:07 EDT
So You Think You've Got What It Takes To Be A

So You Think You've Got What It Takes To Be A Leader?

Too often these days, in my opinion, parents seem to be ill-equipped, nervous about, not-inclined to, act like true leaders of their children. This is not about a dictatorship or any kind of authoritarian rule. This is about parents having the confidence in their ability to lead their children.
05/10/2016 12:12 EDT
Mind The Gap: Is Taking A Year Off After High School A Good

Mind The Gap: Is Taking A Year Off After High School A Good Idea?

With her intention to take a year off -- more formerly known as a "gap year" before starting at Harvard in 2017 -- now a matter of public record, President Obama's eldest daughter's decision comes with it the predictable flood of raised eyebrows, analysis and opinion.
05/03/2016 01:22 EDT
There's No Time Like The Present When You're A

There's No Time Like The Present When You're A Parent

For parents, being able to tap into some of what makes up the convenience industry -- hopefully the free or less-costly things -- should mean freeing up time to spend that ever-elusive "quality" time with our children, spouses and partners. But does it?
04/26/2016 12:56 EDT
It's Time Canada Finally Put First Nations

It's Time Canada Finally Put First Nations First

If we can be moved to action watching footage of children living in poverty in third-world countries, we should be equally driven to effect change when we see the inhumane conditions that exist for our First Nations communities across the country.
04/18/2016 10:22 EDT
The Solution To Childhood Obesity Is Nothing

The Solution To Childhood Obesity Is Nothing New

Childhood obesity is a huge societal file that continues to get tossed around errantly -- as it quietly and not-so-quietly lines the purses of many along the way -- and yet we have seemingly not advanced the dial on it one iota in decades. Instead, we've collectively made it so much worse.
04/14/2016 11:39 EDT
Goodwill's Closing Reflects Reality For People With

Goodwill's Closing Reflects Reality For People With Disabilities

The media spotlight has long dimmed on the recent unraveling of Goodwill. But the realities remain. In their own way, each embody a range of significant issues that most of us take for granted. One of them concerns the health, wellness and livelihood of people with disabilities -- many of whom formed Goodwill's very own staff.
04/05/2016 02:38 EDT
The Challenge Of Taking A

The Challenge Of Taking A Stand

How courageous do you suspect those victims had to be to come forward? How much time, thought and fortitude do you think they needed to even decide to take a stand, advocate for themselves -- in the face of all forms of painful, targeted, mostly harsh scrutiny and judgment from a variety of sources. IT TAKES COURAGE.
03/28/2016 09:18 EDT
Why Adam LaRoche's Daddy Day Care Went Too

Why Adam LaRoche's Daddy Day Care Went Too Far

Having been inside many baseball dressing rooms over the years as a sports reporter, and inside the players-only areas of many other sports arenas and venues as a member of the media, I can tell you, this is a private area for the members of that team and should be left as such. That's their domain, their space and should be treated that way. And that includes bringing your kids to work.
03/21/2016 02:27 EDT