Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Spotlight on Daddy -- Mike Canapni, Creator of the Learn’N’Turn Training Utensil

I am excited about this month's Spotlight Dad, as he has created a must-have feeding utensil for toddlers.  My daughter, Savannah, is learning how to feed herself, but struggles to get the utensil to her mouth.  But, thanks to Mike's invention, she is able to feed herself with ease, and makes dinner time so much more enjoyable for everyone.  Read on to learn more about the Learn’N’Turn Training Utensil, created by this week's Spotlight Dad.  Then, enjoy my interview with him.

The most versatile and economical toddler utensil you can buy

"Because both the spoon and fork attachments come with the “Learn’N’Turn”, it’s like getting two utensils in one. And because the attachments can rotate in either direction, it is perfect for left or right-handed children. With the ability of the “Learn and Turn Utensil” to convert into a conventional spoon or fork, it eliminates the need to repurchase new utensils as your child grows and develops."

baby spoons - toddler fork

  • The only adjustable, interchangeable spoon and fork utensil that helps teach your child eating skills
  • Accommodates left or right-handed learners
  • Unique grips on fork help hold food on tines

 Baby Fork

"Spoon or fork attachment can only be removed or inserted when both arrows on the handle and the attachment are aligned in the 90 degree position. Once the attachment is rotated, the attachment becomes locked into the handle and can not be removed. To remove attachment, simply return to the 90 degree position and pull firmly. To reattach, simply align the arrows, in the 90 degree position, and snap together."

Please enjoy my Spotlight on Dad interview with Mike Canapni, the inventor of the Learn’N’Turn Training Utensil.  But, make sure you head back here on Friday, when I will review his product further, and offer one lucky reader a chance to win a Learn’N’Turn Training Utensil for their child.
Name:  Mike Canapni
Company Name/Product/Service:  Transcontinental Trading Inc. / Learn and Turn,
a patented training spoon
Company Location: Kitchener Ontario Canada
Company Website:  www.learnandturn.com
Facebook URL: http://www.facebook.com/LearnAndTurn 

Twitter Handle: @ LearnAndTurn
Age of Company:  5 years
Favorite Inspirational Quotes: Cleaning your house with small children is like shoveling the walk in a snow storm.
Favorite Book:  Clan of the Cave Bear
Tell us a little bit about yourself.  How many children do you have?  What are their ages? Your hobbies? Etc. 

I am trained as a plastic injection mold maker and designer and worked my way up to a senior automotive executive position before becoming a stay at home dad and starting my home business. I am married to a school Teacher for 8 years and have one son who is 6 and a daughter who is 4. We love to all skate in the winter and head to the beach in the summer
Briefly explain your business.  How did it come about?  

While eating with my son, I had noticed that he was eating off the side of the spoon. After trying to explain the correct way I discovered expatiation was proving fruitless. Then my wife explained that the bones in his hands and wrists were not fully developed and it made it difficult for him to use utensils properly. After further research, my wife proved out to be correct and I set out to make a product to help our children use utensils properly taking in account their lack of dexterity.
What is a typical work day like?  

Kids, kids, Email, email, email, kids, kids, email email sleep, and repeat.
What has been a struggle while starting up your company?  

No money coming in from my end
What did you do in your past work life?  

Automotive executive
What have been some of your major successes? 

Product accepted into Toys R Us Canada strategic branding partnership with Knowledge first financial
What have been some of your major challenges?  

Product awareness
On those impossible days, what motivates you to keep going?

What is your balancing secret in managing a business and family?  

Family first most of the time.
What is next for your business? 

Expanding into major national and international retailers
Do you have any advice for other mom entrepreneurs that are starting out and struggling, or are on the fence about starting a business?  

Give it lots of time to grow and hard work makes for good luck over time.

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