I’m not alone, I know that, but the market is flooded with apps and websites that give us access to so many “recommended” or people with a cleared background check. Of course, those sites come at a cost but to be honest with you, Suzy Q with a clean background check still doesn’t really pass MY mama bear background check. Meaning, you can pass all the background checks in the world, but that doesn’t mean I’ll allow you to watch my kids.
I was recently asked to check out a new “babysitting app” and I thought, “here we go again…” and I almost passed it up until I took the time to read about the app.
Little Helper is new, it’s fresh, it’s different and dare I say, better than other apps I’ve seen!
Let’s start with how Little Helper came about. When Little Helper Founder (Paul Burke) and his wife began to have kids, he noticed the unique role she held along with other moms around her. She was running the household; planning the family schedule, running errands, and managing the kids’ activity schedules. He saw a need. To help his wife create a system to help her successfully have the support she needed as she managed all of these little day to day details.
What is Little Helper?
Little Helper is a service to help the Chief Household Officer (mom!) and her family better coordinate with their most trusted support resources. We help families build what we call “essential networks”. These networks are made up of the small set of people you’d trust to help in your home with your most precious assets—your children. Our goal is to make it easy for these micro-community members to efficiently get and give support from trusted resources by streamlining the request process.
First you create your account then add the email addresses of those you want in your “Essential Network” Your Essential Network is the handful of people in your close-in network who you trust to help you no matter when you need it. We call those people a “helper” not babysitter.
That brings me into the next point, the website/app is closed off from other social networks. You don’t have to post on your wall asking everyone you know if they are available to watch your kids on THIS DAY at THIS TIME because honestly, that’s scary! You’ve just opened yourself up to a potentially dangerous situation. Sure, you “only asked your friends” but how many of those on your friends list do you 1005 trust with your kids? and if you don’t, why are you letting them know you won’t be home?
TRY IT FOR FREE
Little Helper is still in the beta testing phase so they need your help. They want your feedback on the app and how it can be improved or if it’s great the way it is!
Some really cool figures they have in the works is:
- Co-Parent Event Management. I think this feature would be great for divored parents. Manage events and who will be having the children easily in one place.
- Different Helpers. We all know we need more than just child care help, right? Little Helper is looking to create another “Helper categories” for lawn care, pet care, dog walking, etc.
- Time Tracking/Payment Management for Full-Time Care. An automated pay system so the awkward exchange of money isn’t there.
- Helper Availability for Direct Booking. Our kids have their favorites, of course, so if you would like to book somone directly, this new feature would help. The Helper would mark down their avaiable hours and you can check out their calender and select it.
- Barter/Credit System to Trade Time. “Hey, could you watch my kids and I’ll bring a bottle of wine next time we hang out!”. wine for child care? I’m down with that!
- GPS Connected Carpooling. Exactly what it sounds sound. If your helper has your kids you’d be able to see exactly where they are at with the help of a bluetooth connection between the phone and app.
Are you seeing why I love this app? And if you don’t have kids, that’s fine too! You can see the app for pet sitting or house sitting if you have a trip coming up.
As I said, Little Helper is still in beta so you can try it out for free! So please do that and tell me how you are liking it.
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