Thank you to Little Helper and The Motherhood for bringing us this conversation today. I love finding new tools to simplify my life and help running my household an easier task.
When I was first introduced to the new web-based tool called Little Helper, I thought it sounded like a great resource. Immediately, I thought of the family and friends I would invite to use it with me to help schedule and coordinate childcare for special events. The more I looked into it, though, the more I realized that it goes well beyond just that. Sure, childcare is one part of my daily life where I need a little help, but there is more.
In his post about Empowering the Chief Household Officer, Little Helper creator Paul Burke likens a home to a small business. It’s true, isn’t it? As moms, we keep the pace, handle chores, maintain a calendar, and more, just like a business professional would at a busy organization.
Let’s face it, we can’t do it all on our own. Families need support. Some families are able to get help from their relatives, others have a great support network of friends, and others rely on word of mouth to find the help they need. I know that I outsource certain tasks!
We hire folks to come out and do our lawn. My daughter has been hired many times to walk dogs in the neighborhood. I’ve watched my friends’ children when they needed a night away. We need people around us to help us lighten the load of the pressures of everyday life.
That’s where Little Helper comes in. First, you join. Invite folks that you normally connect with to help you out. Who would you ordinarily call, email, or text if you needed something? Who contacts you when they need something? These are the folks that you should get in your Little Helper Network.
Once you’ve built up a network of family and friends, you can all connect with each other to ask for a little help.
I don’t know about you, but I hate the one on one confrontation when it comes time to ask for help watching my kids. I feel like it’s just too much to ask of anyone (I have 5, you know!?).
Little Helper makes it easy to create an event, input information about what you’re asking for (in my case, what the event is, how many kids I need childcare for, how much I’m willing to pay, date, and time), and gently ask those you choose for a little help. It sends an email to them, or they can review the requests in their own Little Helper accounts. Everyone you’ve sent the request to can view the information you’ve put in there and decide whether or not they can help you out.
If the event is coming up and no one has offered, you can send reminders to ask them again.
The web application itself is so simple to use. I used it from the web both on my computer and on my phone. It is easy to move things around and make changes. I was able to invite a few family members, and I plan to invite friends as they naturally offer to watch my children. I’m telling you, I hate to be forward and ask outright! 🙂 The Little Helper is a solution for me, because I can be polite and crowd source for help. No one feels singled out or pressured.
The same process can be used for other things, like dog walking, house sitting, lawn mowing, and more. It’s a simple and low-pressure way to request some help from people that you already know. I love that it doesn’t put anyone on the spot right away. When I make a phone call asking for help, I sometimes feel like people just agree because they are afraid to say no to me. I want people to offer to help because they want to, not because they feel like they have to!
I would imagine this would result in better reliability, too, because it gives people a chance to really check their schedules or even ask around in their networks to see if anyone could help you out.
Are you interested in finding out more? Check out the Little Helper website to try it out for yourself.
Who will you invite to be in YOUR Little Helper network?
What are some areas in your life where you need #alittlehelp ?