Talking Parents vs. Our Family Wizard
All About The “Talking Parents” Communication Website And How It Compares To Florida’s Our Family Wizard Site
Raising children with care and nurturing has never been an easy task, no matter how many years you go back in history. The responsibility of seeing to the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual development of a human child from birth to age l8 and sometimes further can, at times, seem overwhelming. And, when a family is broken for reasons of divorce (dissolution of marriage) or separation, in the case of parenting outside of marriage, any minor child born or adopted by the couple will have their lives impacted in many ways. Parents, too, will undergo a variety of upheavals that often require the intervention of professionals to help put everyone on the right path, especially in the area of communication. Sometimes parents will voluntarily seek out help, and sometimes a judge will order the help. Parental communication is often one of the most difficult aspects of parenting minor children following a breakup, so there have been some creative programs designed to help.
In the state of Florida, two online programs are used by courts and parents, Talking Parents and Our Family Wizard. Their prime goal is to provide a platform where communication can be stored with no chance of deleting or alteration. There can be no possibility of “he said” or “she said” as all communications are kept in their exactly stated format. Conversations are only available to those in the court or those the couple has designated. Both sites are secure. So let’s take a look at each communication platform and see the similarities and differences.
Talking Parents: is a communication program online that is basic and quite easy to use. It does not offer as many extras as Our Family Wizard, which we will look at next, but its basic service of recorded, unchangeable communications is free. You will need to pay for records of access and communication in printed or PDF format. Talking parent is designed for conversation retention and does not keep track of documents or records nor handle payments from one parent to the other involving their child. However, this service does record when messages are viewed and when a parent signs in.
Our Family Wizard: This program, starting at the cost of $99 a year, aims to allow straightforward unchangeable communication by using a messaging board. Parents can keep track of upcoming events with their children and discuss issues such as the need for an overnight custody exchange due to a special event. The Our Family Wizard has a color-coded calendar to help keep track of parenting plan responsibilities and parental timesharing schedules. Even the number of times a parent has logged into the account is recorded, so a parent cannot say they didn’t know about a certain message or event. By communicating online with no alterations, parties are less likely to use derogatory words and accusatory statements, especially knowing others can read what was said. And another advantage is that you can receive documental payments and track financial expenses, all secure in what this program terms an expense log. Having a secure record of what expenses are needed, paid, and received is most helpful if there is a discrepancy between the parents regarding who is paying for what and why.
Both services, Talking Parents and Our Family Wizard, go a long way in helping parents communicate important issues regarding the care and nurturing needs of their minor children following a divorce or separation. Deciding which service is best for you is something you will want to discuss with your attorney. Your attorney will have a professional overview of how you and your former spouse communicate and how much help you may need to make responsible, noninflammatory communication happen. To learn more about these programs, you can visit their websites at talkingparents.com and ourfamilywizard.com.