I have a second child due in October and this one’s a boy. His sister and dog are not necessarily in the know, but they will experience it soon enough. Hopefully before that we are also moving to another house in Haverstock, London.
My wife and I know that with a lot of patience and a little bit of luck we could find other parents living near us. But we decided to increase our chances by developing a free iPhone and Android App that can identify and connect like-minded parents living nearby. The App is called ParentsNearby and the pre-launch sign up phase has just started on parentsnearby.com. People from more than 10 countries have already signed up, including some from our new neighbourhood!
We know how much sleep deprivation and baby routines can force us to spend most of our time near home. We have met other parents in antenatal and postnatal activities, but it took much longer and lots of effort to identify and connect with those who turned out to be true friends.
The idea of ParentsNearby became clear when I ran into another dad living nearby and with a daughter about the same age as mine. We started to chat and realised that we had gone to the same school and even the same university back in Brazil. Despite having never talked before, we shared many interests and several common contacts on Facebook and LinkedIn. We were lucky to find each other in London, but I realised that a mobile app could help many other like-minded people to meet each other.
Now Im on an online and offline quest to invite parents and parents-to-be to sign up for ParentsNearby. As a friendly parent on Twitter has put it: #ItTakesAVillage