Parenting Herois an app created on the premise no matter how many parenting books you read, a lot of that knowledge vacates your brain when faced with an indignant child on the verge of a meltdown. The app, currently available on iOS, takes tenets from the book “How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7” and presents them in role-playing scenarios that guide users through different responses to common parenting dilemmas.
Developed by Warsaw-based education app startup Mythic Owl, Parenting Hero is illustrated with 1,500 panels hand-drawn by graphic designer Katarzyna Struczynska. Mythic Owl was founded in 2014 by chief executive officer Tomasz Mularczyk to create games that devote educators more teaching tools.
The former chief technology officer of Medicalgorithmics, which builds cardiac monitoring devices, Mularczyk told TechCrunch that he went to a lot of parenting workshops to learn the best ways to communicate with his three children, but felt there should be a better route to practice techniques than for the first time with a kid.
Mularczyk’s mother and father owned copies of classic parenting books by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, the authors of “How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk.” As a adolescent, Mularczyk liked to browsings through their comic-like illustrations. When he had kids of his own, Mularczyk returned to the books for advice and discovered an app opportunity.