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- July 23, 2008

Mom and dad's duties get virtual nip-tuck

Web startup aims to streamline parenting, joins trend of moms online

by Arden Pennell

Being a parent is a bit like conducting a symphony, to hear Palo Alto resident Nazila Alasti describe it. Just to attend a kids' soccer game, a slew of movements must be coordinated among families, from carpooling to snack duty — all subject to last-minute cancellation if another child's plans change, she said.

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Posted by Sally Parker
a resident of Professorville
on Jul 23, 2008 at 11:37 am

Go Jooners! I've been using the site to keep my calendar and organize our scout troop activities. I put the scout schedule in a calendar and sent it to all the troop parents. Then they all got reminders automatically and if I made a change - the change was auto-updated in everyone's calendar! Very cool.

I just used Jooners to organize our scout year-end back-packing trip. I just made a list of everything that was needed - from 4 volunteers to equipment like whistles, tarps and propane stoves - and sent it out. Everyone could see what was already taken and then signed up for what was left. So fast and easy. Very very cool.

I'm hoping to get my kid's room mothers using Jooners this fall. Does anyone out there have any experience with this?

Posted by Mother of 4
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2008 at 12:16 pm

I expect I will use it if someone emails me and asks me to join in, and if it is as easy as it sounds, I may make my other commitments join in, but I am not tech savvy enough or have enough time to start something new on my own.

Posted by jooners forever, and ever, and ever and ever and ever
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2008 at 12:46 pm

Warning: once you've signed up with Jooners, it's virtually impossible to get off their list. You'll get weekly emails from them whether you want it or not - repeated requests to have them stop will go ignored.

Posted by Jooners
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 23, 2008 at 3:13 pm

From Jooners here...

So sorry you're not enjoying our weekly schedule...
Most Jooners members value the weekly email we send of their up-coming week's schedule. It kicks-off the week in an organized way. Often it's forwarded to spouses and kids to keep everyone in sync.

SOLUTION: At the bottom of every weekly schedule are directions of how to turn off this email. If you need further assistance please contact us on [email protected] We're happy to help.

Posted by Doug G.
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 23, 2008 at 3:18 pm

You've pointed this article toward moms mostly! Don't forget us dads! I used Jooners to organize our softball team last spring. It was great to have parents just sign up for what volunteer job they wanted. Then when it came time for our season's year end party it was easy to send out a list of what we needed and have parents sign-up for what wasn't already taken...because they could see this on the sign-up sheet. I say thank you Jooners!

Posted by Fredrica
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 24, 2008 at 7:11 am

I've tried Jooners and while it does help with some of the coordination tasks with other families, I haven't found it to be as useful to me on a daily basis as another tool that I started using late last year. It's called Cozi ( Cozi is another free service that I find to be more useful with helping me manage the rigors of my own daily family life. It's more comprehensive and incredibly user friendly and intuitive - I highly recommend it - I don't know how I've lived without it for so long!!

Posted by Mother of 3
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 24, 2008 at 7:50 am

I too have tried Jooners and found it somewhat helpful, albeit confusing to navigate, though I like the changes made recently. I prefer to use Center'd (www.Center' another free local site that made my 200 person school picnic run incredibly smoothly. I use it instead of evite for birthdays and can plan all my carpools, sport snack sign up's
PLUS get great local information on where to get me nails done or the best orthodontist to use all in one place - gotta love that!

Posted by Melissa
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Jul 24, 2008 at 8:21 am

Jooner's is re-positioning themselves - they used to be more focused on calendars for schools and PTAs (but never got much traction aside from a few schools in Palo Alto). It appears they are trying to move into the more general use category. There are several other companies that have been doing this for awhile including...
- Teamsnap for sports
- for big organizations

Posted by Center'd
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 24, 2008 at 11:09 am

Thank you neighbors for mentioning Center'd! Just wanted to post the right URL so others on this thread can explore. The correct url for the site is :

Would love your feedback.

Posted by PatrickC
a resident of another community
on Jul 24, 2008 at 11:16 am

I think it's great that there are these new tools to help families and communities get organized. I personally chose to use Qlubb for my weekly dinner group because it is really easy to setup and easy for other members to participate. It will be interesting to see how each of the different approaches shake-out - but for us as the consumer its great to see so many options.

Posted by Cindy Roberts, Professorville
a resident of Professorville
on Jul 24, 2008 at 5:13 pm

As one of the original Jooners staff members I first want to thank the Palo Alto Weekly for their article.

For those of you who are ready to use Jooners to save some time, I have personally used the site for several of Addison's Daisy girl scout sign ups with great success. Within 24 hours of sending out the request I had volunteers signed up for
- the Daisy meeting snack volunteers
- volunteers to run a field trip
I also used the site for
- uniform orders

Members and non members can sign up for tasks. They will be reminded a few days prior to the task as well has have the task on their Jooners calendar for reference.

Posted by Elizabeth
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 13, 2008 at 2:42 pm

Jooners is a fantastic way to keep parents in sync and communicating with each other to manage their kids' activities, ranging from Girl Scouts to sporting teams. But, for some parents, we have to coordinate 3 different calendars - a work calendar on Microsoft Outlook, a family calendar on Google Calendar, and a community calendar on Jooners. I would love to be able to see all of these calendars in just one place! I can sync my Google Calendar with MS Outlook (which then syncs to my blackberry for calendar viewing "on the go"), but I still have to manage the Girl Scout troop calendar on Jooners. It would be fabulous if the Jooners calendar could also sync with MS Outlook!

Posted by jooners forever, and ever, and ever and ever and ever
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 13, 2008 at 2:58 pm

"Warning: once you've signed up with Jooners, it's virtually impossible to get off their list. You'll get weekly emails from them whether you want it or not - repeated requests to have them stop will go ignored."
I stand by my earlier warning: once you sign up it's impossibly difficult to get off their list. I'm STILL getting mail. Our class this year uses Yahoo groups. I have peace of mind that I can drop out safely and completely whenever I choose.

Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 13, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Friend of mine is doing all her school parenting stuff on facebook now. Facebook is more fun than Yahoo groups.

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