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…About Talking to Other Parents. Maybe You?

by The Momma on April 8, 2011

The Daddy: Quiet, The Adults Are Talking–Creative Back and Forth or Forced Topical Conversation?

The Momma: Ugh, tonight? Definitely the latter. Normally it flows pretty easily, but tonight I just can’t think of anything to say.

D: You know what I’d love? To chat with other parents, but then we gotta find parents that are on relatively the same vibe.

M: Like the people who read the site? Ooh, we could make one big giant gchat!
M:
Or maybe that’s what we could do with the Facebook page (think that was a sly enough plug?)

D: Very subtle, but yeah. That could be fun, and dangerous.

M: Honestly, that’s a big part of what I want from Noodle Knobs–ok, maybe not the gchat thing, but finding other parents who we relate to, to talk to.
M: So how do we do that?

D: Hmm, a scheduled time for people to join in by invite?

M: As long as it’s not a Twitter party. I hate those. As much as I love twitter.

D: No, no Twitter party, I think invite is the way to go, so you don’t get trolling and chaos in general.

M: So we’re looking at an invite only, RSVP, online “parents talking” party.

D: I know, could we GET more lame?

M: Oh god, and you think I worry that no one will show up to our REAL parties.

D: No, I think maybe bring in one more person we click with and start with that. If that goes well, and we haven’t alienated all our readers, we can expand to more.

M: That sounds good.
M: How do we pick? Random name through the comment section? Choose someone from Twitter?

D: That’s gonna be the tricky part. It should be someone who reads NK, someone who has a similar mindset, and someone who’s available when we do the chat. The weird part is that all of this will now be up on the site, so transparency is rocking out in full force.

M: Yeah, I’m feeling a little exposed.
M:
But now that we’ve put it up, we have to follow through, huh?

D: Yep. it’s all hanging out now.

M: So, uh, now what?

D: Well, I leave that up to you, marketing wizard. I’m thinking a blog post, some Tweeterizing, you know, wave your marketing wand.

M: Oh geez. No pressure or anything.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

shasta April 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Is a message board too 2004? That could be fun.

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Lex April 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm

You guys, talking to (and clicking with) other parents is HARD. Say (or do) the “wrong” thing and you pretty much get blacklisted by all the other mummies and daddies in the community or whatever. And then your kids are all “Why doesn’t anyone ever say ‘hi’?” and then you have to come up with an answer that actually makes sense to your kid(s) — without sounding like an ass.

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Ronel April 8, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Haha Lex that is pretty funny but true. Even in ‘real’ life parents can be pretty nasty if you ask their kid very nicely (for the 5th time) to please not use their fists to play on the piano. So ja, you have to either tread very carefully or let loose totally. Either way you will gain or loose parents. I just say, whatever. Do what you like. We are all different and the best way to learn is by opening up your head to different ideas. Parenting is never set in stone. Yes you have rules but they grow as you and your child grow. I would really love to hear what other people have to say! Great idea!

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clara April 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Today at preschool pick up we were talking about the birthday party of one of the girls in the class. She invited the whole class.(and they all came! 18 4 year olds! ) And I said to one of the other moms, “when we were shopping for a birthday present for this girl, it was so weird to be walking down the ‘princess’ isle at the toy store. I never go down the ‘princess’ isle.” And the other mom, who has a daughter, said, “isn’t it wonderful? I LOVE the princess isle.”

I had to pull a sharp left with my tongue at that point.

Happy to chat with you guys anytime.

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