January is the month of the detox. Here at bubble, we’re focussing on weaning ourselves off the internet in order to spend more quality time with the people we love. Here are the three tools we’re using to encourage the whole family (mums & dads included!) to spend less time on their devices and to make some new – real-life – connections. Let the digital detox begin! Get the kids offline with Kidslox: Over the Christmas break, many of us were guilty of over-reliance on the ‘i-nanny’, handing the kids a tablet or phone so we could enjoy the festivities
Christmas Eve is an incredibly exciting time, which can make it difficult for kids to settle down and go to sleep. However, it’s also the time when parents are trying to finish off their present wrapping and waiting for kids to nod off so they can sneak in with their stocking. Make sure they get to bed on time with these top tips: 1. Limit their sugar intake before bed. As tempting as it is to smash open the selection boxes early, keep your eyes on the prize (bedtime) and save the treats for Christmas day. 2. You might love
December can be a stressful month when you’re a parent. There’s so much pressure to keep up with everyone else and make sure your kids don’t miss out, while Facebooking the hell out of it all at the same time. This year, we’re particularly grateful for the people who have made it their business to ease the burden by bringing Christmas to us. Here are our top three: Giftwink This one is a total no-brainer. You simply tell Giftwink who you need to buy gifts for, and they come back to you with some personalised suggestions that are so good
Having survived the summer, and now having successfully navigated back to school week, parents have been using bubble to arrange themselves some well-earned “me time”. We thought we’d share some of the things that the app’s allowed them to get out and do: Book a 7 am sitter for a rare Saturday morning lie-in; Take a 2-hour trip to Tesco in peace and quiet; Get to the cinema for the first time in years; Take out the bike for a 50m ride; Meet friends for an impromptu & overdue night out; Get to the gym to work-off some holiday excess It’s been great
As you can probably guess, we’ve spent a fair bit of time talking to parents and sitters about the ‘fun’ that comes with organising a babysitter. Every tiny nugget of information and insight continues to be a massive help in developing bubble, but we thought why should we keep this to ourselves? So here it is, fellow parents – our top 10 most annoying habits according to the sitters we asked (186 to be exact) who were just too nice to tell you themselves. Is it cheeky or the result of tired people being ‘over-enthusiastic’ on a rare night off?
When my first kid Zeb arrived, amidst all the fun and excitement, I do remember thinking to myself that parenting was just too hard! Atara and I used to laugh about it but in all seriousness, for all of the innovation we’ve seen since the dawn of the internet, parenting’s not really gotten much easier to the extent that it has for almost everything else we do. The idea for bubble only came a couple years later and in helping parents find a babysitter easily, I’d like to think we’re doing our bit, but we’re not the only ones –
One of the hardest decision we’ve had to make so far has been what to call our app. I think decisions like these are tough for a few reasons. Firstly, it’s something that everyone will have an opinion on – irrespective of age, experience profession or perspective. We’re all qualified to say whether we like a name or not and opinions differ wildly. It’s a bit like a TV advert – any viewer naturally and instinctively forms an opinion on whether it’s “any good” or not, making everyone an expert in their own right. Another difficulty is that you’re having