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Ravi commented on Parentsy: A mobile-based parent coaching program

Paul Kim Thanks for your comment! We started off in a rush to get started and to meet this immediate need of homeschooling support. But you are very right! We are realising that this current services is just a canary in the coal mine for us to understand other parent needs and to offer them as adjacent services. Even with home-schooling, we are getting inbound requests from all over the world. Parents and orgs are contacting us from Israel, Italy, Sweden, South Africa and India. We need a bit more time and resources to cater to these needs. So immediate funding is key :(

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Ravi commented on Parentsy: A mobile-based parent coaching program

Darry Strickland Peer coaching is definitely interesting. However, in our experience we have seen these efforts fade out over time. They do start off quite strong and everyone is enthusiastic at the start. We even added a layer of gamification to our prior peer coaching interventions which have been relatively successful in the early stages but it is hard to sustain motivation over time. This time, for parents, we are thinking of more peer-inspiration where parents could share some of their own photos, tips, strategies. Maybe set up a small-group call facilitated by one of our team. Re. Mothers, in our short anonymous survey of just over 50 households in Ethiopia, respondents indicate that it is the mothers who are mostly involved in and are responsible for educating their children at home. Fathers, siblings and other family members come a distant second, third and fourth. Even if this finding seems fairly obvious, it is a vital observation for policy makers and education service providers. These stakeholders need to take into account their primary user and understand the user’s needs while designing new learning materials and types of messaging they build around at-home schooling. Mothers are already heavily involved in various aspects of home management including meal preparation, hygiene and sanitation, and shopping and procurement of groceries and supplies. They also act as primary caregivers of children and senior family members. Over and above all these activities that they regularly perform, mothers are now tasked with home-schooling of their children. So the actual, quality time they can dedicate for learning will be minimal at best.

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Ravi commented on Parentsy: A mobile-based parent coaching program

Hi Naylee! Thanks for checking-in. Mental Health is always a tricky subject - we still have a lot to learn. However, in our experience coaching over 2,000 teachers and educators we have learnt a few "strategies" and ways of framing these issues that we can apply to parents as well - with usages like "frustrations", "stress", "disturbances", etc. But much work still needs to be done. Re. positive reinforcement, it's a great idea. We are planning to have a dedicated topic on it for parents to apply to their children in our section on "disciplining". Hope that makes sense. Happy to clarify or add further. This is a very interesting conversation, please do let me know in case of further feedback or suggestions! :)