Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Parent to Parent: Just Ask Boo
Parents are always asking friends if they know a good babysitter or a great summer camp. What if you could get the answers all in one place? In tonight's Parent to Parent, 7s Lynn Martinez shows us how a new web site created by moms is making finding answers to those questions and more much easier.
WSVN -- Need a nanny? Can't find a karate instructor? Changing child care? Just ask Boo.
Boo Zamek is the creator of "Just Ask Boo. An on-line grapevine where parents can get referrals and recommendations for all kinds of services.
Boo Zamek: "Everything from nannies to housekeepers, to homes in North Carolina to caterers."
Boo got the idea because her friends would always ask if she knew a good piano teacher? Instead of sending out a mass email, she came up with the web site.
Boo Zamek: "Because when you really need something that has to do with your child, you need to know that it's coming from somebody you can trust."
Carolyn has four kids and she uses it all the time and it's easy. Just log on, click your city, post your question and wait for the replies to come in.
Carolyn Huerkamp: "You put it up there, it's for free, and you get replies from such a large pool of people that it's just a really helpful tool."
Of course it's up to parents to find out if the recommendations will work for them.
Carolyn Huerkamp: "You will get a nanny's name and phone number for instance, and whether you choose to pursue this person or not is your choice."
To keep the responses credible, every one uses their first and last names.
Carolyn Huerkamp: "It's not anonymous, it's not from cyberspace, it's from people you know and trust."
Heather's days are full!
Heather Shaw: "I'm a very busy mother of four who is constantly on the move, driving back and forth across town."
When her family needs something she doesn't have time to ask around.
Heather Shaw: "I can get on there and find any information I need, and do it in five minutes."
She was also able to help a parent looking for someone to pick up their kids from school.
Heather Shaw: "I actually had a friend who was looking for a job just like that. So I forwarded all that information to her and she got call backs from it."
All the moms say the best part is that they trust the answers.
"This is an extended family and our subscribers look out for each other."
Lynn Martinez: "Just Ask Boo is a free service, and is already in six cities."
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