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1st-time parent? Go online to get advice on raising kids

Saturday, 17 November 2012 - 8:15am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
A first-time parent from Goregaon, Deepal Parekh, says these online communities have become like her surrogate family which lend motherly advice on raising her four-year-old daughter.

Raing a child without any help from mothers and in-laws is a very difficult task. Now, first-time parents living in cities like Mumbai are turning to online communities for help.

A first-time parent from Goregaon, Deepal Parekh, says these communities have become like her surrogate family as she turns to them for help whenever she needs motherly advice on raising her four-year-old daughter.

“Raising a child on our own miles away from our family is scary. My parents and in-laws live in Gujarat.  After my daughter was born, I stumbled upon a few parent networks and now rely on them. Since we are all in similar situations, we help each other through our experiences,” Parekh said.

Website paretune.com is the first-of-its-kind pro-parenting website. It is India’s first social networking platform exclusive for  parents. They can interact with each other directly, leave comments and also share pictures, articles, blogs, and others. It offers expert-validated tools and applications that are relevant and useful for parents. The website already has more than 1,600 young parents registered while 600 more requests are pending confirmation.

Founder and CEO of the site, Nitin Pandey said, “This community has been started to  make parenting a joyful experience and help reduce parents’ anxiety levels. Now-a-days, parents do not have a support system, like a joint family or an extended family, to help them out. We are trying to make an online community to act as a support system for them.”

Registration to the website is done only after a reference and ID check to ensure that only genuine parents log on. Parents can also choose ‘My Interests’ to get optimised content suited to their needs. “All studies, articles and blogs are developed by our experts. The community was formed after six months of research and interactions with 2,000 parents,” Pandey said.

In the community, parents can share their anxieties with an expert panel that consists of a child psychologist, paediatrician, parenting expert, and even a nutritionist and wellness expert.

Net gain
Website paretune.com is the first-of-its-kind pro-parenting website
Here, parents can interact with each other directly, leave comments and also share pictures, articles, blogs, and others
The website has more than 1,600 young parents registered, while 600 more requests are pending confirmation




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