Linda is a mom and the co-founder and managing partner of Smaldore Associates, LLC, the distributor of Bean-B-Clean, a brush designed to deal with the flakes and crustiness associated with Cradle Cap (dermatitis seborrhea).
How many children do you have? I have two children, Daniel who’s 29 and Stephanie who’s 32. I also have two grand-children, Charlie, who’s 2 years old, and, Miles who was just born on the Fourth of July.
How did you come up with the idea for your product? The Bean-B-Clean was developed after our grandson developed a fairly bad case of Cradle Cap and our search for something to help get rid of it was fruitless. We figured that since there are more than 4 million babies born annually in the United States alone, and that this was such a common problem, coupled with the fact that there weren’t any products that we could find (other than expensive shampoos), we’d develop one.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? Get your children involved in meal budgeting, planning, and preparation as soon as possible. They think it’s fun, teaches them how to cook and try new things, makes them proud of what they’ve contributed, and gives them a good sense of what things cost.
How do you get your family to eat healthy food and/or exercise? When the kids were growing up, Friday was always pizza night in our house. We made individual pizzas and had loads of veggies set up like an ice cream bar, where they could “decorate” their own pizzas. They ate some of the raw veggies, too, as they were creating their masterpieces for the oven. As they got older, we had each child be responsible for creating a menu for one meal/week that had to include a green vegetable and cost a maximum of $10 for a family of four. (Way back then, a family of four could eat well for $10.) Their involvement included shopping for their meal’s ingredients and the meal prep (with adult supervision).
As for exercise, the kids were always involved in organized sports (soccer, swimming, gymnastics, baseball and basketball). Living about a mile from a lake, we spent loads of time either biking or walking there as a family. The Shenandoah National Park and Blue Ridge mountains are fairly close, too, so we did quite a bit of hiking and camping there.
How do you recharge your batteries? Fortunately, we have several friends with beach properties in Maryland and North Carolina, so we’ll go there with them or by ourselves, when the spirit moves us, for occasional weekend getaways. For me, there is nothing more relaxing or soothing than falling asleep to the sounds of the ocean.