Guest post by Tina of DoubleScoop.net
We have one slight problem. We live in the middle of the country, and one set of grandparents lives on the west coast, the other set on the east coast. We decided to do our best to create a bond between the kids and their grandparents. In fact, we counted that in the first 2 years of my oldest daughter’s life, we made 14 trips by plane and car just to visit grandparents. It was too much—too much time, too much money. And when the older child started school, we had a lot less flexibility.
So, like many other parents with long-distance grandparents, we filled the gaps between visits with phone calls and Skype sessions, the latter which never worked as well as we had hoped. The kids would stray from the screen, we had connection issues, voices were fuzzy or clipped. Then, about a year ago, I heard about a couple of people in my town starting a company to bridge generations through technology. When I understood their mission, I joined their team to help with product development and marketing.
Finally, we are launching DoubleScoop, an app that works on computers, iPads, iPhones and iPod touches. DoubleScoop connects kids and grandparents in a safe and simple way. They can draw pictures, exchange photos, write stories and record voice messages or songs for each other. It’s exciting because it focuses on one-to-one relationships, rather than sharing information with large groups of people. In addition, DoubleScoop keeps all of the messages shared between a grandparent and their grandchild in one place, creating a virtual scrapbook of their relationship together.
In our home, we have been using DoubleScoop for a few months now, and my kids and grandparents love it. My husband even likes it, too. I am so happy to be able to share DoubleScoop with your readers. It’s free, so please give it a try at www.doublescoop.net. Let me know if you have any comments, questions or feedback by emailing me at email@example.com.