SitterHQ: the next iteration

I don’t remember what it was we needed a babysitter for, but it must have been awesome because there were no sitters available. As parents, that’s how it goes. The greatest thing ever is happening and you can go if you can find someone to watch the kids.

After trying desperately for what felt like weeks to find any available sitter, my wife had a brilliant idea.

"I wish I could just update my calendar, and our sitters would be notified and magically appear to watch Mona."

Brilliant.

That’s how SitterHQ came about. We created a grand plan to do just what Jen envisioned, plus a little more. We built it, launched it, and watched it nose dive like our plans for the aforementioned weekend. That was at the beginning of 2012.

A few months later we moved to a new town where we knew no one except my coworkers. It was isolating, scary, depressing, and stressful on our family. The chance for Jen and I to get out on a date popped up less than a handful of times.

Some parents are perfectly happy to spend every moment with their kids. I think that’s great. I’m happy for them, and happy that is what works for them. We aren’t those parents. We realized that in order to raise the best children we could, we had to be the best adults we could. That meant carving out time for each other, and for ourselves. Carving out that time, meant finding reliable childcare. And so a new idea was hatched for SitterHQ.

In the coming months SitterHQ will be relaunching with a new purpose: to provide tools that make families stronger, and help children develop into exceptional adults.

We will do this, at least at first, by introducing a more affordable, convenient and all around better way to find and keep great childcare. It has been our experience that similar services are misaligned with the needs of the family. When it comes to childcare, this can’t be.

If you live in, or plan to visit Kansas City often, and need childcare, I encourage you to join us by pre-registering at SitterHQ.com. Together, I truly believe we can build something remarkable that will strengthen families, relationships, and communities.

Built a patio table today. Loved every bit of it. Might have a new hobby.

Jen designed it, I built it.

Built a patio table today. Loved every bit of it. Might have a new hobby.

Jen designed it, I built it.

Now imagine: beer, baseball on the radio, & cicadas. #midwest (at @eh’s Turn & Burn)

Now imagine: beer, baseball on the radio, & cicadas. #midwest (at @eh’s Turn & Burn)

Spot on.

Spot on.

O-Bro & Grandpa Scoot (at so glad this isn’t Texas)

O-Bro & Grandpa Scoot (at so glad this isn’t Texas)

Mona wanted a My Little Pony party, so we all got Cutie Marks. They are the MLP version of tramp stamps.

Anyway, my stamp was for the pony named Snips, a unicorn characterized by his small black eyes, buck teeth and inability to procreate.

#dadlife

Mona wanted a My Little Pony party, so we all got Cutie Marks. They are the MLP version of tramp stamps.

Anyway, my stamp was for the pony named Snips, a unicorn characterized by his small black eyes, buck teeth and inability to procreate.

#dadlife

My favorite girl, Mona turns 4 today. Happy birthday, sweet girl. You make me all kinds of happy and proud.

My favorite girl, Mona turns 4 today. Happy birthday, sweet girl. You make me all kinds of happy and proud.

Mona calls this a “Bug Squat”.

Mona calls this a “Bug Squat”.

via Danny (my brother in law)

via Danny (my brother in law)

In which I receive a letter via U.S. Postal Service from @christianross.

In which I receive a letter via U.S. Postal Service from @christianross.

Love it.

Love it.