Hi! I'm Fiona, founder of the Home Sweet Homes journal and planner for co-parents and child.
I'm a single mom to a 5-year-old boy. I'm a former analyst, turned dreamer, turned creator and small business owner after finding a lack of resources and tools available to support young children after a separation or divorce.
After my son's dad and I separated, I remember feeling so many things. I was stressed, anxious, and worried about my son having to adjust to the constant back and forth between homes. I felt sad to miss out on my son's day to day life. And, I also felt guilty for putting my son through this situation.
And so, I looked for any tools or products that could help those who co-parented but found there weren't a whole lot of solutions that existed - especially something geared toward young children.
Aside from therapy and children's books, there were co-parenting apps. Although they were helpful for adults, it wasn't a solution that directly involved children. I had this nagging feeling that I wanted to figure out a solution, I just had no idea what it was yet...
How the Home Sweet Homes Co-parenting Journal was Born
I consider creating the Home Sweet Homes journal and planner a happy accident. In the midst of the pandemic, June 2020, I was at a dollar store and came across a mini planner which cost $2. I actually debated whether or not to buy it! On the days my son was at my home, I started writing in a summary of our day and asked my son's dad to do the same.
When my son came back home with the planner, it was not only nice, but extremely helpful knowing what they had been up to. I started involving my son in the process, helping him use the calendar to see his schedule and writing in our daily summary together.
My $2 purchase evolved to become a back-and-forth journal and planner which was so useful for all three of us that I wanted to create and design one specifically to help co-parents and their children facing the same problems we experienced.
In August, I began mocking the design, with one intention in mind; how to best support a child living in two homes. Finally in February 2021, after countless hours of brainstorming, writing, editing, and dreaming I had the first prototype of Home Sweet Homes in my hands.
The Home Sweet Homes Mission
My mission through Home Sweet Homes is to help co-parents and their child stay connected while bringing a child comfort and joy across their two homes.
By combining the benefits of a journal and planner into a tool that stays with your child, I hope to bring some positivity out of a stressful and hard event .