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Since becoming a Dad have you secretly wished you could read your partner’s or children’s mind?

If you, as a Dad, could only instill one value in your children, what would it be?

Is parenting for Dads today easier or harder than when you were growing up?

With hindsight, did you enjoy spending lockdown with your family?

These are just some of the questions that a new daily survey app called Parent Ping has been asking parents. The aim of Parent Ping is to help you learn how other parents are dealing with life, without the usual hassles of social media

How does it work? Easy! Download the free Parent Ping app from the Play Store or the App Store. Each day your phone will PING! and send at least 2 questions to answer. You can decide how many of your children you’d like to answer questions about, and we aim to make the whole thing as easy and simple as possible. Once answered, you get to see the answers from yesterday. The app also rewards you with badges, points and a daily read about some aspect of parenting.

Who can join in?

We know that families and parents come in all shapes and sizes and hold no preconceptions about that. Anyone with parental responsibility for at least one child can use this app.

What’s in it for parents?

Parent Ping enables users to quickly give views and learn what other parents think, without the usual worries of social media. The information can also be shared with people who can make changes that affect parents, for example school leaders or government officials, giving parents a powerful voice in important conversations. So far data from Parent Ping has been used by The Guardian, The Times, The Sun, Channel 4 News and The Cabinet Office.

Neil, a single dad of 2, has been using Parent Ping for 7 months. He says:

I feel that, very often, as a Dad not many people proactively seek our experience or viewpoints. When they do, I often find that the questions are gendered or based on stereotypes. It presupposes what I might want to share or discuss as a Dad.

Parent Ping is different. Parent Ping allows me to share my experience of being a parent as an equal parent. No assumptions. No bias. I can share my opinion and perspective as a parent, first and foremost.

Where can I find out more information?

The Parent Ping website and blog gives you all the information you need:

On a phone use this link:

And in case you were wondering…

35% of dads say kindness is the one value they’d install in their own children;

50% of dads think parenting is harder than when they were growing up; and

77% of dads enjoyed spending lockdown with their family.

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