Original press release dated November 2, 2000
Parents: Do more than just click at new Web site
Moms and dads can cast their votes on various parenting issues, offer feedback on products, print practical checklists and enjoy other interactive tools and games at a new Web site, Interactive Parent (InteractiveParent.com).
The site links parents to information about everything from diapering tips to parenting strategies to expert advice from a panel of pediatricians.
Most of the nearly 300 articles and features — covering pregnancy through raising teens — invite users to get interactive by voting in polls, voicing their opinions on the message boards, taking notes or downloading checklists. Parents can quickly customize notes for the babysitter using one of the site’s online tools, or play a game to get ideas for rainy day activities. Visitors are also invited to use the site’s unique Reviews Database to rate and review their favorite resources, such as minivans, TV shows, books and restaurants.
Parents can also take advantage of a proprietary service, the Interactive Notepad, which allows visitors to save tips from the articles, write notes and reminders to themselves, as well as store direct links to site downloads and other favorite pages.
Californian Nancy Price and Betsy Gartrell-Judd of Ohio, who “met” online after giving birth on the same day in 1996, designed Interactive Parent to counter the “same old” presentation found on other parenting sites. Says Price, “We’re encouraging parents to get interactive — to talk about whatever is in the article, rate it, review it, vote on it or take something away with them — like notes, checklists or charts. We go beyond ‘just an article.'”
Site previews show that the two achieved their objective. “Packed with smart advice and good ideas for all kinds of families, Interactive Parent offers a fresh and fun place for parents to go on the Web,” remarked Elizabeth Pantley, mom of four and author of the books Perfect Parenting and Kid Cooperation. “Easy to navigate and pleasant on the eyes, this is the perfect site for parents to get connected with good information and each other. It has made its way to my list of favorites.”
Other Myria Media, Inc. properties include Myria, an award-winning online magazine for mothers; ePregnancy.com, a site for expectant parents; and SheKnows.com, a web directory featuring sites of interest to women.