In today’s show, instead of focusing on parenting, we focus on the parents. That’s right – this show is about us! In this episode, I speak with folks who have developed expertise and products specifically designed to make our lives easier. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Specifically, you’ll hear from America’s Time Management Expert and author of Take Back Your Time – 101 Simple Tips To Shrink Your Work-Week and Conquer the Chaos in Your Life, Shari McGuire, who tells us how to add time to our day. Time is such a precious resource these days! You can learn more about Shari and her book at her website, ShrinkYourWorkWeek. I’ll also talk with dad Michael Evans, who began his business career after the mittens with sock extenders he sewed on to keep his kids’ hands snow-free attracted admiration at the local playground. He and his wife went on to found ONS Gear, The Innovative Children’s Company. They work with parentpreneurs from Canada and the United States who have created products designed to make parents’ and kids’ lives easier – everything from socks that don’t fall off babies little feet, to hand warmers that attach to strollers, to portable highchairs that can fit in a purse! And for those of us who need a little help with organization, you won’t want to miss my conversation with Joanne Lang. A mom of four, Joanne left her job as a software company executive specializing in cloud computing when one of her sons had a life-threatening medical emergency while she was away from home and unable to provide a list of his medications to the paramedics. She decided it was time to create a fast, easy, and secure way for families to get organized and store all their medical, financial, school, and personal information in the cloud, and AboutOne was born. Learn how you can quickly upload data and have it available wherever you are for sharing to whomever you wish. In this episode, I also talk briefly about my own company, Playdate Planet, that provides a free online play date scheduler for busy moms and dads. No more phone calls or e-mails necessary to get your kiddos playing!
Starting with this show, I am going to be blogging about each week’s episode at the Playdate Planet site. This week, I’ll be blogging about why parents (particularly moms) find it so difficult to prioritize themselves. Just click on the blog tab and join the conversation. If you have thoughts about the show, ideas for how parents can make their lives easier, or questions for me or other parents, I welcome your comments. So don’t be shy. I’d love to hear from you!