11 Questions with… Pina Crispo. @Chic_Mamma #bdk11Qs
26 Mar 2018
Welcome to “11 Questions with…”. This edition’s guest is Pina Crispo.
11 Questions with… Pina Crispo
1. Elevator pitch… tell us about yourself.
Where do I start? Let’s try and make this quick! I’m a Chic Mamma of 3, host of The Parenting Show on Global News Radio 640 Toronto, instructor at Humber College (Media Branding & Creative Content), blogger/content creator at ChicMamma.ca, a professional voice actor and some consider me to be an digital influencer… phew that was a mouth full haha!
2. Your spouse… tell us about him.
NICK! Nick is my TOTAL opposite, I say right he says left haha! We’ve been together 18 years and married for 11 of them. He’s an I.T. wiz and is nowhere to be found on social media… told you that we’re total opposites lol!
3. Your kids… tell us about them.
I have 3 amazing kids… Samantha 6, Liliana 4, and Marcus 2.
Samantha is my sweet, caring, sensitive and emotional girlie girl. Dancing is her passion and going to the salon is just as good as a day at Disney for her lol!
Liliana is my rough and tough take no shit kid who has the biggest heart. Watch out she may punch you but you can bet that it will be followed up with a big hug and kiss haha!
Marcus, well Marcus is my little man and baby of the family who not only looks like me but is as crazy as me so I’m scared hahaha.
The kids… well the girls for now are also following in my footsteps as they take on the social media world as Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions where they share their love for music. Marcus will be joining his sisters soon enough.
Everyone keeps asking me when #4 is coming but I’m done… these 3 are a handful in the best possible way.
4. Do you have any family traditions?
I am all about family traditions and we have a few, but my most favourite has to be the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)! Going to the EX has been a family tradition in my family from even before my parents had any of us (my 2 older sisters and myself). My parents immigrated to Canada from Italy in 1971 and since then they would visit the EX every year, and it continued on after they had my two older sisters, myself, and now our families. Our annual visit is my most favourite day of the year, and although it’s hard to do since my father passed away 2 years ago, it’s something that I want and something that we need to keep doing in honour of my father who came to Canada to give us all a better life.
5. What have been your biggest challenges as a parent?
Oh man it would have to be time management. More often than not I just feel like I don’t know if I’m coming or going. Trying to manage 3 little ones, a few businesses under my belt, teaching and hosting a radio show – things can go from 0 to 100 in a millisecond and there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in my day to get it all done.
6. If you could pick any career in the world for yourself, what would it be, and why?
Pick any career in the world? Well that’s easy cuz it would be EXACTLY what I’m doing right now. Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’m able to be here for my family while working and doing what I love. To be able create content for Chic Mamma while doing my voice work, teaching my radio students, doing my radio show and still being able to pick up the kids from school and go on class trips with them is the absolute BEST! There’s a lot of sacrifice and late nights to try and get it all done, but it’s totally worth it.
7. Growing up, who inspired you the most?
My parents, hands down! My parents are immigrants and came to Canada from Italy for a better life. When they arrived back in 1971 as newlyweds, they only had $100 in their pockets. They worked hard and never gave up. They taught myself and my sisters that everything is possible when you put your mind to it.
I don’t think I would be where I am today without their love and support. Even now with my father gone (he passed away in 2015), he still pops into my mind when I just want to throw in the towel, and reminds me that he’s with me and that I’ve got it!
8. How do you balance work life and family life?
Hahaha, I don’t! Plain and simple, I totally suck at this. It’s not easy and things overlap all the time. You just need to try your best. During the day while the girls are at school, I still have Marcus with me. So I try to get some work done, but it doesn’t always work. Many times, it means catching up on work once all 3 are in bed, which means I don’t get to hit the sack till 2am. One thing I do have as a rule is that weekends are for family, which means no checking emails, voice messages or texts… it works most of the time haha!
9. What advice would your “current self” give to your “just about to have my first child” self?
It would be to hang in there cuz it’s going to be rough and tough, but eventually it get’s better. Focus on the important things in life and don’t sweat the small things… it’s just not worth it. And no matter what happens in life, you will get through it… just like the Pearl Jam lyrics tattooed on my foot say, “I’ll ride the wave where it takes me…”.
10. Has there been a piece of advice you were given about parenting that really stuck with you?
Honestly? Nope haha! Everyone painted this beautiful picture for me when I just wish they were brutally honest. They gave me stupid advice like sleep when the baby is sleeping hahahaha! Worst advice ever!
11. What advice would you give to new parents?
It would probably be along the same advice that my “current self” would give to my “pre first child self”. I would also add in that it’s important to be true to yourself. Often times when you have a child you lose yourself and forget who you are. It has taken me 6 years and 3 kids later to find myself again, so while it’s important to care for your child and be there for your family, it’s important to do that for YOURSELF as well!
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