Read the stories from SquareHub families and see how Squarehub has streamlined their daily communication and brought the most important people in their life closer together!
We are the Wilsons. Dan and I have four children, Sofia (18), Josie (17), Elijah (15) and Abe (12). Dan was the catcher for the Seattle Mariners for 12 years, and through all the traveling and everything that goes with it, our top priority was our family. We have always been close and with our oldest daughter having just left for college it is tough adjusting to the empty space. We miss her! In our family, we love to tease each other; it keeps us all smiling and my husband always says,”It is important not to take yourself too seriously.” So we try to have fun amid our busy schedules. Our kids are active. Balancing schedules and getting everyone where they need to be on time can be a challenge, and it takes true skill.
I am one of the few people left in the world who doesn’t have a Facebook account. So when my friend Susan (ex-wife of co-founder Dave Cotter) told me about SquareHub I was so excited! I loved the idea of sharing information and communicating with just our family. So I raced home and had all the kids download it. As you can imagine, all four kids saw it as the perfect place to tease me and started creating new “random people” in our family network (remember that part about not taking yourself too seriously)? I told them the more they teased me, the more I would use it! But, as time went on, they warmed up to it, especially when they realized they could dress up photos in SquareHub and have fun just amongst our crew. Now that our oldest attends an out-of-state college, SquareHub helps us stay even more connected. And the fact that it’s so simple for everyone in our family to use is great.
Our daughter Josie went away to summer camp shortly after we started using SquareHub. Late one night, while Josie was at camp, a message came through. She was missing the family and connected with us through SquareHub. My son immediately responded from up in his room, then we all began sending photos and having a dialogue. She was lonely being away from home and SquareHub helped her feel connected. The ability for our family to connect through one app, especially when one of the kids was feeling disconnected, made all the initial teasing worth it!
“I love the idea of sharing information and communicating with just our family.”
My husband, our two daughters, ages 10 and 12, and we are the classic over-scheduled family. Both girls do a combined ten hours of dance a week, three hours of ice-skating, two hours of private music lessons, and two hours of yoga.
We love this app! Our oldest was pining away for a Facebook account, but after witnessing the cruelty that can be dished out with zero accountability from other kids, Facebook was not an option. SquareHub allowed our oldest the Facebook experience that she craved, while our youngest could participate without risk. However, SquareHub fit our lives in so many ways than just this. It has not only become our “Facebook” but the command center for our busy lives. Just a few months after downloading it, we completely stopped texting each other. SquareHub fulfilled that communication need and did it in a way that was translucent.
The kids LOVE that the things they like to do is in one place. Rather than using multiple apps to take a picture, embellish and save it to the camera roll, upload and post it to multiple locations, they can do everything on SquareHub. The added benefit is that Mom and Dad don't have to be on Instagram. For example my daughter posted on SquareHub the Starbucks menu, complete with arrows pointing to the drinks she wanted to try. I was the "cool mom" and suggested we try them. Before SquareHub, this would have required multiple apps and resulted in a close up shot of my face on Instagram (which I hate). The added benefit was our youngest was part of the conversation, which saved me from dealing with a pouting 10-year-old in the corner because she didn't know about the Oreo frappe.
“SquareHub allowed our oldest the Facebook experience that she craved, while our youngest could participate without risk.”
Our most rewarding moment was when our oldest daughter was feeling sad, but was too embarrassed to come talk us directly. She has always found it easier to put her feelings down on paper, so she wrote out her feelings on SquareHub. It not only allowed her to be a lot more honest and frank without the possibility of us interrupting her, but I believe it avoided an emotional outburst before either of us knew what was going on. Going forward, both girls know that they can use SquareHub to spark a conversation that they may have difficulty starting in person.
We call ourselves the Johnson Five. We are a super-active family with our three boys, ages 10, 8 and 6, participating in several sports and multiple activities. My husband travels a ton so when we are all home together we like to hike, travel, go to movies and hang out with friends. We have a lot of fun together.
We love SquareHub! My husband and I have struggled with the “calendar” and with “communication” over which kid has what activity and when (this really means he does not “hear” me and often forgets what I said). We are grateful to have found SquareHub after many failed attempts to organize our family through various other methods. SquareHub allows me to enter activities, and then send a notification to my husband that pops up on his phone. Voilà, we are communicating, and everyone knows the schedule!
We are so organized now, confident in our schedules and really communicating. As I am often at activities, I typically have my phone on silent for several hours at a time. My husband likes to know where we are and he checks in often during the day, especially while he is traveling. Now, when he can’t reach me on the phone, all he needs to do is check SquareHub to know where we are and what we are doing.
We love that SquareHub is intimate for just our family. It is the calendar/communication system that really works. I tell all of my friends they will love it and what a great tool it is for families. Spouses often struggle over simple communication and this app has become an amazing tool for us. Plus, I love the ease of having it on my phone so I can check anything at a moment’s notice. We just plug events in and we are off to the next event!
“We are so organized now, confident in our schedules and really communicating.”
All four of our children are away at college and I miss them terribly. Having them gone is hard because I didn’t just lose them; I lost all their friends and the noise they collectively brought into the home. I miss the sounds of them laughing and even yelling. Now, I hear the birds, dogs breathing and the clock ticking. But occasionally, I hear a “ting.” That ting is the sound of SquareHub, the sound of one of us reaching out to the rest. I live for that “ting.”
A reviewer described SquareHub as “a social network for families.” You choose who you want to participate with—privately. I thought it sounded neat. Not everyone was thrilled to download it, but to make mom happy, they did. Now we all use it. Even my husband and one of my children who never participated in social media are using SquareHub.
We had a dinner party for just the six of us to celebrate the kids leaving for college the next day. The celebration felt more like my last supper knowing these babies I had spent the last 22 years raising were about to leave. During dinner, each kid was given a large bucket filled with things that they would need for school: paper, pens, printer ink, flash drives, candy, lanyards for keys, etc. The kids, ages 18, 19, 20 and 22, laughed and joked and made wisecracks all through dinner while I held back tears. However, there was a silver lining, I made everyone download an app I had found called SquareHub!
The kids send pictures of themselves kayaking, attending football games and eating donuts; they make wisecracks on each other’s pictures and updates. My husband and I send pictures of our trips to Lowe’s and of Dad doing the kids’ chores. SquareHub allows you to draw on the pictures you upload, and that has been something the kids love to do to tease each other and us. The kids are all at the same college and meet each other for dinner every Sunday evening. The pictures from those dinners make me cry. It is hard to deal with the start of this new chapter of my life. They call it an empty nest and it is much harder than I thought it would be, but my SquareHub has really made it a softer-lined empty nest. My nest is empty but my SquareHub is full!
My husband works full-time to bring home the bacon, and I work part-time from home while running the household and taking care of our daughter (9) and our son (6). We try really hard not to over schedule our kids, but it seems like the simple activities have made our lives very busy. Both kids participate in multiple sports, including martial arts, basketball, baseball and soccer.
The kids begged for Facebook accounts, but good grief, they are only nine and six! I downloaded SquareHub on their iPads and our iPhones so they could be introduced to social media with boundaries. The kids instantly took off with it, loving the ability to communicate and take pictures with the added bonus of editing photos with hats and glasses. SquareHub has allowed them to participate in social media, but with limits.
We tested SquareHub at a resort in Hawaii. With SquareHub, our daughter explored the various areas of the resort without our supervision. We let her get up and go to the pool as long as she would check in as soon as she got there. She could also go to the gift shops and the activities center alone but was required to check in. She proved to us that she could handle a little more independence. SquareHub gave us the ability to gauge her readiness for more freedom – a big step!
In Hawaii, our son took a photo of him sitting poolside. He added a sombrero, glasses and a cigar using the SquareHub stickers and sent it to the family. He was so proud to have created this silly shot and to get a positive reaction. Of course, he then wanted to take pictures of strangers and add stickers in inappropriate places, giving me an opportunity to teach him social media etiquette. I am grateful we could have this discussion at age 5 within our family rather than at 13.
“SquareHub has allowed them to participate in social media, but with limits.”
We are a busy family with a 14-year-old girl, a 13-year-old boy, a black Lab and two working parents running our own company. Our daughter is every bit the American teenager: into boys, fashion, and music and on the freshman volleyball team. Our son keeps busy by playing a sport each season (football, basketball and lacrosse). Once he discovers girls, things will get a lot more interesting. Thankfully my husband Pete has a wicked sense of humor, which our kids seem to have inherited, so as busy as we are, we still have a lot of fun together.
We first heard about SquareHub through friends in Seattle. We were excited to have a private way of communicating within our family. Group texting was a pain because it was hard to track messages and make sure everyone was in the loop. SquareHub worked perfectly for us because it allowed everyone to know who was picking up whom and where we were at any given time. Pete and I often travel for work while the kids stay with my mom. SquareHub is an easy way to check in and keep in touch with them, which is important to us. We usually have “selfie” contests, which always make us laugh. The kids have a lot of fun changing the photos with the stickers and captions.
Our kids can’t get enough of the photo editor and how much more visually appealing SquareHub is than group texting. When our daughter was away for camp, she loved being able to easily communicate with the rest of the family, and I don’t think she would have done that if we didn’t have Squarehub.
“SquareHub is an easy way to check in and keep in touch...”
I love that we are able to capture the kids doing normal stuff (eating, waiting for an appointment) and turn it into a funny picture. I can always guarantee a laugh when I hear the notification for SquareHub. For teenagers, fitting in is the highest priority and they avoid doing anything that might make them stand out. So this is a great way that as a family we can have a lot of fun and not take ourselves too seriously.
Ours is a non-traditional family. I’m a single mom working two jobs and raising two girls aged 11 and 14. The girls are active in music and sports and while my mom helps, she also works, so trying to manage the girls with their sports schedules, my jobs, church events and daily activities is challenging.
I discovered SquareHub after searching the Apple App Store for family organization. SquareHub was the first app listed and it sounded perfect for our needs. The best part was, it cost nothing! I would’ve paid for it, however, because it was exactly what I wanted. We currently have four people in our home using the app and it was super easy to set up. My kids love it because they know exactly when mom will be at work and when they have activities. They use it at home to send photos and messages back and forth. We use SquareHub every single day.
“SquareHub kept us connected in a way that we haven’t been in the past.”
We love the star function. The girls try to outdo each other for reward stars and now reward each other. They were actually fair with each other and made a great game out of their chores and the stickers. It has been a great tool for teaching the girls responsibility and fairness towards each other. On a recent trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, with the girls a little bit older and armed with SquareHub, they were allowed to venture out on their own a little bit. SquareHub kept us connected in a way that we haven’t been in the past. We love to visit Disney World every year and I can’t wait to try SquareHub on our next trip. Having SquareHub will allow the girls to ride the rides on their own, yet keep in contact with me while we are separated.
Five years ago, my husband and I divorced. I had been a stay-at-home mom for 10 years, raising our three girls, now 14, 11 and 9. With this big change, our lives took a completely different course. I not only went back to work but also opened my own fitness studio, and rather than the girls having one home, they had two. Now my ex-husband and I jointly raise our active daughters. Our schedules are full, our lives are busy and like most families, some days we feel spread too thin. Divorce can be a dead end for families, but I am very proud to say that we have done it well and SquareHub has helped immensely.
As the ex-wife of SquareHub founder Dave Cotter, I was introduced to it very early in the game. It is hard enough to communicate and schedule a busy family under one roof, but when you toss in the complication of two households, it can be nearly impossible. Paperwork gets lost, wires get crossed and events are forgotten. Dave had an answer for all of that—SquareHub. It is the one place where we keep and share all of our information. We no longer depend on multiple texts, emails and phone calls.
Aside from watching Dave's brainchild grow into this incredible product, it has been very rewarding seeing the girls buy into it and learn how to use it so quickly. Okay, the truth is I was able to use it! I am not the most tech savvy lady, but SquareHub is so user friendly that even I got it. It's hard having time away from the girls, but with the check-ins, posted photos and updates, I don't feel like I miss as much as I used to.
After loading SquareHub on our devices for the first time, we sat together laughing while choosing profile photos, scheduling things like “Carrie clean the toilets,” “Dad go on a diet” and “Grace clean your room for once.” We were hooked and finally connected. I knew right then that things were going to get a little bit easier. Emails wouldn't be ignored or texts not returned, because every bit of important information would pass through SquareHub and it wouldn't be missed.
“It‘s hard enough to communicate and schedule a busy family under one roof, let alone two!!
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