About us | storybook-app

An app that combines bedtime stories with infant massages. A new way to strengthen the relationship between parents and children.

Thanks to the support of thousands of parents, I’ve been able to get my message across the 5 continents and help more than 20.000 families to connect with each other. Now I want to share my story with you.

A drastic change of plans

By October 2014, my family and I had a well-planned life. My oldest son was 3 years old and my second son just had his first birthday. My husband had a good job, we had bought a car and lived in a cute little house with our rushed-breakfast, kindergarten, and diapers’ routine. Everything changed at one lunch. My husband called me and told me he was on his way home with some crazy news. He earned a scholarship to study abroad and after a long conversation the idea of doing it in Australia 🐨 came up (one of the most expensive countries). The scholarship was enough to pay for tuition and rent so besides studying my husband would have to work to support us.

A reality check

By October 2014, my family and I had a well-planned life. My oldest son was 3 years old and my second son just had his first birthday. My husband had a good job, we had bought a car and lived in a cute little house with our rushed-breakfast, kindergarten, and diapers’ routine. Everything changed at one lunch. My husband called me and told me he was on his way home with some crazy news. He earned a scholarship to study abroad and after a long conversation the idea of doing it in Australia 🐨 came up (one of the most expensive countries). The scholarship was enough to pay for tuition and rent so besides studying my husband would have to work to support us.

Two months after the news we had emptied our house. We sold everything we had, asked for a loan, and hopped on a plane, my husband, me and two babies ready for a 50-hour flight to the other side of the world (we are originally from Ecuador).
Everything was so fast that we didn’t have time to go through the importance of the decision we just made and the challenge that it meant for the four of us.
We arrived to Australia 3 days later and as the days passed the initial emotion became an anxiety attack, what now? 🤷‍♀️ We have to look for a house, we need to find a job, bank, where to do the groceries, doctor, understand the public transport system, 😥 etc. etc. etc.
For the first year, our routine was really heavy: We would have breakfast at 7am, my husband would go to work (an app development company that was a 2-hour trip away from home). At 4:30 he’d go directly from work to the university. He’d go out of classes by 9:30pm. Arriving home at 10-10:30pm. That’d leave me entire days with my two kids in a 70m2 department, in complete isolation. With no friends, I used the only time I had for myself to practice the language, so I felt like nothing more than a boring housewife, a bit selfless, and my children would spend all day doing pranks and being naughty; fighting, crying, and as the time passed, so my patience ran out.
We looked for information on an infant massage course and the truth is that I got excited like I haven’t gotten about anything else in a long time. It was a 1-year course that credited me as Child Therapist supported by the Massage Association of Australia. The problem, it was expensive. My husband asked for a loan at work and we managed to pay for it.

Is always darknest before the dawn. A new opportubity!

At some point, our economic situation improved a little and we finally were able to put our oldest son in the kindergarten. That gave me a little bit more time and peace to look for an English course which I could attend with my baby, who was 2 years old at that time. In that English group I made friends from countries I never expected hearing about, one of them, from Indonesia, told me about a website to find courses of all sorts.
We looked for information on an infant massage course and the truth is that I got excited like I haven’t gotten about anything else in a long time. It was a 1-year course that credited me as Child Therapist supported by the Massage Association of Australia. The problem, it was expensive. My husband asked for a loan at work and we managed to pay for it.

During the course, they insisted on the importance of the parent-son interaction during the massage.

When I practised with my kids I had a hard time interacting because I was concentrated in doing the techniques the right way and I started telling them short stories. The massage became interactive and I started noticing how they enjoyed when I told them that things like “the little flea was jumping” while I gave little pinches to their backs.

The massage time became a tradition at home.

The kids would run to their bedroom and fight for who was going to receive the massage first. And they associated them with the stories: “I want the one about the fly” “I want the one about the hippo”. In a few days, I could see clear improvements in their behaviour. I felt that they had more confidence and became more caring… without exaggerating, I found the way to connect with them (Before that I was only giving them attention)
We started to enjoy more together, until this day my oldest son comes to me when he’s a little bit frustrated and ask for a face massage; that’s where he likes it the most be because it relaxes him, and he’s learning to channel his emotions and stress better. 👼🏻❤️.
With my second son I connected so much, that that was the space where I asked him how he was doing, or we could share a couple of words and that way I got to know and understand what he needed and asked for, then his sleeping improved dramatically. 😴😴😴

I shared my “discovery” in class!

my teacher said that telling stories while massage is one of the most effective ways to create rapport, especially before sleeping. She recommended some related books and I decided to try them, but they had a huge problem. It’s impossible to read a story if you have to follow the instructions that came in the book. The process made it feel complicated, the massage was not fluid, the kids would lose interest, and I’d feel a little worthless.

I came up with the idea that the stories could work well but in a mobile app.

I mentioned the idea to my husband and gave him some story drafts and massages I had in mind; he talked with his boss and a few days later, he called us and said that he tried the idea with his children and they loved it. He decided to invest in the project. Between classes, children, and house duties I managed to finish the stories and techniques. We went back to our country, my husband continued working with the Australian company and the project developed for most of 2017.

Finally, I can tell that STORYBOOK is now on available for iPhone and Android

It is available at a small cost, but it’s nothing compared to the effort and love that we’ve put into it and to everything that can do for you and your little ones.

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It is incredible how entrepreneurship can find us in the toughest times of our life. What I want the most with this project is to share with other mommies a tool that changed my relationship with my sons and improved their health but above all our connection ❤️
I’m keen to reading your comments when you try the app. I’m already working in some updates for the next version and I hope to have a few workshops for mommies.
As life lesson, I learnt with my own flesh and bones that the beautiful task of being parents is not only about giving attention, it’s about creating a connection with your children. Like my teacher used to say:

“Is not attention, is connection”

Daniela, mother of Juan Daniel and Tomas