2Houses provides separated or divorced parents a better way to communicate effectively to make their children’s lives easier. The site covers everything from medical issues to school and activities. Both parents can view a calendar. When one parent makes a schedule change, the other is sent a notification and can choose to accept it. Expense related tools also help divorced parents sort out who is paying for what when it comes to their children. Expenses are entered and the system will determine when a balance is achieved based on the parent’s predefined rules. A journal is built in so parents can share information about their children, such as the results of a parent-teacher conference or doctor’s visit. Parents are also given access to an information bank that stores a number of vital details, from telephone numbers of coaches and instructor to immunization records, blood type and shoe size.Show more screenshots »
2Houses was founded by Gill Ruidant in May of 2011. The application contains a number of helpful tools that can streamline the communication process between separated and divorced parents. There has not been much attention given to 2Houses, however the application is still growing. Although some aspects could be used in a passive aggressive way by a disgruntled parent, it has a lot to offer parents who truly want their child to succeed regardless of their relationship status.
It is hard to compare 2Houses to other applications because there really aren’t many quite like it. The application is essentially an organization and scheduling tool with a twist: it is geared towards separated or divorced parents. Users can communicate easily without making awkward phone calls. Although any tool will require cooperation from both parents to some degree, 2Houses can help iron out miscommunication issues long before they have a chance to happen.
2Houses has a very appealing design that favors shades of green. The application uses hints of pink and blue to help identify calendar days while expenses are sorted into columns that take minimal time to read. The application handles all the calculation and information storage so parents only have to visit and obtain whatever they need. 2Houses’ user friendly interface will make each visit as painless as possible, whether the user needs to know their child’s size to purchase a gift or wants to retrieve medical information to take to the hospital.
New users can sign up for a 2Houses account by clicking the green “Let’s Get Started – It’s Free” button found along the left hand side of the homepage. The registration form appears at the center of the following page and asks for a first and last name, email address, password, time zone and role (either father or mother). A blue button at the bottom of the form invites users to sign up with a Facebook account if they prefer to do so. The user is automatically taken to their account dashboard and can begin adding children to their profile. The user must confirm their email address within seven days to officially register their account.
2Houses is available to all users for free. This is probably a good approach because the site offers many services that are available for free through other third party applications. It also eliminates the possible argument about who should pay for the service if one or both parents wants it. Users can access all current features and add multiple children to their profile.
2Houses is intended for separated or divorced parents with children. The application can help tremendously when planning schedules for children or working through other issues and situations that often crop up in the lives of parents who are not living together. Children can benefit (even though they do not use the application directly) by enjoying the benefits of a smoother, less stressful relationship between their divorced or separated parents.