Happy Monday, CluckCluck friends! Over the past few months as Heather and I have gotten CluckCluck up and running, we’ve read many, many excellent blogs on a variety of subjects from parenting, to technology, to work-life balance. We’ve decided to join the discussion and blog about some of our own experiences on things like starting our company, info about the app, and how we manage to get our kids to school on time (usually) while simultaneously checking our email and throwing back multiple cups of coffee. Sometimes I even brush my hair before I leave the house! I’m pretty sure Heather does too! Aren’t you already impressed by our ability to manage career/family balance!?
Today, for our inaugural post, here’s a quick tip on CluckCluck: how to share info about your kids with your caregiver.
If your sitter does NOT have our app (and really, why doesn’t she or he? It’s only $0.99 to download on iTunes and you can even gift it to your sitter if you’d like!), you can easily share your children’s info and your emergency contacts via email. This is actually pretty handy; on Sundays I usually update my kids’ task lists for the week and then email the updated list to my dad, who watches my kids one afternoon a week and who adamantly refuses to upgrade to an iPhone (he clings to his Blackberry for dear life).
Here’s how it works: click on the “Children” icon in the app, then click “Export Family Info by Email”. This will bring up a checklist of all of your children plus your emergency contacts. Check the boxes for the info you’d like to share, then click the blue “email” button on the upper right hand corner of your screen. The app will create an email with the information you’ve chosen to share, and you can send that email to anyone you’d like.
If your sitter has CluckCluck on his or her phone, sharing info is equally simple. From the “Children” page, click on the child whose info you’d like to share (or click on Emergency Contacts, if that’s what you’re sharing). Then click “edit” in the upper right hand corner of the child’s page. In the “edit” view, you will see a bar showing how many friends have access to that child’s page. Clicking the bar brings up the checklist of all of your friends; simply check (or uncheck) boxes as needed and then click “save” in the upper right hand corner. That’s it! Now your sitter has access to your child’s info, and can send and receive updates about that child.
Alternately, you can click on the “Friends” icon in the app, then click on any of your friends who appear in the list. From this screen, you can toggle access to each child on or off for that friend.
So, yay, that’s our first blog post! Did you enjoy it? Is there any subject you’d like to see us cover in the future, whether about the app or something entirely different? We’d sincerely love to hear from you. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!